Jan 162013

Rosita D. Santos, 70, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 11, 2013, in Holbrook following a lengthy illness. The Recitation of The Holy Rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 212 E. Arizona St. in Holbrook, where the public visitation will begin one hour prior. Fu-neral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, with Father John Sauter officiating. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Holbrook Cemetery.
Rosita was born in Concho on Feb. 2, 1942, to the late Pedro and Delores Dominguez.
A lifelong resident of Arizona, she had lived in Holbrook for many, many years.
On May 20, 1965, Rosita married Indalecio T. Santos in Holbrook. They were married for 40 years before he died in 2005.
She worked as a short order cook for several area restaurants and everybody always looked forward to seeing her when they came in for a bite to eat. Later, Rosita went on to work for the Northern Arizona Coun-cil of Governments as a Head Start cook. She loved that job like no other because of her love of children. While working there, she would try to teach the children the importance of eating good and healthy food throughout their lives, and created a hand puppet named Gumbo to help her. As time went by, everyone came to know her as “Gumbo,” and she loved that special nickname the kids gave to her.
It has been said of Rosita that she was a great person and everyone loved her. She was always there for others during their times of need and wanted to help them in any way that she could. She only offered advice when asked and was a great listener in her quest to serve those around her. Rosita’s love and care for others was truly a reflection of her Christian faith. It was real and it was genuine.
That love and care naturally overflowed to those within her family. Her greatest joys in life came from spending time with her three sons, as well as her grandchildren. She always appreciated the time she was able to spend with them and enjoyed quiet relaxing days with them, too. When she had alone time, Rosita could frequently be found working on a challenging crossword puzzle.
This sweet woman may have been small in stature, but she had an incredibly huge heart. She will greatly be missed.
Survivors include her three sons, Christopher T. (Elizabeth) Santos of Albuquerque, N.M., Lawrence T. Santos of Flagstaff and Joseph T. Santos of Holbrook; four grandchildren, Kayura Santos, Kara Santos, Bryan Dominguez and Charles Santos; two brothers: Solomon (Judy) Dominguez of St. Johns and Ted (Mella) Dominguez of Concho; and her twin sister, Cora Pena of St. Johns.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.