A graveside service for Carmen Contreras of Jackson, was held Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. The Rev. Steve Vester officiated. Crain Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cape Girardeau was entrusted with the arrangements.
Carmen, 71, passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 2:55 a.m. at Lewis and Clark Gardens in St. Charles. She was born on Sept. 1, 1949, in Travis County, TX, a daughter of Aurelio H. and Cruz C. Cortez. She married Cleto Contreras in 1966 and to this union nine children were born. Cleto preceded Carmen in death on March 8, 1984.
Surviving are her children, Cleto Cortez, John Robert Contreras, Claudia Contreras, Lisa Contreras, Anthony Contreras, Donicio (Gina) Contreras, Travis Shawn Contreras and Ricky (Dessirae) Garcia, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters and sister, Teresa Charro. Carmen was preceded in death by her parents, Aurelio and Cruz Cortez, husband, Cleto Contreras, son, Albert Contreras, daughter, Cruz Janie Grider, brothers, BeBe, Mayo and Ernesto Cortez, and sisters, Mary Hernandez and Gloria Charro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri Highway Patrol or a veterans home of the donor’s choice in memory of Carmen.
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