Susan's Story

WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, and PLEASANT POINT - Susan A. (Newell) Barrera, 74, passed away in Wichita Falls, Texas, on December 9, 2014. She was born to Aloysious and Adelaide (Soctomah) Newell in Pleasant Point on May 19, 1940, where she grew up and attended school until the age of 18, when she married Santiago Ortiz-Barrera Sr.

Susan traveled the world with Santiago, living briefly in Italy before permanently relocating to Wichita Falls. She spent over a half century there, but never lost ties to her home community of Pleasant Point, she returned almost annually to celebrate Indian Days with her family and continued to speak her native language of Passamaquoddy. Susan was a big Dallas Cowboys fan and loved talking football with her brother. She loved fishing and playing bingo, and will be remembered as a wonderful cook, her family would always look forward to all of her Mexican dishes.

In addition to her parents, Susan was predeceased by her husband, Santiago Ortiz-Barrera Sr. She will be missed by her five children, Santiago O. Barrera Jr. and his wife, Diana, of TN, Richard Barrera of Wichita Falls, Peter Barrera and his wife, Renee, of FL, Phillip Barrera and his companion, Sandra Jiminez, of Wichita Falls and Lori Barrera Towns and her husband, J. Allan Towns, of VA; two brothers, Wayne Newell and his wife, Sandra, and Philip Newell, all from Indian Township; her sister, Martina Fortin and her husband, Herman, of Pleasant Point; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her only surviving aunt, who she was very close to, Mary "Molly" Minno of Calais; special friends Hilda Lewis of Pleasant Point and Theresa Downing of Indian Township; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, who each held a special place in her heart.

Visitation will begin for Susan at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 29, at the home of Martina Fortin, 26 Wekosos Lane, Pleasant Point, until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, at St. Ann's RC Church, Pleasant Point; burial will follow at Tribal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in Susan's honor to Sara's House of Maine, a Cancer Hospitality House in Holden, Maine. Sara's House, care of EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04401. Service by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at
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