Yolanda Valencia was born in Carlsbad, NM on Feb. 8, 1951. She passed away Jan. 20, 2014. Yolanda, “Yolie,” spent the early years of her life growing up in Sonora, AZ later moving to Superior, AZ where she raised her family, and retired. Yolanda was a homemaker, and cashier at the local grocery store. She was active in volunteering with the church and local youth groups.
She is survived by her companion/boyfriend, Michael Sanchez; her ex-husband, James Lucas; her daughter, Heather Rodriguez (Lucas); son-in-law, Jesus Rodriguez; her son, Jason Lucas; and son-in-law, Matthew Johnson; and two grandsons, Noah Alexander Rodriguez and Nicholas Edward Rodriguez.
Yolanda had 14 brothers and sisters and is survived by Sammy Valencia, Lorena Aguilar, Manual Valverde, Juana Aguilera, Joe Valencia, Eddie Valencia, Jesse Valencia, Rosario Torres, Lupe Gallagos, Olga Hughes, Elena Valencia and Ermma Valencia.
She will be greatly missed.
Services to celebrate her life were held Jan. 24, 2014. A Mass was celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and interment with graveside services followed at Fairview Cemetery in Superior. A reception was held for family and friends at the Los Hermanos Banquet Hall.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.superiorfuneral.com.