She was born in Albuquerque on January 16, 1938 and left this world on June 11, 2023.
She was preceded in death by her mother Annie Moreno, her sisters Virginia Vargas, Priscilla Bivins and her bothers Louis Plakio Jr. and Albert Moreno.
She is survived by her sister Braulia Burns, her brothers Herman Moreno and wife Mary Ann, and Gilbert Moreno and wife Emily.
Numerous nephews and nieces and lots of cousins.
Auntie Clara never had any children of her own but her nephews, nieces and great & great-great nephews and nieces and cousins were all her babies. She touched so many hearts and even friends of nephews and nieces would call her auntie Clara. Her favorite song to sing to the kids while greeting them was “A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”. She would add a little tickle on the back of their necks. The kids loved Auntie Clara, because they all thought she was their age and she always played with them. She loved to show them how to dance the funky chicken, making sure to place her hands on opposite knees while switching back and forth. She had the most beautiful smile and laugh while showing them this dance. She was small but had a great big heart enough to love us all.
She walked everywhere and was always very independent. We have all heard someone tell us, “hey we saw your auntie walking and we picked her up to give her a ride”. Auntie Clara had so many stories and so did our friends. Auntie Clara truly lived the quote: “Strangers are just friends you haven’t’ met”. If you were lucky enough to meet her, you were touched by an Angel.
Her best friends were her cousins: Ramona, Nancy, Nella, Frances and a close friend who often took her to the casino Margaret Morrison. She loved going to the bingo and the casino and listening to great music while enjoying an occasional beer.
One of her most joyous memories was when she was taking care of Cody, taking the role of mom. She loved taking him to school, shopping for clothes and school supplies. She was so excited that the principal gave her a phone number to call with any questions. They always had a great time together. She loved spoiling him by purchasing a toy, cars, balls or coloring books. He was the apple of her eye. Although it was for a short time, it was an experience and memories that she cherished for the rest of her days.
Please join us for her Celebration of Life on Thursday June 22, 2022
1:00pm – 4:00pm Memorial and Reception
Post 69 American Legion
9000 4th St. NW
In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.