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The COVID-19 pandemic has left an everlasting impact on the lives of every person in Southern Arizona.

With the virus claiming the lives of more than 15,000 people in Arizona alone, News 4 Tucson hopes to immortalize those individuals by sharing their stories through this virtual memorial.

To honor and remember those who passed away due to COVID-19, News 4 Tucson is asking the community to send photos and stories about their loved ones who died in connection to the virus that has turned our world upside down.


SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIAL ENTRY HERE

 

Victor Munsey
Victor Munsey
Gloria Andrade
Gloria Andrade
Larry Mackel
Larry Mackel
Fidelina Ramirez Ybarra
Fidelina Ramirez Ybarra
Raymond Grijalba
Raymond Grijalba
Albert Barboa
Albert Barboa
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Maria Lucero-Vazquez
Martin Hernandez
Martin Hernandez
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Manuel Perez
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Carlos Gallegos
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Evangelina Claudia Ovalle Lerma
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Manual Vasquez
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Leticia Robles
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Arthur S. Torres Jr.
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Alma Guadalupe Castro
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Lizzie Stallings
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Margarita Lopez
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Kevin Romero
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Richard Fimbres Sr.
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Marybelle Rhodes Robinson
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Pat Felton
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Jose Hector Mendoza
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Rafael Muñoz
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Virginia Vasquez
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John J. Moloney Sr.
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Dianna Chavez
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Tonya Weiss
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Scott Clemmons
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Lydia Villagrana
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Terry Kokot
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Audrey Anglemyer
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Mary Tellez
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Jose Garcia
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Jesse Redhorn
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Gloria Andrade
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Larry Mackel
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Fidelina Ramirez Ybarra
Fidelina Ramirez Ybarra
Raymond Grijalba
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Albert Barboa
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Arthur Rotstein:
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Maria Lucero-Vazquez
Martin Hernandez
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Martin Hernandez
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Jimmy Andazola
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Arliss "Al" Laux
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Salome Frye
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Jose "Chico" Francisco Lazos Haro
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Jose "Chico" Francisco Lazos Haro
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Marge Hutchins
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Manuel Perez
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Francisco Javier Aguilar
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Carlos Gallegos
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Joel Murillo Sr.
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Evangelina Claudia Ovalle Lerma
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Tony Herrera
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Natalia Armijo
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Allistaire Heartfield
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Manual Vasquez
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Leticia Robles
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Blanca Escamilla
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Arthur S. Torres Jr.
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Alma Guadalupe Castro
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Lizzie Stallings
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Margarita Lopez
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Kevin Romero
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Richard Fimbres Sr.
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Marybelle Rhodes Robinson
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Rosemary Durazo
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Pat Felton
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Jesus Sodari
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Jose Hector Mendoza
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Mike Waling
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Benny Marin
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Otila Gonzales
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Mary Nogales
Rafael Muñoz
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Virginia Vasquez
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John J. Moloney Sr.
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Dianna Chavez
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Tonya Weiss
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Scott Clemmons
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Lydia Villagrana
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Terry Kokot
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Audrey Anglemyer
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Mary Tellez
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Jaime Camargo
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Jose Guadalupe Verdugo Gonzalez
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Here are some of the faces of the more than 6,000 people who died from COVID-19 in Arizona


Gloria Manzanedo

“Gloria Manzanedo was a loving, caring, and beautiful woman. She loved to dance. She was always smiling and laughing, there was never a dull moment with her. She was a mom to many and she lived her life to the fullest. We love and miss you so much nana ❤️.”

– Leticia Ramirez, Granddaughter


Jesus “Chuny” Jacquez

“He was a funny, loving guy. He would give his best to his family and friends. ‘Chuny’ worked hard was always building something. He loved the outdoors, riding quads, plants birds and camping. He loved to make people laugh and have a few around the fire. He was an amazing husband to my mom, great dad to my brother and I, and wonderful Tata to his four grandkids and they will carry on his memories and giving personality.”

– Nicolette Salazar, Daughter


Jeanette Namingha

“She was full of life, her quirky personality could light up any room. She was a loving mother and grandmother, that is truly missed. Gone too soon, we love you So’oh.”

– Janelle Cocio, Daughter-in-law


Carlos Ruiz

“Carlos Ruiz a family-oriented man. Survived by his children Carlos, Quimey, Caleb and Zuhey. You are greatly missed and loved.”

