Sep 062013

Ramona “Mona” Padilla, 73, of Holbrook suddenly passed away on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at the Flagstaff Medical Center. The recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7 o’clock tonight (Sept. 6) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, located at 212 E. Arizona St. in Holbrook. The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the church. The inurnment will immediately follow at the Holbrook Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Frederick.
She was born to the late Juventino and Josephine (Guerrero) Alvarez on Feb. 28, 1940, in Winslow.
Mona was an active member at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She was an enormous fixture for the church and was always helping with any activity she could. She was a friendly face to many and had an infectious smile that could light up the room. She was always busy helping others in their time of need and never expected anything in return. 

She was well loved by everyone in the community and never met a stranger. She had a way of making everyone feel welcome and loved. Her kind heart and gentle ways will be missed by all who were blessed to have called her “friend.”
Survivors include her daughter, Mona Lisa Padilla of Holbrook; her granddaughter, Faith Esperenza Padilla of Holbrook; three sisters, Vivian (George) Flores of Phoenix, Mary Alvarez of Holbrook and Lila (Lawrence) Pipkins of Phoenix; and one brother, Henry Alvarez Sr. of Phoenix. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Santos Padilla; and four sisters, Patsy Killian, Tommy Moreno, Victoria Guzman and Alice Garcia. 

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.Romoma Padilla