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Rowena Joyce Eaton Baca

May 13, 1934 — February 20, 2024

Rowena “Rena” Joyce Baca peacefully entered eternal life on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Born on May 13th

in Socorro, NM, Rena led a remarkable life that touched the hearts of many. As a lifelong member of the

San Miguel Parish. She was known for her larger-than-life presence and a heart of gold that welcomed all

with open arms. She and her husband Adolfo successfully ran the Owl Bar and Café, in San Antonio, NM,

turning it into more than just a destination for traveling patrons but into a cozy corner of the family

dinner table where guests were embraced as family throughout the years. In 2018, Rowena and Adolfo

were honored by the New Mexico Restaurant Association as Restaurateurs of the Year, commending

their exceptional embodiment of entrepreneurship, community service, and exceptional hospitality. In

addition to her prominent role in the restaurant industry, Rowena demonstrated a strong commitment

to serving her community by holding positions such as Socorro County Commissioner and County

Treasurer. Her dedication extended to serving on several state boards, including the Public Safety Board,

where she passionately supported our state police officers. Rowena also represented her party as a

voting delegate at numerous state and national conventions. In her work as a public servant, she

generously supported our military, veterans, and first responders.


Rowena was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Odelia Chavez, William Eaton (Paula), her

beloved aunts Alice and Bernice, and her grandson Derek Baca. She is survived by her long-time love and

husband Adolfo Baca, her children: Linda Bunning (John), Janice Argabright (Steven), and Allen Baca

(Lorrie), her grandchildren: Maria Lawson (Bryant), Frank Bunning, Scott Bunning, Delia Bauer, Aimee

Parra (Abran), Matthew Argabright (Elise), and Austin Baca (Shannon), and her great-grandchildren:

Kadee Lawson, John T. Bunning, Kailey Bunning, Frank Bunning, Jr., Skyler Bunning, Scotty Bunning,

Sienna Bunning, Mia Bauer, Jakob Bauer, Morgan Parra, Maddison Parra, and Aynslei Baca. She is also

survived by her brother, Frank Chavez (Mary), sisters Sandra Carver (Richard), Carol Rail (Chester), Diane

Eaton, many cousins, her Owl family and many dear friends, whom she considered family.


Our family has been deeply touched by the overwhelming display of love and support from people

across the state. The heartfelt stories of inspiration, compassion, and joy have meant the world to us

during this difficult time. Services to honor Rowena will take place at San Miguel Parish on Thursday,

February 29th: Viewing 8:45am, Rosary 9:30am, Mass 10:00 am. Following the services Rowena will be

laid to rest at the San Antonio Cemetery. A celebration of Rowena’s life will be held March 23rd at the

Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio, 1-4pm. Rowena had a profound belief in the importance of serving

others, and one of the charities closest to her heart was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In lieu of

flowers, we kindly ask that donations be made to stjude.org in her memory.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Rowena Joyce Eaton Baca, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, February 29, 2024

8:45 - 9:30 am (Mountain time)

Old San Miguel Catholic Church

403 El Camino Real St, Socorro, NM 87801

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Rosary

Thursday, February 29, 2024

9:30 - 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Old San Miguel Catholic Church

403 El Camino Real St, Socorro, NM 87801

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Mass

Thursday, February 29, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Old San Miguel Catholic Church

403 El Camino Real St, Socorro, NM 87801

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Burial

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Starts at 11:30 am (Mountain time)

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