Estorga, Benita

Benita Estorga, 90, of Portales, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

She was born April 1, 1915, in Karnes County, Texas, to Tomasa and Francisco Lopez. She grew up near Beeville, Texas. In 1950, she moved to Brownfield, Texas, where she worked as an aide at the hospital. In 1958, she moved to Morton, Texas. On Oct. 4, 1958, in Morton, she married Manuel Estorga.

In 1959, she enrolled in classes at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where she studied nursing. She continued to make her home in Levelland until 1975 when she moved to Tahoka, Texas. In 1985, she and her husband moved to Portales to be close to family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Manuel Lopez and Jose Lopez.

Survivors include her husband, Manuel Estorga of Portales; brothers, Gregory Rodriguez of Beeville, Texas, and Enrique Rodriguez of Sacramento, Calif.; several nieces and nephews, including Gloria Gonzales of Portales, Benita Jimenez and Sammy Lopez of Abilene, Texas, Olga Martinez, Tomasa Martinez, Roger Lopez, Manuel Lopez, Jr. and Frank Lopez, all of Portales; and great-nieces, Cynthia Escobar of Abilene, Texas, Isabel Head of Kansas City, Kan. and Patricia Garcia of Clovis.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel.

Father Tobin Hitt, Celebrant is officiating.

Burial will take place in Portales Cemetery.

Rafael Gonzales, Sammy Lopez, Roger Lopez, Manuel Lopez, Jr., Frank Lopez and Sammy Estorga will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.