– Selene Zabalza, Sister-in-law


Micheal McGrew

“He was a hero to a lot of people. He was brave and fought hard till the very end.”

– Amber Rambler, Granddaughter

Gabriel Coronado

“He was a kind and loving person. He touched so many people with his sense of humor and he was so special to all of us. I will miss you dearly.”

– Sandy Coronado, Spouse


Francisco Javier Ibarra Acuña

“At 58 years old, lost his battle to covid leaving behind 3 children and 6 younger siblings. He fought hard, cared about family, and did the best he could with what he knew.”

– Juan Ibarra, Son


Fred Ochoa

“My Tata Fred was the hardest most honest working man I knew. He was ASU’s biggest fan and loved a good back and forth trash talk with UofA fans. My Tata had the perfect joke for every situation! He was an amazing Tata and we miss him every single day.”

– Mercedes Armenta, Granddaughter


Deanna Farley

“Beloved mother and friend, teacher, and traveler. Her spirit continues to shine with all those who knew her. She passed on November 21st from COVID-19.”

– Susan Williams, Daughter


Rita Hernandez

“To the woman who gave me life and taught me so much, not a goodbye and a see you again, my Reyna, QUEEN, my everything. Love you, mom.”

– Alex Hernadez, Son


Clementina Leon Salazar

“My mom was 93-years-old. She loved to cook and make tortillas. All of her grandkids loved her french fries. She will be missed!”

– Yolanda Salazar Perez, Daughter


Jose Guadalupe Verdugo Gonzalez

“He was 33 and an amazing man with the biggest heart. To know him was to love him. He will always be remembered.”

– Familia Ramirez


Jaime Camargo

“He was a hardworking man, who loved his family. But God needed him. He was 36 years old and left us on July 18, 2020. We will never forget him!”

– Nayeli Cadena, Sister


Ernestina Pedroza

“We lost our dear mother due to Covid on July 9. We miss her dearly!”

– Angelica Al-Rasheed, Daughter


Rosemarie Butler

“She was a loving mother to two beautiful daughters. She loved all her grandchildren very very much. If you had ever met her, you would never forget her. She always put her family first even if she had to go without.”

– Brian Lavallee, Son-in-law


Rosa Gila Amador Tolano

“Our Mother will be missed, but never forgotten. She will always be with us in our hearts ♥️ 🌹She left us with lots of Beautiful Memories. Our Beautiful Mother with a Great Heart, Loved by all that knew the Wonderful Person she was.”

– Zuilma Yanez, Daughter


Clark Redhorn

“My grandpa lived a very long life, who I’m sure would have lived a lot longer if there was no COVID. He was a crazy funny old man who always had stories.”

– Windy Antone, Grandaughter

Jesse Redhorn

“My uncle was a hardworking man tough he fought every battle that came his way. Covid was stronger and took him a week after his dad (my grandpa) who also had covid. He loved all his nieces and nephews but more so his grandchildren he always had a sweet treat for them.”

– Windy Antone, Niece


Maria Cristina Villa

“My grandmother wasn’t just any grandma, she was that third parent you’d know would have your back when the other two wouldn’t. She was the light in our family. Nothing else will fill that void she left. You are missed, our sunflower.”

– Natalie Villa, Granddaughter


Mary Anne Wieczorek

“Mom was the matriarch of our large family of 5 kids, 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren. She was always there for help and advice and always prayed for us. She was an amazing storyteller and artist and her loss has left a huge absence that will always be there as she was a huge part of our lives.”

– Anne Svec, Daughter


Elvira López

“She is a hard-working woman, loving mother. She always says of your phrases ‘in my family there are no ugly’. I will miss and love you. I send you a kiss to Heaven.”

– Karla Armenta, Granddaughter

Joe Oxford

“My father was a strong and courageous man. He spoke up for human rights and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. He struggled with heart issues and was a heart transplant recipient. He fought for his life for so many years and survived to be here for his family. All he cared about was being around to care for everyone else. He was such a selfless human being. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Below is a link to a GoFundMe account if you would like to assist our family. Thank you.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-fund-for-joe-oxford?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1.”

