Socorro Padilla

November 10, 1916September 17, 2011

PADILLA Socorro A. Padilla, 94, of Kansas City, Missouri, died on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at North Kansas City Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Redemptorist Fathers-Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McGilley Midtown Chapel, where the rosary will be prayed at 8:30 p.m. by the Guadalupana Society. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Guadalupe School Alumni Fund. Socorro was born on November 10, 1916, San Luis, Potosi, Mexico to Arcadio and Hermelinda (Hernandez) Arzola and immigrated in 1919. She graduated from Guadalupe School. She became a naturalized US citizen in the 1950s. She married Tom Padilla on February 14, 1937, and he preceded her in death. During WWII while Tom was fighting in the war, Socorro unloaded mail boxcars at night at Union Station and raised her family during the day. She worked at BMA from 1960 to 1979 as a cook in the executive dining room serving national dignitaries, including two former presidents. After her retirement, she attended classes at the Raytown Adult Education Center in cake decoration, sewing, drawing and painting. She loved to fish at her home at the Lake of the Ozarks and taught her family how to fish as well. In addition to her parents and husband, Socorro was preceded in death by six siblings, Arcadio the older and Arcadio the younger, John Arzola, Victoria Rodriquez, Jesse Amayo and Mercedes Ortega; sons-in-law, Bill Lewis, and Vern Frazee; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Arzola, Ruth Arzola; and brother-in-law, Joe Valdiviez. Her survivors include her children, Tom "Bebo" Padilla and wife Judy, Margaret "Beba" Lewis, Lucy "Quita" Muzquiz and husband Eddie, Joseph M. Padilla and wife Karen, Carlos Padilla and wife Linda, Rose M. Frazee and Rita "ReeRee" Padilla-Smith and husband David; brothers, Tony Arzola, Rudy Arzola, Salvador "Chava" Arzola and wife Frances, Leo Arzola and wife Josephine; two sisters, Irene Garcia and Katie Valdiviez; 33 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Joe Padilla

September 29, 2011

Hiya Mom,
I want to thank you for the million things you have taught & done for me since I was a little boy, til now. High on the list, was that I was your confidant, higher on the list, was you were mine. So many things I learned from you, I have taught my kids. I remember 1 day you were sick in bed. Maliki was 2 yrs old, he brought you some toys to make you happy. You loved telling that story. After your beautiful funeral service at the church, we were taking you down the aisle. Maliki was right behind you. We passed a few pews, he noticed all the sad faces. He gave everyone a big Maliki smile and started waving at them. They smiled back, and started waving. I knew you'd like that : ) Love you.

Anita Barnes

September 26, 2011

Rita and family,
Mama Socorro will be missed by all who took care of her. You were such a good daughter. You both taught us many things. I will think of all of you during the holidays when I am making the cute little chocolate mice. We loved her and will miss her greatly.

Alice Gandara Muzquiz

September 25, 2011

To Padilla & Arzola Families
I am so sorry about the loss of Socorro who I would see working along side my Aunt Bridget when I worked at BMA and who was the aunt of my best friend's Louise & Lilly Arzola may she rest in peace and fond memeories of her comfort you all.

Joy Padilla

September 24, 2011

Rest in Peace to my grandma. LOVE you WHOLE bunches.

September 23, 2011

Rest in Peace.

Gloria Armenta and family

Carol (Fonseca) Hernandez

September 23, 2011

Dear Quita & entire Padilla family ...
I happen to come across a picture of your mama and yourself just last week through Facebook. Your mama looked great and I KNEW it was the family from Jefferson Street from years ago. She remembered working with my mom, Bridget, at BMA and her words were very kind. I cannot express how surprised I am to hear of her untimely death and I wish I could have gone to show my respects. I will never forget our years of growing up and I will continue to keep you in my prayers throughout this difficult time. God bless you all.

Dick & Margaret Cipolla

September 23, 2011

Bebo & Judy,

We were saddened to hear of your mothers passing. Her write up and all the messages of love express the women and Mama she was to all of the family.

God bless you all and know that she is in Great and Loving hands!

Theresa (Rodriguez) Medellin

September 22, 2011

Dear Padilla Cousins and family,
Corro is sister to my mother Victoria (Arzola) Rodriguez. I am so very sorry for your loss and my love and prayers go out to you all. Stay strong and keep her spirit alive.

September 22, 2011

lucy - our prayer's go out to you and your family, love alway's
irene and jesse
san antonio, tx

September 22, 2011

We so love you Aunt Corro - thank you for the incredible memories that are etched in our hearts forever. Our times visiting you and your lake home were some of our most treasured memories. There is no doubt that you are in the arms of the Lord and asking what you can do to straighten out anyone who is not listening to him in Heaven. You were joy and love on legs to everyone that knew you. God winked on the world the day you were born now he has taken you back into his loving arms saying "Well Done Good & Faithful Servant!" Love you - Gillian, Vince & Vince Jr. Ortega