Maria Delfinia Barela, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Garland, Utah. She was born on June 10, 1930 to parents Leonardo & Emilia Martinez in Solo, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.
She married Eddie Mack Barela on November 29, 1969 in Elko, Nevada.
Delfinia has lived in Petaca, New Mexico; Washakie, Utah; Riverside, Utah, and Garland, Utah.
She worked for many years as a migrant worker, and head of migrant counsel.
Delfinia is a member of the Catholic Church. She traveled the world for the church, receiving many awards and certificates. She was involved in the IHRD migrant Head Start Program.
She dedicated her time to the Santa Ana Church, taught CCD for many years, held many fundraisers to help build Santa Ana Catholic Church. She was also the coordinator for the Santa Ana Catholic Church.
Delfinia is survived by her husband, Eddie Barela; 9 living children: Herman Archuleta (Linda), Jose Archuleta (Cheri), Becky Beltran, Walter Barela (Allison), Charlot McCafferty (Ken), Felix Barela (Bertha), Deana Millward (Mike), Shiralee Barela, Priscilla Maldonado (Felix); 38 grandchildren; 90 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; 5 brothers; and 2 sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents Emily & Leonardo Martinez; daughters Margaret Archuleta and Dorothy Sheriff; Daughter-in-law Shanon Archuleta; 4 great-great grandchildren Angelia, Amelia, Jessie, & James.
A rosary will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 18, 2018 followed by a viewing from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home (111 N. 100 E., Tremonton, UT 84337). A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Santa Ana Catholic Church (760 West 600 North Tremonton, UT 84337). Interment will be followed at the Riverside Cemetery.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Bear River Valley Hospital staff, Tremonton and Garland EMS and law enforcement, and Austin and Kylee Bowcutt.