– Miranda Oxford, Daughter


Daniel Amaro

“Dan was my best friend. He loved his children and family most of all. To others, he was the personification of the term BE KIND. His kindness touched so many. He will never be forgotten.”

– Patricia Amaro, Wife


Lorenzo Carrasco

“He was a great man who loved God and loved people. He was a pillar of faith for our family. He left behind his wife, Ruth, and his children & grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.”

– Kathy Carrasco, Grandson’s Wife


Jose Garcia

“My grandfather was a loving, fun, caring person who loved his family, mariachi music and boxing. He was an active parishioner and singer at Catholic churches, as well as traveling the world to judge boxing matches. He was taken September 1st after having tested positive for COVID in his nursing home. He was loved by his family and all his friends. Tata, you will be dearly missed not one day goes by that I don’t think about you and I wish every day to hear your voice again. Until we meet again. I will see you in the funny papers, Tata.”

– Sabrina Garcia, Granddaughter


Rosalio Charlie Galaz

“A fighter until the end.”

– David N. Galaz, Son


Angel “Bubba” Rodrigue

“Angel celebrated his 25th birthday January 5th this year. He was an amazing son brother cousin nephew grandson and friend. He always put people before himself and loved everyone he met. He suffered from a chronic illness his entire life but always fought hard even graduating high school from the hospital! He, unfortunately, contracted COVID-19 and passed on April 23. His will was inspiring to us all and we can all learn to be a little more like Angel; a little more kind, give a little more love & never give up. We miss him each and every day. May you rest in peace and comfort, Bubba. We love you.”

– Cynthiana Lazcano, Cousin


Mary Tellez

“She was a strong matriarch that took good care of her family up until the very end. I will never forget the great advice and encouragement she provided.

Life will not be the same without her. the holidays have been difficult, but our family will persevere knowing she would want us to stay strong. I love you nana, you’ll always be in my heart.”

– Daniel De Leon, Grandson


Audrey Anglemyer

“Such a beautiful, kind soul. Always positive and had a great sense of humor. People, everyone, loved Audrey.”

-Annmarie Anglemyer, Granddaughter


Terry Kokot

“He was such a kind man. He cared about everyone around him. He always gave kind words and great advice.”

– Tammy Kokot, Niece


Lydia Villagrana

“Lydia always had a can-do attitude and smile to go with it. She was kind, funny, smart, and very giving. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother – she loved her granddaughter something fierce. She has left a huge void in our hearts. She taught us many things except how to live without her.”

– Denisse Crutcher, Daughter


Scott Clemmons

“Scotty was a husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. Scotty was loved by many and was a true hero. Scott was a long time volunteer/member of So. Arizona Search and Rescue. With over 55 yrs of service and more than 1650 rescue missions, Scott was a true hero and his love for rescue and helping others will live on in the many he touched.”

– Colleen Leon, Fellow First Responder


Tonya Weiss

“She was kind, funny and very loving. She loved everyone and cared deeply about those in her life. Tonya was 59 years old with no pre-existing conditions and was taken away in her prime.”

– Mindi Brooks, Daughter


Dianna Chavez

“My mother was a loving mother, grandmother and devoted wife. She was so full of life. She had the most beautiful smile. Always giving and never asking for anything in return. I miss her so much every day. You will always be in my heart mom!”

– Richard Corral, Son


John J. Moloney Sr.

“My father was an Irish immigrant who was sworn in as a U.S. citizen in Korea, fighting for his adopted country. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met. I know he’s watching over us.”

– John J. Moloney Jr., Son


Virginia Vasquez

“My mom passed from COVID-19 on March 27th. I was lucky to spend my last birthday with her in March. Before she contracted the virus. She was a loving Mom and grandmother. She loved all her grandkids. She did anything and everything she can when you needed help. She was always there for me and my kids. My life will never be the same without her. I miss you dearly. You are forever in my heart.”

– Cecilia Rodriguez, Daughter of Virginia Vasquez


Rafael Muñoz

“My loving father was an honest hardworking man. Taught us right. He was loved by all. God bless you, dad. You are missed every day.”

– Ralph Muñoz, Son


Mary Nogales

“This is our nana, Mary. She was 90 years old and covid took her from us. She was a sweet, loving and always happy nana who will be greatly missed by everyone.”

