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Mary Aguilar

Mary Clorinda Aguilar, 63, of Fergus Falls, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at her home.

She was born Oct. 30, 1945, in New Mexico, the daughter of Fidel and Rose (Zamora) Aguilar Sr. She was raised in La Junta, Colo., where she graduated from high school in 1964. She attended Hesston College in Hesston, Kan., studying pre-nursing. She graduated from Kansas City General Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing in 1967. She also attended Colorado University School for nurse practitioner. She married Raymond Juarez in Denver.

After graduating from college, she returned to her hometown in La Junta where she worked at the La Junta Medical Center in many capacities until 1970. After several years she moved to Denver, where she worked at the Westwood Health Station as a family planning nurse practitioner. She continued to work in the Denver and Thornton, Colo., area. She operated a Women's Health Clinic in Minneapolis, and then worked for Indian Health Services outside of Minot, N.D. She enjoyed the one year spent working in family medicine in Juno, Alaska. She returned to Minnesota and worked for Tri-County Hospital, operating their Sebeka, Henning and Bertha/Hewitt medical clinics. She returned to her hometown of La Junta and worked for the Valley Wide Medical Group and the Arkansas Regional Medical Center, supporting their clinics in southeastern Colorado. After retiring from that practice in 2003, she returned to Fergus Falls to live close to her nephews, Angelo Griego and Fidel Aguilar.

In the last few years Mary enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Square Dance Federation of Minnesota, with club affiliation to Pairs and Squares, Square and Twirl, and served as an officer for the state association. She attended every state convention when she was able back to 1993. She also participated in the local YMCA water exercise group.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 4, at Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls with the Rev. Jim Johnson officiating. Final funeral services will be held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in her hometown of La Junta, Colo., with interment in Fairview Cemetery, La Junta. Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Survivors include three sisters, Mabel (Johnnie) De Leon, La Junta, Colo., Naomi Hart, La Junta, and Jovita (Lalo) Soto, Garden City, Kan.; four brothers, Fidel (Juanita) Aguilar Jr., Derby, Kan., Eloid (Niola) Zamora, Monte Vista, Colo., and Gilbert Zamora and Tony Zamora, both of New Mexico; five stepchildren, Daniel Juarez, John Juarez, Ray Juarez Jr., Chris, and Virginia; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rose; her father, Fidel; and a brother, Able Aguilar; a stepdaughter, Debbie; and numerous aunts and uncles.