December 30, 1914 – December 13, 2013
Petra C. Encinas, 98, of Tucson, AZ formerly of Hayden, AZ passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in Tucson under Hospice Care.
Petra was born the daughter of Manuel and Ramona (Escarsega) Contreras on Dec. 30, 1914 in Tempe, AZ. The family traveled by wagon to Hayden Junction where she grew up and attended school. She had a variety of job, but she was famous for her beans and tortillas. Petra sold her tortillas in town for years. She also enjoyed baking cakes and painting. She married Lorenzo R. Cordova in Hayden in 1935. They made their home in Copper Creek, AZ then to Tiger, AZ and then to Tucson, AZ and back to Hayden, AZ. Lorenzo passed away in 1974. Ten years later she married Richard B. Encinas. Richard passed away in 2002. In 2010 Petra moved to Tucson until her passing.
Petra is survived by her son: Randolph (Jovita) Cordova, Casa Grande, AZ; 3 grandchildren: Javier L. Cordova, René D. Cordova and Mario O. Cordova; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husbands; one sister; and 6 brothers.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at St. Joseph Parish, Hayden, AZ at 10 a.m. and with a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and visitation starting at 8 a.m. Interment to follow at the Mountain View Cemetery, Hayden, AZ. Online Guestbook: www.griffithmortuary.com.