– Ernestine Nogales, Grandson

“Mary, Nana Mary was taken from us due to covid. She was the strongest woman at age 90. She could still get up and dance. We will miss you dearly.”

– Dolores Nogales, Daughter-in-law


Otila Gonzales

“Tillie was my best friend for 45 years. Every day I think of her. She was kind, loving and very funny also a great bass player and singer. She was my heart and I miss her.”

– Carol Newton, Best Friend


Benny Marin

“My dad was a loving and giving man who loved his family and loved helping others in need.”

– Denise Hermosillo, Daughter


Mike Waling

“He was the greatest!”

– Kristen Haskell, Niece


Jose Hector Mendoza

“When Covid arrived to the United States, I was really scared for my loved ones, especially my mother who was sick in January. My grandparents as well because of their age, but I was never worried about my dad, even though he was the one working in the produce company and risking his life every day. There were many people infected with COVID in the produce industry, but that never stopped him from working hard every day for his family. I always saw him as a strong and healthy man. We only talked about this virus a few times. I always told him he had nothing to worry about and told him “don’t worry dad, you’re young and you’re strong.’ The first weekend of June, I got a call from him. He told me he was feeling sick. He said he just had a little cough and some chills, but ‘it was nothing serious.’ As the days went on, he was feeling more and more ill, but he never showed it. 4 days later we decided to take him to the emergency room to have a COVID test done. It still hurts so much to remember him being so scared as we walked into the ER, not knowing that would be the last time I ever saw him alive. The next day after entering the ER, he was intubated and remained that way for the following next 2 weeks. We only knew of his evaluation through phone calls from his doctors and his nurses. Sadly, my dad lost the battle on June 18. We still miss him so much and I know that wherever he is today, he is still watching over us and protecting us as he did before. We love you Dad!”

– Silvia Bray, Daughter


Jesus Sodari

“My dad was a great father grandfather and brother son uncle and friend and co-worker as well he would take his shirt off his back for anyone who needed it and he was a gentle soul with his three granddaughters whom he loved more than anything love and miss you dad I know you up there with my mom.”

– Son


Pat Felton

“All around great guy. Loved by many in the community of 29 Palms and beyond. Father, Friend, and man of GOD. See you again one day my friend. Rest Easy.”

– Mike Harris, High School Friend


Elaine McRae

“Elaine was an RN. She worked at Gulfport Memorial Hospital, Gulfport, MS. She was a Cardiac nurse. When the hospital started admitting patients with COVID-19 they had to transform the cardiac unit into the COVID unit. She volunteered to stay on the unit. That’s where she said she could do the most good. In August, she became ill and was diagnosed with COVID-19. She passed away November 5, 2020, on the same unit where she cared for her own patients.”

– Sister


Rosemary Durazo

“Mama Rose was a great woman who helped all in need, the kind of woman who would never leave you hungry or stranded. We, your 6 kids and 15 grandchildren, love and miss you mom every day, you are always in our hearts and thoughts. Rest In Peace, mama.”

– Erica Corella, Daughter


Marybelle Rhodes Robinson

“She is my hero. She always had a laugh and a smile. Surviving the loss of 3 of her 4 sons, one in infancy; a brain aneurysm in 1990, blindness in one eye, strokes, she marched onward. She had faith that God would again unite her with her toddler Mikey lost many many years ago. I spoke to her on Wednesday, by Friday she was sick and COVID took her in the night Sunday. She was 78. I can’t wait to see her in Heaven.”

– Cindy Bailey, Sister


Richard Fimbres Sr.

“Although faced with a hard life, obstacles and struggles, he never gave up! He was my hero! I luv you pop rest in paradise…”

– Richard Fimbres Jr., Brother


Kevin Romero

“He was so funny he loved to cooked and he loved his team the Yankees and the 49s and he loved to spend time with family and friends.”

– Christian Romero, Brother


Margarita Lopez

“This is our mother, she will forever live in our hearts, mom left us on June 30, 2020. She was loved by many.”

– Sonia Lopez, Daughter

“Our mother was very caring and very loving and loved by many she did not deserve to die like this. This coronavirus took her away from us. Rest in peace, mom. Love you.”

– Ana Maria Servin, Daughter


Lizzie Stallings

“She was the sweetest of people. Always told it like it was but loved you like none other. She was more a grandmother than an aunt. We miss her dearly.”

