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Luz "Lucita" Amanda (Molina) Enriquez

April 28, 1941April 11, 2021
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Luz Amanda Enriquez, age 79, passed away on April 11, 2021 after a newly diagnosed illness.

She was born April 28, 1941 at her family home in Zaquetelucas, El Salvador. Her parents were Daniel and Maria Molina. On April 17, 1971, Luz Amanda exchanged wedding vows with Angel Enriquez at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Los Angeles, California. Later in life, Luz Amanda moved to Arizona and was a Pinal County resident for 15 years. Luz Amanda enjoyed being involved with the Queen Creek Library Senior Group and made many friends. Luz was a secretary in El Salvador but her primary purpose in life was being a Mother.

She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Queen Creek, AZ for 15 years; prior she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Paula, CA for 27 years. She was raised catholic and remained a devoted catholic all her life.

Luz Amanda Enriquez was a woman for whom actions would speak louder than words. The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Luz Amanda’s life. She is survived by her children, daughter Patricia (Kirk) Cree of Mesa, Arizona; sons, Juan Antonio Enriquez of Whittier, California, and Miguel Angel (Michelle) Enriquez of San Antonio, Texas; her grandchildren, Amanda, Angela, Mia, Ashley, Danielle, and Trisha; sister Norma Molina of San Salvador, El Salvador and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

On Saturday, May 8, 2021 at noon, a funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 20615 E Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. Her final wish was to lay to rest in California with her beloved husband, Angel Enriquez. Her family will return Luz Amanda to California granting her wishes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Luz Amanda’s name be sent to: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 20615 E Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.LakeshoreMort.com for the Enriquez family.

Services

21 May

Funeral Mass

1:00 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

427 N Oak St
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Interment will follow at:<br>Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery <br>380 Cemetery Rd<br> Santa Paula, CA 93060<br>

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    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Ahí está Javier y Hazel, mi hijo con la hija de Alba Luz . 2008.

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Esto fue en febrero del 2008.
Esta Ricky y mi Tia Luz , Javier y yo.

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FROM THE FAMILY
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FROM THE FAMILY

1959 San Vicente Graduation

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1962 Graduation

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Biography

Luz Amanda Enriquez was a woman for whom actions would speak louder than words. The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Luz Amanda’s life. She was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Luz was modest in her actions and extremely literal in her thoughts and in the way she communicated with others. When Luz said something, she meant it. All those who knew her appreciated this quality.

Luz Amanda was born on April 28, 1941 at her family home in Zaquetelucas, El Salvador. Her parents were Daniel and Maria Molina. Most of her young life she was called Lucita or Lucy. Her friends later in life in Arizona called her Lucita again as an endearment. She was raised in San Vicente and Zaquetelucas. Even as a small child, Lucita wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Lucita grew older, she realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, she treated everyone around her the same way. This belief in fair play served Luz well throughout her life and despite her natural shyness; she enjoyed a solid group of friends.

Since Luz sought to treat those around her with respect, she often found herself in the role of playing peacemaker within her family. She was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur and she was good at resolving conflict. She would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. Lucita was raised with eight siblings. She was a middle child with four older siblings, Estela, Cesario, Fita, Gloria, then she, followed by Clara, Olga, Norma, and Daniel Jr. Luz worked hard along with her family in the family business’. There was little time to play but she made sure to constantly be involved in activities with her siblings. Lucita and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

During her childhood, family and friends viewed Lucita as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, she was a curious child who had the ability to entertain herself and did not require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Lucita’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around her worked. She was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. In her spare time, she liked to read a lot of novels. Luz Amanda's memorable achievements included being a mentor to her younger siblings.

The fact that she was curious was an asset to Lucita while she was in school. Although she possessed strong study skills and good concentration, there were times that she had problems staying awake. Her family expected from each child to take part of the family business’- gas station, mill, and animals. Luz relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all the options, and then solving them. That is why Luz became her father’s right hand and did a lot of the office work. Luz enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of her and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, she would become so involved in the process of problem solving that she would lose awareness of her surroundings. Experience was Lucita’s best teacher. She graduated from Colegio Catolico de Eucaristico in 1959. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was typing and administration. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was a new teacher at her catholic school that made math seem easy. Recently Luz shared that she did not like school and laughed. She was always tired from working at home that she fell asleep many times on her school desk. The nuns did not like this, and she would get disciplined. While her children were school age, she tried to instill in them that school was especially important. She would often say,” you only have one job as children, and it is to learn in school. You will have plenty of time to work after you graduate”. After high school known as “Bachillerato” she began a secretarial vocational study and loved it.

