Regina D. Baca died peacefully April 24, 2019, in the early morning hours at her home in McNary. She was born March 3, 1954, in Whiteriver to Robert DeClay Sr. and mother Ella James.
Regina was a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and grew up in St. Johns, where she attended and graduated from St. Johns High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Rudy Baca in 1973; they had three children: Marcus, Theresa and Savannah.
Regina was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. Regina was a homemaker, she enjoyed life and never let anything stand in her way of making her family happy. She loved spending time with and spoiling her grandkids. She loved the outdoors and spent as much time in nature, spending countless hours star gazing. She enjoyed gardening, collecting rocks and marbles and going to yard sales. She had a love for all animals and could never go without feeding stray, hungry dogs.
Regina was preceded in death by her most loving daughters, Theresa and Savannah, parents Robert DeClay Sr. and mother Ella James, brother Robinson DeClay and sister Romona Markel.
Regina is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Rudy Baca; son Marcus; great niece April, whom she raised since she was 5 days old; grandsons: Aaron Ray and Eugenio (Tony); granddaughters, Makayla Lynn, Marcella Rose and baby Maddison Taylor; great-grand babies, Zaraya, Zoey and Zayden; brothers Anderson Edwards and Robert DeClay Jr. and many other countless nieces and nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Pinetop.
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