– Salena Atkin, Great-Niece


Alma Guadalupe Castro

“Our beloved aunt Alma Guadalupe, all your family misses you, after having you so many years away , we were just beginning to recover and enjoy all the time lost due to your illness, our aunt was a woman who fought many years for her life, until by a miracle she received the kidney transplant she had waited for over 2 decades and began to really enjoy life, She had many plans to enjoy with her family the happiness of her successful transplant but sadly COVID-19 took her and she left all her entire family with an irreplaceable pain.”

– Bertha Andalon, Niece


Arthur S. Torres Jr.

“Dad served in the United States Army, he was a Vietnam Veteran. He retired from the City of Tucson early 2000s. A devoted loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. Fun loving man who loved hunting, Harleys and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air hot rod. His journey with us ended on August 18, 2020. He is dearly missed and loved by so many. He always had something witty to say and will close with his words… ‘Why, Who wants to know?’ Thank you our family and the medical team, staff and clergy at VA hospital.”

– Katrina Torres, Daughter


Blanca Escamilla

“Blanca was to anyone who knew her the most selfless and caring individual they’ve come across. She did for others way before she did for herself. She was a daughter, sister, mother, friend and perhaps most importantly, a grandmother to 7. Her positive outlook on life is what keeps her loved ones going, she would want us to forgive and have peace. She was deeply loved and will always be missed.”

– Sarah Phillips, Daughter


Leticia Robles

“Leticia was a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she was a great human being always helping someone in need, she was loved by all who knew her, she passed away in August, we miss you so much and can’t wait to see you soon.”

– Yolanda Robles, Daughter


Manual Vasquez

“My dad passed in April from covid-19. He fought hard but he could not beat it. My sisters, brother and I miss him very much, he was hunter, hard worker and wish he was still here. We love you dad😪❤🙏”

– Jose Vasquez, Son


Allistaire Heartfield

“Very sweet loving person. With a big heart. Tucson High Legendary. All state football champion 70-71 his football number was 21. Always had a smile on his face.”

– Angelina Johnson, Niece


Natalia Armijo

“Mom came to the United States at age 16. She met my dad, a recent Veteran and they wed in 1952. Tragically my dad passed away in 1963 leaving mom a widow with 3 young children. She struggled and raised us to be honest and hardworking. Due to many health problems mom was living at an assisted living facility for the past 10 years. In 2018 mom became a US Citizen.

She expressed to me that the swearing-in ceremony was the proudest moment in her life! We had not seen mom since March 11th. Our contact was strictly through telephone and Zoom sessions. I got a dreadful call that someone in her unit had tested positive and that mom has been tested. Unfortunately, she tested positive on July 10th and tragically passed away on July 16.

It’s heartbreaking because no family could be by her side. She died all alone as her weakened heart could not withstand the lack of oxygen Covid caused. She is dearly missed by everyone. Her words of wisdom and encouragement are what is missed the most.

Wish I could have been by her side.”

– Lina Armijo, Daughter


Tony Herrera

“My dad tony used to work at kino hospital as a nurse and he loved his job. He loved helping people and understood the risks that came along with working at a hospital. That still doesn’t make it any easier that he was taken with COVID. My dad was a loving father to Enrique and I. He was a proud grandpa to my daughter and nephew. He was always having a great time with his brothers and sisters. We all miss him so much and are always thinking of him. RIP dad. Loving father, tata, friend and brother.”

– Brittney Herrera, Daughter


Evangelina Claudia Ovalle Lerma

“Mi hermana falleció el 30 de marzo y mi madre el 12 de abril las dos por complicaciones por Covid, dejan un dolor muy grande y un vacío imposible de llenar en sus hijos y nietos y sobrinos.”

“My sister died on March 30 and my mother on April 12, both of complications from Covid, leaving a great pain and a void impossible to fill in their children and grandchildren and nephews.”

– Oralia Lerma, Sister


Joel Murillo Sr.

“Joel was a strong, funny, courageous man. Was a family man and loved his wife, kids, and family. He will forever be missed by his family.”

– Shardae Murillo, Sister-in-law


Carlos Gallegos

“Sadly, my family and me lost our Father, Grandfather and mentor to Covid-19 back in July. My Father, Carlos Gallegos, was in a nursing home when he passed and we could not say goodbye or be by his side due to Covid restrictions. It was the most devastating event for our family. The fact he had dementia and may of not known there was a pandemic going on and wondering why his family wasn’t by his side just kills us.

