OBITUARY

Angela Angie Pena Alvillar

June 28, 1923February 25, 2011

Angela Alvillar, 87, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife of Ysidro Alvillar, went to join the Lord, as well as her husband of 66 years who preceded her in death, on Friday, February 25, 2011. She was born June 28, 1923 in Mesilla Park, New Mexico, lived in Los Angeles, CA, and moved to Morenci, Arizona in 1948. She lived in Phoenix for the past 30 years after her husband retired from Phelps Dodge in 1981. Angela was the mother of Sarah Alvillar, Lake Forest, CA, Erminda Hicks, Phoenix, AZ, and Dolores Klokinis, Glendale, AZ, and step-mother of Isadore "Scott" Alvillar, Las Vegas, NV. She was the loving grandmother of Angela Ortiz, Robert Ortiz, Jr., Sabrina Carr, Lora Hicks, Christina Taylor, Michelle Turner, Tammy Diaz and Jennifer Alvillar (deceased). She leaves 11 great-grandchildren: Isabella Ortiz, Kashmere, Roisin, and Penelope Carr, Jazmine Klokinis, Jacob, Brandon, and Mason Turner, Jeremy Alvillar, Armando Diaz, Jr., and Eva Ann Diaz. Angela left a wonderful legacy of work as a public servant, having been the Director of the Dislocated Worker Program at the Maricopa Community College Skills Center, and Director of Continuing Education of Greenlee County. She was a talented grant writer who obtained millions of dollars in federal funding with the support of Senator John McCain to assist dislocated workers to transition from lay-off and job loss to living wage earners with new skills and training. Angela was a universal teacher and those who knew her appreciated that she wanted to make people's lives better by finding ways to help them through the educational system. She was a mentor to many young people and she believed that getting a formal education was a necessity; not a luxury. Angela was a leader in the LULAC organization and was honored as their Woman of the Year in 1979. She was a vocal force in the Phelps Dodge Miner's Strike in 1983. As an activist, she met and invited Cesar Chavez to speak with the union workers in support of their strike action. In 1994, Angela received an appointment as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance Review in the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona. She also authored a book of short stories and poetry, "Ayer, Hoy, Despues?" After raising her family, Angela went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master's Degree at the University of Arizona in Vocational Rehabilitation and graduated with highest distinction. She had a a significant influence in every educational endeavor she entered. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy as a stalwart educational advocate will live on forever in the lives of the people she touched. A Rosary Service will be held Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 4th at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85012. Celebration of life to follow the funeral mass.

Services

  • Rosary Service Thursday, March 3, 2011
  • Mass Friday, March 4, 2011
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Angela Angie Pena Alvillar

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Rudy Alvillar

March 13, 2011

I'm trying to add this message and it doesn't seem to be going thru-Again sorry to read about Angie's passing; We tried to keep in touch-but kept missing each other- she lived a very busy exciting life (please contact me thru the e-mail)
The alvillar's of california
Rosie, Martin, Rudy and Vera

elvira alvillar

March 13, 2011

sorry to read about your loss-I'm here visiting in arizona-She lived a very long happy and very interesting life. She will be missed by a lot of people and her family-she has not only gone to be with the angel's, and her husband-she has also met up with her aunt carlota...
with love,
the alvillar's of california
Rosie, Martin, Rudy and Elvira
If you'd like contact us through the e-mail

March 12, 2011

we are sorry for your loss, I'm visiting here in arizona-read about her passing, she did live a very happy and exciting long live; she will be missed by her family also of california-knowing now that she has gone to be with not only the angel's-also her husband and her aunt carlota..
with love, (alvillar's)
Rosie, Martin, Rudy, and Elvira
-All of California-

Susan Franco-Lee

March 7, 2011

I offer my sincere condolences to Angela's family. I am one of the youth she mentored - I worked for her in Clifton (JTPA Office). She taught me many things, skills I use today. Angela would be happy to learn that I pass them on to today's youth. Please know that her legacy lives on,not just in her family, but all of us who knew her. Always inquisitive and such a wonderful mind, I would love to hear the conversations she is having with God.

March 7, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are for all the family. My sincere condolences. God Bless, Marien (Ortiz) de la Torre and daughter Sarah de la Torre.

March 3, 2011

Our heart felt condolences to the family of Mrs Alvillar. Mrs Alvillar was always after the young teens in Morenci to get an education. She was always full of life and love for all and had an energy that didn't say quit. She left a legacy of service to the community. God Bless.
Angel & Dora Rodriguez
Glendale, AZ

Michelle Turner

March 2, 2011

I'm not sure if my last message posted, so I'll post again. I love you and have never stopped missing you pappas. The times I spent with you as a child were some of the BEST memories of my life. I remember being so excited everytime my mom said we were going over, and wanting to stay as long as I could. I loved it when you would make us bean burritos and let us play with the treadmill and typewriter, and I could never forget the magical times we all had in the backyard. I will never forget you, and am so sorry I had to spend so many summers without you. I will miss you very much.

Michelle Turner

March 2, 2011

I will always love you and have always missed you. The times I spent with you when I was young are the BEST memories of my childhood, eating bean burritos, playing in the backyard and every single time I went over it was so exciting. You are the best grandmother ever and I'm sorry I had to spend so many summers without you. I love you very much and am so proud to be your grandchild.

March 2, 2011

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Sabrina Carr

March 2, 2011

I love you, Grammy. Thank you for all you taught me to do and the strength, wisdom and compassion you showed as you helped to raise me. I will never get used to your absence.