Those who did not know Luz Amanda well might have thought her to be objective and somewhat emotionally detached, but family and friends who were close to her knew that she was capable of unexpected flashes of humor. Even though the circle of friends was somewhat small, it was a strong and loyal group, and Luz liked nothing better than to spend her free time with them. Luz was well known for always being up front and open, never hiding her true feelings, qualities that drew deep loyalty from her friends because they understood and appreciated her for the person she was. People admired in Luz Amanda her ability to link cause and effect and apply the appropriate connection in her assessment of any new situation. While growing up, one of her best friends was her sister. Her family always came first and the only person that truly knew her was her older sister, Gloria. Later in life, Luz Amanda’s friends were family. She had few family members close to her and she missed that big family life. Luz felt it was important to have special people close as family. Many that come to mind are the Orr, Keller, Vasquez, Santa Rosa, DeLeon, Guzman, Hernandez, Tobias, and Quintero families; her neighbors Maria and Lulu; and had a special friendship with Rosa, Dolores, Norma, Hortencia, Coco, and many more from the Queen Creek Library Senior Group. This same loyalty and up-front honesty Luz Amanda shared with her friends carried over to other aspects of her life, including her relationships with her family.

On April 17, 1971, Luz Amanda exchanged wedding vows with Angel Enriquez at the Templo del Sagrado Corazon/Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Los Angeles, California. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Luz Amanda’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Angel's needs. She was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions.

As the family grew, Luz Amanda was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Angel and Luz Amanda were blessed with three children, a daughter, Patricia and two sons, Juan Antonio, and Miguel Angel. They were also blessed with three granddaughters plus three more by marriage that she was excited about, Amanda, Angela, Mia, Ashley, Danielle, and Trisha. Luz was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, she would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Her youngest son, Miguel was also logical, and they shared many in-depth conversations starting from a young age. It was beautiful to see this engagement and it never stopped as time went on.

In her work life, Luz Amanda was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. Her primary purpose in life was being a Mother. But, before she was a Mother, she had a diverse background. Luz started by being her father’s right hand and handled his business accounts from a young age; after she graduated, she was a secretary at her uncle’s law office; and hospital secretary for the pulmonary department focusing on tuberculosis cases. When she moved to the United States, she became a nanny and seamstress assistant before being her favorite role, a Mother. Once Luz Amanda’s children were older, she worked seasonally at Calavo packing house and retired from her Klavico position. Luz Amanda always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary to get the job done.

Luz Amanda’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced her choice of leisure pursuits as well. She particularly enjoyed the “alone” time her hobbies provided. Her favorite pursuits were learning to cook Mexican food, enjoyed cross word puzzles, bingo, and love to dance. Luz was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. Throughout her later years, Luz Amanda moved to Arizona and was an active member of the Queen Creek Library Senior Group.

Luz Amanda had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped her enjoy sports. Luz was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list to watch were baseball, soccer and she loved to watch the Olympics on television. Luz enjoyed cheering for her children in the side lines and being involved in any sports her children participated in.

Religion and faith were important to Luz Amanda. She held dear the faith and values she derived from her beliefs. She was a parishioner of Our Lady Guadalupe Church in Queen Creek, Arizona for 15 years and in Santa Paula, California for another 27 years. She was raised catholic and remained a devoted catholic all her life. During that time, she was a faithful lay person who taught catechism to her three children.

Luz Amanda appreciated the occasions when she was able to travel and get away on a vacation. When she retired, she had the opportunity to get away. She enjoyed learning about different locales and was open to exploring new and different places. Later in life, her son Juan and she explored many new places, Juan too had that love of exploring. Favorite vacation spots included El Salvador in Central America, Baja California Mexico, California, Colorado, and Texas to visit family and friends, especially her granddaughters. Later in life, Luz Amanda began to relax and allow her friends and family to show her new places and fun adventures.

Luz Amanda was a lover of animals and cherished her family pets. Growing up her family had many pets that included dogs, iguanas, and her sister Gloria’s and father's cats. One of Luz Amanda’s favorites was Boy, Mixed German Australian dog. They were best friends for 16 years. She and Boy were left in an empty nester home and depended on each other. When Boy passed it broke her heart and she did not get another pet.

As her retirement approached, Luz viewed the event as just one more project to research and solve. So, when the day finally arrived in 2006, she was ready for her next chapter in life. Her new life involved relocating to Queen Creek, Arizona to be closer to family. In retirement, she finally had time to do the things she loved the most and that was to be with family. She and her daughter, Patricia became remarkably close. She found new pleasure in playing Bingo, staying active in church, and joking around with her friends.

Luz Amanda passed away on April 11, 2021 at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Luz fought a brave battle of her newly diagnosis- liver failure. She is survived by her children, daughter Patricia (Kirk) Cree of Mesa, Arizona; sons, Juan Antonio Enriquez of Whittier, California, and Miguel Angel (Michelle) Enriquez of San Antonio, Texas; her grandchildren, Amanda, Angela, Mia, Ashley, Danielle, and Trisha; sister Norma Molina of San Salvador, El Salvador and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

On April 17, 2021 would have been Angel and Luz Amanda’s 50th year wedding anniversary. Luz went to be with him in heaven. They are healthy and whole once again dancing their waltz.

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, mass was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Queen Creek, Arizona. Her family returned Luz Amanda to California granting her final wish.

On May 21, 2021, mass was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Paula, California. Interment was followed and Luz Amanda Enriquez was laid to rest in Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery with her beloved husband, Angel.

Luz Amanda was the type of person who would show others her feelings through her actions. She was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. She had a curiosity about the things around her and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences she treasured most were those she shared with her loved ones. Luz Amanda Enriquez will be greatly missed.