Virginia (Lucero) Soto

August 16, 1930 ~ July 29, 2022 (age 91)


Virginia Soto, 91, passed away in her sleep on July 29, 2022. She was born on August 16, 1930 to Pelagio Lucero and Isidora (Castillo) Lucero in Magdalena, New Mexico. Virginia was blessed with a big heart, quick wit and sharp tongue. She was a lifelong resident of Socorro. After graduating from Socorro High School she married her honey, Arturo Soto. They enjoyed a long lasting, happy marriage. Some of her favorite recollections were of their weekend road trips all over New Mexico which were filled with laughter and delicious candy bars. She doted on her children and grandchildren. She loved kids. She never hesitated to take in a child in need, including nephews, nieces and family friends. Decades back a family member was reminiscing about a colorful nephew: his Auntie Virgie's tongue lashing was sharp, however the bail was paid. Once her nest emptied she discovered true joy: employment. Her career as a case worker at the New Mexico Department of Human Services was very rewarding. It is not work if you love what you do. She was there many years before illness forced her retirement. Virginia is predeceased by her parents, Pelagio and Isidora Lucero; husband, Arturo Soto; grandsons, Francisco Luis ("Louie") Tafoya II and Kevin Gonzales; siblings, Josephina Peralta, Lorenzo Lucero, Julian Lucero and Manuel Lucero. She is survived by her daughters, Christina Torres and Henrietta Tafoya; granddaughters, Jennifer Gonzales and Rebekah Tafoya; great granddaughter, Shanee Tafoya; and many nephews and nieces.

On Tuesday, August 9, 2022 Recitation of the Rosary will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:00am at San Miguel Church in Socorro, New Mexico.


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August 9, 2022

9:30 AM
San Miguel Church, New Mexico, Socorro

Mass of Christian Burial
August 9, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
San Miguel Church, New Mexico, Socorro

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