Josie V. Perez

25 March, 19578 November, 2020
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Josie V. Perez, age 63, of Yuma, Arizona passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Josie was born March 25, 1957 in Tucson, Arizona to Josie Vergago and Gilbert P. Perez.

She is survived by her daughter Michelle Aguilar, grandson Jay Gladden, partner Cathy Pfeiffer and MANY family members, close friends and furbabies.

She worked in support of healthcare until her retirement. She was an animal advocate and rescuer. She was very spiritual and believed in the Power of the Universe: Blessed Be.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Josie's memory to: Humane Society of Yuma. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Noon Saturday Dec 5th, 2020 at St. Paul's Cultural Center, 645 2nd Avenue.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Perez family.


  • Cathy Pfeiffer, Partner
  • Michelle Aguilar, Daughter
  • Jay Gladden, Grandson


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, 5 December , 2020


Josie V. Perez

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Sherri Helm

5 December 2020

I really was glad one year my mom had a Halloween party and I got to visit with Josie. It was then I realized what a special person she was. Such a kind heart and what a huge love for animals. Josie you will be missed by so many. My mom sends her condolences Cathy, we wanted to come to The celebration of life but mom wasn’t doing too well today. But you and Josie were in our thoughts.

Helen Conklin

5 December 2020

What a wonderful friend .
a woman who took the time out to rescue any animal out of love that was joisie , she loved as she know how to give the cats or dog .
They felt the love And i honor you for your beautiful trait that you had I love you Josie May God grant you a beautiful journey I Love you Godspeed

Carl Danko

28 November 2020

I remember this charming young Lady sitting atop a metal kid's slide in a tiny park and she was waiting for her lover to ride up on his motorcycle so that they could spend some time together. That's where it all started. It bloomed into a friendship and then into a daughter-Dad relationship - you were my first "Daughter!" Your life was filled with highs and lows as you struggled to be "seen" for who you really were. When you applied yourself, your intelligence glowed!! When you caved in to insecurities, you suffered for for it. But beneath all of the failures and successes was this woman with a radiant, loving heart!!!! The world is less without you in it. I shall find something that you did that I don't now do, and I will honor your memory by doing that something for you and in memory of you. You may have shed a body, but your loving soul remains close at hand. Myrna and Carl

Karen Ortiz

23 November 2020

Our sincerest condolences go out to Josie's family, friends, and her partner, Cathy. We hope that time will ease your pain and replace it with special memories of Josie.
Tony & Karen

Danielle Puentedura

18 November 2020

Ohhh Josie, I loved you from the moment I walked in CRS in Yuma, your beautiful smile lit up the room. I considered you a dear friend through thick and thin. Your laugh was infectious, your generosity overflowing. I am so sad that I can’t call and chat, but I know you needed peace and you are ok. I will always remember what a delight you were in my life and miss you always. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Martha Dube’ (Arviso)

18 November 2020

My sweet childhood friend, Josie, many times we saw life through different lens, but one thing we always agreed on was how wonderful if felt to converse with each over the phone about the good ole days. We would always finish our phone call by saying, “Let’s keep in touch” When visiting Yuma, I would call to see if you felt well enough to go out and just talk over pie and coffee or tea. Now what will I do.. without me able to call you. My heart will “Miss you” very much. I Love you, Josie. You are now pain free..🦋❤️🌹

Rachel Herrera

17 November 2020

Sister, I am so thankful I got to spend time with you when we did. You shared your life with me and I'm sorry we didn't grow up together. You were always so happy and that beautiful smile I will always remember. I'm saddened that you are gone. You and the memories we shared, will always be in my heart.
Love you, your sister Rachel.

Sani Hinojosa

17 November 2020

Aunt Josie... your sweet smile, giggles and laughter is what I'll miss most about you. I always loved how you were so good at giving everyone little nicknames (and by the way, I still hadn't figured out why you called me tweety-bird). You had a big heart for pretty much, every fur-baby on the planet, and were loved more than you knew by many... I will cherish all the memories we shared from when we lived in Yuma, holding them dear to my heart. I'm so sad to know you are no longer on this earth. When I think of Yuma, it's always been correlated with you, and now, will feel empty there without you.
Tia, you're in our hearts forever. Love your niece, Tattie.

Mike Fisher

16 November 2020

Oh, my dear Josie.. My Queen.

I'll never forget the feeling when we would pass in the hallway in school. When you looked at me, I felt ten feet tall. I remember you saying that it was weird we never dated. Probably because I was afraid you'd say no.

Now, I've forever lost that chance. I will miss you, Josie.

I love you, Josie.

Shirley Kodama

16 November 2020

You are missed, dear Josie. And, you know we all love you. May you rest now, dear friend, knowing that your fur babies will be cared for. See you on the other side, Jojo. You will always be remembered for your undying love and care for homeless animals. Thank you for your friendship...and for your sweet little Chile.