Loretta Louise (Duarte) Saenz, age 64, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Evanston, Wyoming. She was born on May 17, 1954 in California to Bertha Ramirez and Eldefonso ‘Tuti’ Duarte.
She was survived by her husband, Manuel Saenz; her children, Henry Hernandez, Cathy (Robert) Sommer, Jason Hernandez, Angela Hernandez, Raymond (Melissa) Hernandez, Christopher (Tamika) Hernandez, and Joseph Hernandez; 33 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ernest (Terry) Villaverde, Louie (Virgie) Duarte, Eldefonso (Pam) Duarte, Juanita Stevens, Rachel (Rick) Montoya, and Joe (Delores) Olivas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Loretta was known as Red, Mama Red, and Nana Red by all who loved her. These nicknames came from her red hair and temper. She definitely did not hesitate to speak her mind. Loretta loved celebrating her birthday, but her favorite thing to do was call everyone else on their birthday and sing “Sapo Verde to You.” However, her true joy came from spending time with all her children, grandchildren, family, and best friends. Loretta will be remembered as one of the most amazing cooks who made the best enchiladas and red chile. She was always willing to show anyone how to cook her food.
Loretta’s faith in God was insurmountable, which allowed God to use her in so many ways. Her big heart made her the most giving and forgiving person. Loretta didn’t have much, but she always gave without hesitation. Her resourcefulness and determination was what people relied on. Loretta’s greatest attribute was her ability to love unconditionally. Loretta has left a strong legacy of love, faith, strength, and fabulous cooks.
A viewing will be held at Superior Funeral Home, 379 S. Ray Rd. Superior, AZ, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11 Church Ave. Superior, AZ. Visitation will begin at 9 am., with rosary following at 9:30 a.m., and Mass at 10 a.m. She will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the interment at St. Mary’s Center.
Exceptional Service was provided to the family from Superior Funeral Home.