Aurora Villareal  Aguilera

FEBRUARY 26, 1929 -  SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

Aurora Villareal Aguilera Obituary

Aurora Aguilera entered Heaven on September 6, 2020, at the age of 91. Surrounded by family, she attained her life's goal of meeting her Savior, Jesus Christ. Aurora was born on February 26, 1929, in San Benito, TX to Jose and Clara Villarreal. Her dream was to join the military and to see the world but God had other plans for her life. On April 18, 1950, she married Reynaldo Aguilera and together they raised 10 children (6 sons and 4 daughters). They lived in Texas for many years before moving to Phoenix, AZ. Aurora's love for Jesus Christ was her passion in life. She asked every person she met if they knew Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. In 1992, she was God's instrument to start the first Women's Retreat of Hispanic Churches of the Southern Arizona Baptist Convention. The organization that holds these retreats was named Ministerios Aurora in honor of her work to reach as many women as possible with God's word. She attended Iglesia Bautista El Faro for 52 years, where she taught Sunday School and participated in countless church functions. Her calling in the church was missionary work. She helped raise money, gave weekly reports, and prayed weekly for the missionary ministries. She spent hours reading her Bible, praying, and bringing the needs of family, friends, and strangers before God. Aurora's love for her family was her other passion in life. She prayed every night for each family member, by name. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reynaldo, her son, Raul, and 2 daughters-in-law, Chris (Ruben) and Darlene (Rene). She is survived by 9 children Delores (Richard), Ray Jr. (Jeanne), Ruben, Rene, Becky (Pete), Roy Lee (Lorrie), Ruby (David), Rolena (Vernon), and Rodney. She has 40 grandchildren, 93 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Aurora took great pride in her sons Raul and Roy Lee being United States Marines and her son Ruben becoming a doctor. Aurora loved the outdoors, feeling the warmth of the sun, and enjoying the beauty of God's nature. She loved listening to and singing hymns. She loved anything that reminded her of God's love for us. The memorial service will be held at Tempe Christian Church, 5815 S. McClintock Drive Tempe, AZ 85283 on October 17, 2020, and will begin promptly at 10:30 am.

Published by The Arizona Republic from Sep. 15 to Sep. 22, 2020.