Petra A. Carrillo, 87, of Parsons died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2011, at Elmhaven West. She had been in failing health.
She was born July 2, 1923, in Parsons to Francisco and Rosa (Ramirez) Romero. She grew up and attended schools in Parsons and was a graduate of Parsons East High School.
During World War II, she worked one year at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant before attending St. Mary of the Plains College, where she received her nursing education. After earning her nursing degree, she worked 10 years as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital in Parsons and, through the years, received great pleasure in visiting with the parents of babies she helped deliver while working at the hospital. She then began her 30-year employment at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, where she worked as a registered nurse until retiring.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons, its Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, VOZ, the VFW Auxiliary, Elk Ladies, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Red Cross.
She married Eleuterio “Lou” Carrillo on Dec. 27, 1948, at Our Lady of Victory Church in Parsons. They later divorced.
Survivors include three sons, Robert Carrillo and his wife, Susan, of Fort Scott, Pete Carrillo and Mark Carrillo and his wife, Kathy, all of Parsons; two daughters, Clara Killingsworth and her husband, Wayne, of Altamont, and Carmen Smith and her husband, Mike, of Carlsbad, N.M.; a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Carrillo of Kinsley; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lidia Ahumada of San Francisco, Calif., and Lucille Noriega of Wichita; a brother-in-law, Sammy Ramirez of Parsons; and a sister-in-law, Socorro Romero.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Romero; two sisters, Angie Ramirez and Aurora Borgas; and a son, Lourey Carrillo.
The funeral Mass will at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the American Red Cross. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.