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In Memory of

Herminia Castano Barriga

February 10, 1920 - May 10, 2017

Obituary


Minnie, age 97, peacefully passed on May 10, 2017, in Yuma, at Emerald Springs where she had resided since 2014. Born in Florence, Arizona in 1920, she and her sister Socorro (Cokey) Gonzales (d. 2005), were brought to Yuma in 1928, by their father, Jesus M. Castano, to be raised by two aunts, upon the passing of their mother Filomena Barragan Castano. In 1940, she married Felix E. Barriga with whom she had four children.

Minnie is survived by her four children, Marie Hortense (Sal) Sferrazza, Irene Carvajal, Richard F. (Phyllis) Barriga, and Michael...

Minnie, age 97, peacefully passed on May 10, 2017, in Yuma, at Emerald Springs where she had resided since 2014. Born in Florence, Arizona in 1920, she and her sister Socorro (Cokey) Gonzales (d. 2005), were brought to Yuma in 1928, by their father, Jesus M. Castano, to be raised by two aunts, upon the passing of their mother Filomena Barragan Castano. In 1940, she married Felix E. Barriga with whom she had four children.

Minnie is survived by her four children, Marie Hortense (Sal) Sferrazza, Irene Carvajal, Richard F. (Phyllis) Barriga, and Michael F. (Maria) Barriga. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Debbie Ruvolo, Maria (Kim) Guthrie, Angela (David) Thomas, Marcos (Kristina) Carvajal, Christina (Calvin) Elfring, Richie F. (Heidi) Barriga, and Martina Barriga, many great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; nephews Louie (Mousie) Gonzales, Henry (Diane) Gonzales, nieces Sylvia Herrera and Cecilia Martinez, and sister-in-law Aurora Castano of Las Vegas, and numerous great nephews and nieces.

Minnie was predeceased by her husband Felix (d. 1996), parents, six siblings, son-in-law Carlos Carvajal, Jr., and granddaughter Andrea Donata Barriga Hill.

Minnie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who loved her family and her Catholic faith. She was a long time parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church and was friends with several of the nuns who would drop by for coffee and dessert. When one entered through her kitchen door you could hear music playing in the background and were quickly greeted with a hug, kiss, friendly smile and immediately offered food and drink. Minnie didn't know any strangers as all were welcomed into her home. As a homemaker she crafted her skills and was known for her amazing hand-tossed flour tortillas and delicious Mexican food and was always ready to entertain one and all.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and caregivers at Emerald Springs and many caring residents who became friends with her during her time living there. Thank you to the Southwestern Palliative Care Associates' staff who provided compassionate hospice care. A huge and loving thank you to her private caregivers, Helena Delgado, Nelly Martinez and Lupe Hernandez for giving one-on-one loving care and for affectionately treating her as if she were their own mother. We will always be eternally grateful for the love, affection and care bestowed upon our mother during this difficult time.

Viewing will be at Johnson Mortuary, 1415 S. 1st Ave., May 19, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., and rosary at 7:00 P.M. Mass will be at Immaculate Conception Church, 505 S. Avenue B, Yuma, May 20, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.

Interment will be next to her husband Felix, at Desert Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.