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Lazara G. Camacho
(12-17-1915 - 12-21-2013)

Lazara G. Camacho, 98, of Elgin, Il. passed away on December 21, 2013 at Heritage Health Elgin facility. She was born in Leon, Gto., Mexico on December 17, 1915 to Pascual and Maria Guadalupe Guerrero. She graduated from college in 1936, obtaining her teaching degree in elementary education from the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a dedicated teacher for 22 years, committing herself to mentoring many youth and volunteered her services for literacy programs. She married Jose Camacho Sr. and had five children; in 1958 the family immigrated to Elgin, Il. where she became a homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting and knitting. Lazara enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren whom she helped care for. She became a student of the ESL program at the Elgin YWCA and always spoke fondly of her teachers and her rewarding experience. One of her proudest moments was receiving her U.S. citizenship to a country that provided a better opportunity to her and her family. Lazara was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, her brothers Jesus and Mateo Guerrero and a grandson Carlos Camacho Jr. She is survived by her children Carlos (Sandy), Maria Alfaro, Eva (William) Alvarado, Delia (Guillermo) Nino, all of Elgin and Jose Jr. (Jean), of Addison, Il., 21 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at St Laurence Catholic Church in Elgin. Officiating will be Father Andrew Mulcahey. Burial of cremains will be private for family and extended family at Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The family is deeply appreciative of the care she received from the staff at Heritage Health and Vitas Hospice. Laird Funeral Home, Elgin is assisting the family. For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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