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Obituary for Carmen Arrizabalaga Churruca
5 September, 1896 - 8 February, 1992
From The Idaho Press-Tribune,
February, 1992
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo



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Carmen Churruca

     Carmen Churruca, 95, of Marsing, died Saturday, February 8, 1992, at a Caldwell hospital.  Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, February 10, 1992 at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caldwell by Father Raul Covarrubias.  Entombment will follow in the Building of Reverence at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
     Mrs. Churruca was born September 5, 1896, in Ereno, Vizcaya, Spain, to Pedro Markin and Maria Juana Echerte Arrizabalaga.  She came to the United States at the age of eighteen and came to Boise at that time.  She married Frank Churruca in Boise in 1918.  The moved to Bingham Canyon, Utah, where Mr. Churruca worked in the copper mine and later moved to Coeur d'Alene where he also worked in the mines.  They came to Boise and later to Marsing where she cooked for the sheepherders and ranch hands at Colin McLeod's River Ranch.  Mr. Churruca later entered into a partnership with Mr. McLeod in the Gem Ranch at Marsing.  Mrs. Churruca continued to cook for the ranch hands until they moved to Canyon County in 1943.
     She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Euzkaldunak of Boise.
     Suriviors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and rosalie Churruca of Phoenix, Arizona, and Joe and Bette Churruca of Marsing; two sisters, Agueda and Paula, both in Spain; ten grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and a son Julio Churruca.