Francisca Alvarez

Francisca Alvarez, 92, of northeast Kansas City died on Friday, October 21, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 28, 2011 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 318 Benton Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, KS. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the McGilley Midtown Chapel, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. by the Guadalupana Society. Francisca was born on March 5, 1919 in El Sabino, Guanajuato, Mexico to Julio Saavedra and Irene Barbosa. The oldest of four sisters, she was preceded in death by Maria Tapia, Juana Saavedra and Reyna Saavedra, in addition to her parents. She was married to Jose Maria Alvarez, who also preceded her in death. They had no children, but took guardianship of nephew, Miguel Tapia, for five years and niece, Maria Jimenez, for over thirty years. She was a seamstress for United Upholsterers and was a member of the Guadalupana Society. Her survivors include her cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews as well as great- great-nieces and nephews.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, October 28, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, October 27, 2011

Francisca Alvarez

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Nikole Arceo-Bell

November 15, 2011

Tia Francis, you hold a very special place in my heart, your smiling face will always be remembered. You will be missed, but never forgotten, you were loved by us all. Thanks for all the visits and time you spent with us...Rest in peace Tia...
Love always, Niki and family.

Salina Young

November 8, 2011

During one of Tia's visits with us in California, my mom and I had taken Tia out to In-N-Out Burger. Mom was on the phone and I was talking to Tia. I was getting money out to pay and was looking at the state quarters that had just come out. The one in my hand happened to be a buffalo. So I asked Tia how to say buffalo in Spanish. She replied buffalo. We laughed (I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard). Tia thought that was so funny.

I was so happy to see her at my brother's wedding. We were all happy she was there. It meant a lot to us. It was an honor to have her with us on that special day.

She was very much a part of our family. She even got to go with us on a family camping trip. She wore a baseball cap and had a great time. She looked so cute in that hat! She took a few pines cones back home with her to remember the occassion.
Thank you Tia for those wonderful memories. We love you so much!

Your Niece,
Salina Young

Teresa Arceo Young

November 8, 2011

Tia Francis, You've always been very special and dear to our hearts. We love you so much and will miss you dearly. From the older ones to the younger ones in the Arceo family, they alll knew Tia Francis. She always made it a point to try and remember every one. What a memory she had. We all looked forward to her visits with us from her 1st trip with my Tio to her last trip in October, 2010 for my son's wedding. We are blessed that we got to spend that time with her.
She always had stories to tell me about my mom and my Tio. I was always amazed at how strong, cultured and knowledgeable she was. She could tell you about politics to places she'd traveled with such detail. I was happy that she went out and enjoyed her life.
One of the things I will always remember is that smile and nod she would always give me.
I remember her telling me once that she wondered if things would change with the family now that my Tio had passed away. I told her she was still our Tia and we loved her just as much as we loved our Tio. There was no difference.
She will always be in our hearts.

We love you Tia.
Your Niece Teresa Arceo Young and Bob Young

Monica Chu

November 7, 2011

Tia Francis, will be deeply missed from all her Alvarez/Arceo family in California, who loved her dearly!

We will always remember the love and joy you've shown to each of us. It will never be forgotten but always remembered!

To be "absent from the body" is to be "present with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8). This is the clearest of truths in the mind of Paul, and one of the most comforting assurances for the child of God. Death for the Christian is not so much an exit out of life as it is an entry into the Lord's presence in a very personal sense.

Our condolences and prayers to all her family who loved her dearly.

With love always,


November 1, 2011

My Thoughts and Prayers go out to Ms Alvarez. i had the pleasure of meeting her while i worked at the Guadalupe center always had a smile. for the last 5 years she made me my christmas dress for the baby Jesus. Rest in peace Comadre

Guadalupe Centers Senior Program

October 27, 2011