Rita T. Alvanez

17 November, 198228 December, 2020

Rita Alvanez passed away December 28, 2020 in Somerton, AZ. She was born November 17, 1982. She grew up in Somerton and was a member of the Cocopah Indian Tribe.

Rita worked at the Cocopah Korner Store and enjoyed spending time with her children, cooking, watching movies, and playing sports with them. She obtained her GED and attended AWC for psychology.

She is survived by her children Dion, Reanna, Dray, Raina, Jared, Ileena and siblings; Lucina, Sarah (Jimmy), Annabel, Israel (Connie), Richard Jr., Mercedine, Monique (Joseph), Vincent Hayes, and numeours nieces and nephews, one great-niece Danielle Padilla, one great nephew Eduardo Chan Jr., and one granddaughter Damani Alvanez.

Rita is preceded in death by her father Richard Alvanez Sr., grandmothers Pauline Davis, Laura Thomas (Nick Thomas Sr.) and baby Miller.

Pallbearers will be Emilio Alvanez, Eduardo Chan, Epifanio Chan Diaz, Allan Phillips, Chuancey Thomas, Loren Thomas, Harold Coyote and Desmond Davis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Israel Alvanez, Richard Alvanez Jr., Ezequiel Alvanez, Jospeph Hopkins, Tony Phillips Jr., Anthony Miller, Brandon Phillips Daniel Padilla, Benny Davis, and Jimmy Phillips.

Services will be held Friday January 8, 2020 at Funeraria del Angel Kammann from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tribal rites will follow at the Cocopah East Cry House 5:00p.m. ending at 5:00a.m.


  • Richard Alvanez Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Mercedes Thomas, Mother

  • Emilio Alvanez
  • Eduardo Chan
  • Epifanio Chan Diaz
  • Allan Phillips
  • Chauncey Thomas
  • Loren Thomas
  • Harold Coyote
  • Desmond Davis
  • Israel Alvanez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Richard Alvanez Jr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ezequiel Alvanez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joseph Hopkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tony Phillips Jr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Anthony Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brandon Phillips , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Daniel Padilla, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Benny Davis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Phillips, Honorary Pallbearer


  • East Cocopah Indian Tribal Ceremonial Rites

    Friday, 8 January , 2021


Rita T. Alvanez

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