May 252012

Maria de Guadalupe “Lupe” Gonzales, 85, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Friends and family viewing will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Greer’s Mortuary in Winslow, followed by a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1926, and lived all her life in Winslow.

Lupe and Andy were married on June 5, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow. They lived and raised two sons in the house they built together brick by brick. She was a stay-at-home mom. She enjoyed cooking traditional Mexican style foods. She always had a pot of beans with red or green chili, fresh tortillas and a pot of coffee ready for anyone who happened to stop by for a visit.

She loved to dance, sing or whistle, and to listen to music while cooking or cleaning her home. She loved being outdoors, working in the yard and tending the garden alongside her husband, crocheting, embroidery, shopping, and visiting with friends and family. She enjoyed the beauty and fragrance of fresh cut flowers and always displayed them on the dining room table for all to enjoy. She especially enjoyed watching her sons and grandkids play ball, and she was always in the stands cheering them on.

She was an affectionate and compassionate, caring person and had a sweet spirit about her wherever she went. Her rich sense of humor made everyone laugh and put a smile on their faces. Her home always had a sense of peace and security to all who entered. She will be truly missed by her family and everyone who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her loving and caring husband of 62 years, Ambrosio “Andy” Gonzales; two sons, Richard (Becky) Gonzales of Flagstaff and Mark Gonzales of Prescott Valley; her youngest sister, Virginia Hernandez of Winslow; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Dawn) of Ahwatukee, Cory (Kristina) of Phoenix, Casey (Corrie) of Flagstaff, Carrie Gonzales of San Diego, Calif., and Kylie, Andie and Sydney Gonzales of Prescott Valley; six great-grandchildren; 25 nephews and nieces; and numerous great-nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Octaviano and Rita Hernandez, three brothers, Henry, Joe and Eugene Hernandez, and four sisters, Francis, Margaret, Nellie Hernandez and Emily Palacios, all of Winslow.