ERNESTO B. MORALES, 85, of Las Cruces entered eternal life Monday, December 29, 2008 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 2, 1923 in La Union to Gregorio and Clara Bustamante Morales. Mr. Morales retired as construction laborer and was a member of the Union Workers #16, LULAC and of the Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Maria G. Morales of the family home; eight daughters, Ofelia M. Betancourt (R. Chopsy), Ernestina Morales Nu�ez (Juan), Gracie M. Rico (Roberto), Viola M. Gonzalez (Ralph), Virginia Tarin (Lee), Irma Morales (Danny), Anna M. Scarton (Steve) and MariLaysse Morales (Eddie). Other survivors include his siblings, Martin B.
Morales (Debbie) of California, Jose Morales (Vicky) and Ofelia Torres (Ray) of Arizona as well as twenty four grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren as well as a sister in-law Lupe M. Morales. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Freddy Morales, three brothers ,Victor B., Hilberto B. and Eugene B. Morales and three sisters, Braulia Telles, Felia Candelaria and Georgia Nevarez, grandson, Robbie Romero and twin granddaughters, Selena and Frieda Morales.
Visitation for Mr. Morales will begin at 6 PM, Friday, January 2, 2009 in Baca?s Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road where the Prayer Vigil will begin at 7 PM. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 AM, Saturday, January 3, 2009 in Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 N. Miranda Street. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Serving as casket bearers will be Ramon Betancourt, Jr., John S. Nu�ez III, Bobby M. Rico, Chuck Romero, Jimmy D. Perez and Noel E. Reed.