Carlos was a Tucson native who went to Tucson High to be then drafted into the Army in the Vietnam war. He was a 101st Airborne who received a bronze star for his efforts. My Father was a true business man who owned many businesses throughout his life, one being Park Avenue bar in Tucson. He was a big part of the Tejano scene and loved to dance. Our Father is will forever be missed and never forgotten. Carlos was 71 years older when he passed. We love you Dad.”

– Jaclyn Gallegos, Daughter


Francisco Javier Aguilar

“Husband passed away from COVID-19 three days after being diagnosed. He left behind four kids and one grand baby. Great man with a big heart. He will always be missed. RIP, Till we meet again.”

– Griselda Olea-Aguilar, Wife


Manuel Perez

“My dad was a living husband, dad, grandfather and great grandfather. He was the rock of our family. He was loved by many many people and will be missed dearly. 11/12/1949 to 10/29/2020.”

– Yvonne Perez, Daughter


Albert Cordova Jr

“My Uncle Albert was the most loving individual I knew. He was very wise and spiritual. He was a proud Native American Marine. He was always there for his Family and his Friends and so very loved! He leaves behind his Wife Sandra Cordova Daughters Sandra and Loyida and Son Pablo along with 6 Grandchildren, 3 Brothers and 1 Sister, nieces and nephews who miss him everyday. His absence has left a hole in our hearts until we see you again Tio! We Love and Miss You Always! God Is Love.”

– Celestina Castro, Niece


Marge Hutchins

“Marge was 100 years old! She was our wonderful neighbor for many years watching our kids grow up. When she moved to assisted living, I visited her frequently as her family lived out of state. She was a part of our family. Although she had no symptoms, she did test positive for Covid and had to be quarantined in an unfamiliar room for 14 days. A very difficult thing for a 100-year-old woman. A couple of days before she passed, I was granted admission to see her while being properly dressed in PPE. Armed with recorded audio goodbyes I asked her family to send, I entered her room knowing she was in her final days. Although she was no longer talking, I got a squeeze of my hand while she listened to her family’s words and my singing. I also called her 102-year-old sister so she could say goodbye. We will always hold Marge in our hearts! There have been so many casualties due to Covid and not all include a respirator. Be kind and reach out!”

– Alison Frye, Family Friend


Jose “Chico” Francisco Lazos Haro

“My dad died June 8, 2020. Days before and a day after his death, two of his sisters, Rita L Haro and Manuela Johnson, my aunts died.

They were very close. All three are very much loved and missed by family and friends.”

– Joe Haro, Son

“My dad was a hard-working man. Married for 54 years, to the love of his life my mom. He was loved by many people and is truly missed.”

– Lisa Garcia, Daughter


José A. Castilblanco

“My dad was a man of great faith, he is missed every single day!

José Alcides Castilblanco Mairena was born in San Rafael del Norte, Nicaragua on January 19, 1952. He was born into the marriage of Celina Mairena López and Ignacio Castilblanco, he was one of 7 children. After the death of his brothers and the turmoil caused by the Nicaraguan Civil War, José Alcides Castilblanco Mairena emigrated to Nacozari Sonora Mexico where he lived for several decades. In 1993 he emigrated for the second time to Tucson Arizona USA. However, his love for the countryside that he developed from childhood returned him once again to Mexico – this time to the state of Veracruz to work in the fields and grow tobacco. Returning to the fields with humble and simple people was an experience that he totally enjoyed until the end. José was a man full of faith in our Heavenly Father and was a great devotee of Our Virgin of Guadalupe. He not only
helped the needy, but he was a father of many children who for one reason or another needed that loving father figure who always projected protection and tranquility. Never angry, screaming, or desperate, José always addressed people with love and respect regardless of their status. José possessed a love of Spanish music such as Roció Dulca, Isabel Pantoja and several others. He loved food, especially Nicaraguan Gallina Pinta, Arroz con leche and fried plantains. In February 2020, José Alcides Castilblanco Mairena returned to Tucson AZ USA to pursue treatment for lung cancer that was previously diagnosed in Mexico. After a battle against this cancer, he, unfortunately, lost the battle not only against his lung cancer but also against COVID-19. He gave the fight of his life for 6 days ultimately succumbing to the disease on July 10, 2020. He is survived by his children and grandchildren Francisco Fernando (grandchildren: Isabella, Alexander y Camilla), Eric Daniel (grandchildren: Abigail y Daniel), José Alcides (grandchildren: Nadia and Nicolas) Rogers (grandchild: Desmond), Adriana, Flor, Karina (grandchildren: Sophia and Sebastian) and Sara (grandchildren: Andrea, Daniella and Karolina).”

