Dolores “Nancy” Escarcega Celis, 88, went to be with her Lord on Jan. 20, 2020 in Kearny, Arizona, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 23, 1931 in Bisbee, Arizona to her parents, Ramona and Mariano Escarcega.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, cousin and friend. She delighted in providing a welcoming, loving Christian home for her family and friends. She was a lifelong and dedicated member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church in Sonora, Arizona and Kearny, Arizona and regularly volunteered and served in different capacities in the parish. Among the family she was known as our “prayer warrior” continually advocating for her family and friends. For over 20 years she was employed by the Ray Unified School District cafeteria, eventually retiring as head cook.
Mom taught our family so many valuable lessons concerning faith, serving the Lord and each other. In addition, we had the privilege of enjoying meals from the best cook in the Copper Basin area. We remember her spirit of service and will eternally miss her sense of humor, tenderness, honesty, generosity and graciousness.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gilbert; parents, Ramona and Mariano; brothers, Hector and Mariano; and loving grandson, Nathan Garcia.
She is survived by her children, Samuel Celis (Mickey) of Kearny, Dr. F. James Celis (late wife-Norma) of Kearny, Nanette Yescas (Arturo) of Kearny and Peter Celis (Lorrie) of Kearny; sister, Eva Garcia (Gilbert) of San Antonio, Texas; and brother, Manuel Escarcega of Superior. In addition, she was blessed with 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren and numerous loving cousins and great friends.
Rosary was 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church in Kearny. Mass was 10 a.m. and the interment took place at the Fairview Cemetery in Superior, Arizona following the Mass.
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