Evangeline B. Torres, 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at her daughter’s home in Hackettstown, N.J. surrounded by her loved ones.
Evangline was born on December 19th, 1931, in Socorro, New Mexico to Hermelindo Baca and Magdelena (Valenzula) Baca.
She is survived by her son, Rodney Torres of Edmond, Oklahoma and daughter, Roslyn Gifford of Hackettstown, NJ. She also leaves behind five loving grandchildren, Brandy Demark, Danielle Briseno, Robert Mata, Eloisa Romero and husband, Jason, and Felicia Casendino and husband, Robert, as well as seven great granddaughters, Lexington Demark, Shannon Briseno, Kelly Briseno, Taylei Romero, Tatum Romero, Frankie Casendino and Jayana Mata. She has two sister Prescilla Baca and Betty Alderete husband Jacinto.
Evangeline was a lifetime resident of Socorro. She was someone who spent her life helping those less fortunate than her, entertaining her family and friends, and being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother ( Baca Baca and gramma gramma).
Her smile lit up every room she entered and everyone who knew her will miss her. She was heavily involved in politics and unions. She spent her entire career as a educator for special needs children at Socorro Consolidated Schools. She was also a devoted member of the Harwood Methodist Church in Socorro.
Evangeline was preceded in death by her parents Hermelindo Baca and Magdelena (Valenzula) Baca. Her beloved husband, Robert A. Torres, who she was married to for 59 years, her beloved daughter, Ronaele DeYoung, as well as many brothers and a sister.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that any memorial contribution be made to the American Diabetes Association and the Lupus Foundation of America.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840