Maria Cota Denogean

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passed away on July 11, 2014 at the age of 90, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 22, 1923 in Tombstone to parents Francisco and Teresa Cota. At a very young age she moved to Superior and on Jan. 7, 1942 married Federico (Fili) Denogean.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband Federico aka Superman; grandsons, Tommy Jon Denogean, Coty Miguel Denogean and Daniel Luis Anzures; her sister, Artemisa Abril; and brothers, Manuel Cota, Juan Cota, Tom Cota and Henry Cota; and son-in-law, Billy Preciado.

She is survived by her children, Angie Denogean, Freddie Denogean (Minnie), Miguel Denogean (Cathi), Norma Campillo (Eddie), Margie Real (Bobby), David Denogean (Martha), Chella Preciado and Roberto Ramon Denogean. Maria was blessed with 27 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Throughout the years Maria opened her home, heart and life to many people. She was well known as “Nana Mary” to all. Her generosity and loving nature was passed on to her family along with many traditions and recipes. Maria was most proud of her tamales and her yeast bread with meat stuffing.

Maria spent her final 10 years living with and in the care of her son, Miguel and daughter-in-law Cathi. Their dedication to her is just one example of the legacy of Maria’s selfless love for her family.

Maria was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish and a Cursillista. She will live in our hearts forever.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11 Church Ave., Superior, AZ 85173. Reception to follow at Los Hermanos Hall, 835 W. US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173.

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