– Sara Ratliff, Daughter


Salome Frye

“Salome ‘Sally’ was full of life and was a dedicated nurse at a care facility. Always smiling and laughing, we didn’t see her often due to her work but got to see yet last year at Christmas. She passed in April and finally laid to rest with her late husband Larry in November when her family back East could travel to Arizona. She was loved.”

– Alison Frye, Daughter-In-Law


Arliss “Al” Laux

“My dad was a retired pharmacist and had turned 85 on June 20th, 2020. He had 7 grandchildren he adored and loved to hear about their lives. He was in a memory care facility when he caught COVID-19. He passed away July 16th, 2020. I had not been able to visit him since March 12th because of the lockdown.”

– Jill Waffler, Daughter


Jimmy Andazola

“Out father / husband died 5-9-2020. My daddy died a senseless death. He was in a safe home for his dementia abs he was happy there the last time I saw my daddy was the first week of March. Then the lockdown came in place. He was diagnosed on 5-2, hospice by 5-5, passed onn5-9. Our hearts will forever be broken. We love you daddy these holidays will never be the same. You truly are missed by everyone.. I know you are in a better place and God has you. But it still hurts💔😭💔😭🙏🏼

– Frances Andazola, Son


Martin Hernandez

“Our father was born and raised here in Tucson. He was a father to Rene and I. His trade was mechanic and loved being a helpful person to all friends and family especially to our Nana Lidia his mother –whom passed away one month before our dad passed in March of 2020. My dad Martin leaves behind his 6 grandchildren. We miss him so much. He was severely sick with COVID 19 for a little over 3weeks at home. RIP dad until we meet again. We love you dad and tata. This is so devastating n we still cannot believe it. We are all broken-hearted.”

– Martin Adrian Hernandez, Son

“Martin Hernandez was an amazing brother, son, uncle and father. He was the most loving person. He treated everyone with kindness and would give you his shirt off his back anytime.”

– Leticia Hernandez, Sister-in-law


Victor Munsey

“(He was a) fence builder. (Victor) was a loving father and grandfather”
– Friend of Family


Gloria Andrade

“Mom was a kind, generous, humorous and supportive person. Though 92, she had the energy and looks of a 70-year-old. Known for her beauty, delicious cooking and dancing skills, she is missed terribly by both family and friends.”
– Diane Castro, Daughter


Larry Mackel

“(Lary was) the most Christian, kind-hearted, generous man you would ever meet, really.  (He) always had a smile (and was) always good to others”
– Peggy McKellar, Wife


Fidelina Ramirez Ybarra

“Fidelina Ramirez Ybarra was one of the kindest, loving and giving moms you’ll ever find.  My sister and I were very blessed to have such a beautiful and wonderful mom in our lives. Years ago when Tom Brokaw from NBC News stated the children born into and shortly after the Great Depression and lived through World War II is the greatest generation that society has ever produced.  His poignancy hit the mark on that generation and mom experienced and struggled as a child and teenager after the depression and having her older cousins drafted during World War II.  That is why I admired my mom. (She did so) much for all that she’s accomplished in life.  She was truly a mom’s mom who welcomed everyone into her home and made you feel like family. We will always cherish mom in our hearts and know that she is with us in spirit.  Until we see you again, mom.”
– Gilbert Ybarra, Son


Raymond Grijalva

“He would give you the shirt off his back. (He) always had you laughing and loved his family dearly.”
– Daniella Grijalva, Daughter


Albert Barboa

“(He was) the creative jokester, proud marine and his family was everything to him.”
– Daniella Grijalva, Granddaughter


Arthur Rotstein

“(He was a) well-respected journalist and dedicated family man.”
-Lupita Murillo


Maria Lucero-Vazquez


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