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Dianne Sue Baca – Valencia County Newsletter

Dianne Sue Baca


Dianne Sue Baca

Dianne Sue Baca, 68, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, June 6, 2022.

She was born to Harold and Wilma Dillow on September 24, 1953 in Albuquerque. Dianne grew up in Belen with her parents and four siblings. She met her high school sweetheart, Patrick “Pat” Baca (who thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world), and married on June 25, 1971. They chose to settle in Belen, where they were close to the family. .

In 1972, Pat and Dianne welcomed their first daughter, Heather. In 1976 their second daughter, Amy, was born. From then on, she continued to build the life she loved.

Dianne was well known for sewing clothes, cooking the most delicious meals and her love of baking…lots of baking! She retired in 2005, after 25 years of dedicated service, from the State of New Mexico as Manager of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Thereafter, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, painting, doing crossword puzzles, making her miniature Christmas trees and taking care of her grandchildren.

The grandchildren will regret the love with which their “mamas” showered them. Dianne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a phenomenal daughter-in-law to Filomena Baca. She loved her family and her grandchildren so much and was always so proud of them. Diane will be greatly missed!

She is survived by her husband of nearly 51 years, Patrick Baca; daughters, Heather Gonzales and Amy (Chris Montoya); son-in-law, Phillip Gonzales; grandchildren, Emma and Phillip Gonzales, Joshua and Jenna Montoya and Kasi; sister, Anita West (Herman); and her brother, Buddy Dillow, who both provided her with so much love and help during her illness; sister, Joline Ortega; brother, Jeff Dillow; very special mother-in-law, Filomena Baca; she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 16, at Notre-Dame de Belen Catholic Church, with a rosary beginning at 9:30 a.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., with interment to follow at Notre-Dame de Belen Memorial Gardens.

Bearers will be Phillip Gonzales, Phillip Gonzales (Phip), Chris Montoya, Joshua Montoya, Buddy Dillow, Robert Padilla and Honorary Bearer, Brandon Smith.

Special thanks to Geraldine Gabaldon, Norma and all the staff at Good Life for the loving care of Dianne.

Please sign Dianne’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.