Cora Newton Machuca entered into the hands of the Lord surrounded by her loved ones on January 16, 2019 at the age of 81.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe A. Machuca; her parents, Pete and Ruth Newton; and brother, Ben Morales.
Cora is survived by her children, Cordelia Machuca (Andy Duron), Joe A. Machuca Jr. (Desmond), Chrizelda Greeson (Troy}; sister Irene Montanez (Orlando); grandchildren, AJ Duron (Jorge Valdez), Nicholas Duron, Jasper Stenstrom (Jocelyn); and sisters-in-law, Mary Gonzales (SL Gonzales+), and Alicia Morales.
Mass services will be held Saturday, February 16 at 1pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Davis, followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fort Davis.
Cora was born in Marfa on May 15, 1937 and raised in Fort Davis at the Dutchover Farm next to Limpia Creek. She is a descendant of the pioneer families of Anton Diedrick Dutchover and George Lyles.
While growing up in Fort Davis, she attended Anderson Elementary School and graduated with honors from Fort Davis High School in l955. In high school, Cora was admired for her lovely personality by the faculty, students and members of the community as well. In high school, she was a member of the student council, basketball manager, member of the FHA, majorette, and high ranking student in her junior and senior year which led to earn an academic scholarship.
While leading a very active life during her school years, she found time to help her Uncle and Aunt run the Cosden gas station located in the center of town where she was admired by all for her skills in customer service and beautiful personality.
In l957 Cora married the late Joe A. Machuca and moved to Marfa where they lived until l969.
While in Marfa, Cora was very active at St. Mary’s church and primary fundraiser for St. Mary’s Catholic School Parent Teacher Association.
Despite her departure to live in El Paso, she maintained that commitment and loyalty in support of her beloved communities of Fort Davis and Marfa.
In Fort Davis, she cherished her moments when helping Horace Crawford organize the traditional Fort Davis High School reunions.
For all who knew Cora, she left a vivid image of her sitting on a lawn chair in front of her vacation home viewing the annual 4th of July parade, greeting visitors and offering space to others on her sidewalk view.
In Marfa, another image, year after year sitting on her lawn chair under the tent of the Ex-Marfa Shorthorns of El Paso And Friends fundraiser booth during the Marfa Lights Festival. She would provide drinks, greet visitors and made them all feel welcome. She made a lasting impact towards the thousands of dollars raised for Marfa High School student scholarships.
Once in El Paso, her generosity and care for others continued. She is known for driving neighbors with disabilities to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, church activities and other needs as necessary. Cora had a personal ministry for visiting the sick, including her custom of knocking on their front door carrying a pineapple upside down or rum cake. Those deeds will greatly be missed.
In addition to raising a beautiful family, she found time to supplement her household income by working on a series of jobs such as mail courier for an El Paso State Bank and at Providence hospital. She also worked as a cook at St. Matthews Catholic Church Rectory, and prior to her retirement worked as a driver for the Manheim Auto Auction.
Once retired, she doubled her efforts in spending more time with her grandchildren that she dearly loved. Consequently, it is unpredictable how many hearts are left behind with a lifetime space within their hearts to enjoy the blessings given to them by Cora Newton Machuca.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Joseph’s Mission, PO Box 787, Fort Davis, TX 79734.