Stella Ruiz Camacho

February 29, 1936June 2, 2018
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Stella Ruiz Camacho was born on February 29, 1936 in Gilbert, Arizona and passed away on June 2, 2018 in Chandler, Arizona


  • Johnny S. Reza III
  • Jose Arzaga Jr.
  • Manuel Valenzuela III
  • Matthew Salazar
  • Michael Valenzuela
  • Marc Roman
  • Richard Nieto Jr.
  • David Miranda
  • Juan Serrano
  • Emanuel Serrano Jr.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, June 7, 2018

Stella Ruiz Camacho

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Molly Valenzuela

September 3, 2018

Mom as another month has approached us that you became our angel it hasn’t gotten any easier. As each day passes I miss you more and more but knowing that you are watching over all of us gives me comfort.

Mom as you know god has blessed us with another grand baby. I only wish that you could be here too see the excitement we will be feeling when Michael and Heidi’s baby arrives. But I know that you will be watching from above.

Mom as night time approaches I miss your nightly calls where you blessed each of us. Now the comfort I get each night is blessing my bear before I fall asleep and hearing in your voice “I love you” It is now my turn to bless you.

Mom if you see Skittles there running around or stealing food ( snacks) to place under her pillow and gives you that goofy look like “I’ve been caught” let her know it’s ok and please give her a hug and kiss from us and tell her we love and miss her too thank her for the wonderful 12 years.

Mom I know that one day I’ll see you again. Until then please continue to come to me in my dreams.

I love you and miss you so so much.

Valenzuela, Casillas, Contreras Family

September 2, 2018

Nana, you have been a guiding force for each of us at different times in our lives. We always knew that no matter what your love was strong and you would support anything that we did. There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of you or share a memory of you with each other. We cannot hear the number 69 without yelling "OOH 69 and giggling" or telling someone to shut up without saying "SHUT UP baby girl!" We are all observing the signs that you send to us daily to let us know you are doing ok and it makes us smile because we know you are enjoying heaven and everyone that is with you. We know each day that you are looking down on us and we are safe because of it. We love you nana and we miss you like crazy!

Johnny Reza

September 1, 2018

Nana/Great Nana,
We love and miss you everyday, and will cherish all the memories we made together.
- The Reza Family

Olga Arzaga

August 30, 2018

I sit and think back at our daily calls, when I reach out to call you I realize you are not here. When you were down, I remember the jokes I would say to you to hear you smile and laugh. I was not fortunate to see you daily, weekly or monthly, as I moved away from being close to you 32 years ago. I can still remember that day like yesterday. Seeing you with tears in your eyes as I said good bye, I watched you wave to me until I could not see you in my rear view mirror. I missed you so much over the years, but now more than ever. I looked forward to surprising you on Mothers Day and your Birthday, The excitement I felt when I saw how excited you looked to see me. One thing you taught us kids was to love and care for each other. We have made each other a promise to carry out your love with each other and our own families. Mom, our Angel wings we all wear is what will keep you close to our hearts, when we need to be lifted up, those wings will be your strength in us. When you were called home to be with our Lord, you became our "Guardian Angel". You are the strongest person I have ever met, never did you give up or show weakness. You will always live deep in my heart, I will never forget you. When our time comes to meet you, there will be no fear for you will be there to greet us. Lord take care of my mom, for you have received an Angel. Mom I love you and will forever miss you!! You will live in my heart forever!!

Andrea Gonzalez

August 30, 2018

My nana was such a beautiful light in this world. I miss her smile, her enthusiasm for life, her strength, and her love for us all.
May she watch over us all as she rests up in Heaven with the Angels.

I love you, Nana!

Theresa REZA

August 29, 2018

Mom, there are no words that can describe how much we miss you and the loneliness that we all feel. We think of you in silence and talk to you as we speak your name. The love and special memories that we have deep inside our hearts will live forever and never die.. The void that you left behind will never be fulfilled by anyone else. Mom, when you were called to go home, God opened up the gates to welcome the most beautiful, loving and caring Angel that you are. Mom, you will be our Guardian Angel forever. Our hearts ache as we whisper, "We Love You and Miss You Mom." Someday, we will all be reunited again in God's paradise. We will Love you Forever.....

Stella Nieto

August 29, 2018

Mom, I know you're always watching over me and that your guiding hand will forever be on my shoulder. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. You will always be loved. Mom, I love you so much!

Alexsandra Garcia

August 24, 2018

My favorite memory of nana was seeing her smile it lite up the whole room . She was the strongest women I have ever known and I admire her strength and perseverance to push through the pain. I will miss her and her beautiful smile.

Molly Valenzuela

August 21, 2018

Mom I still see your face before me. Your voice I long to hear..
I miss and love you dearly. God know I wish you were here. Tears run freely from my eye like a river filled with grief. My only comfort is knowing that you are free from pain and found relief. I miss you so much.

Molly Valenzuela

August 16, 2018

I love you mom and miss you!


Stella Ruiz Camacho was an expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Stella, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Stella truly enjoyed life and brought great joy to the family and friends that surrounded her.

Stella was born on February 29, 1936 at home in Gilbert, Arizona. Her parents were Gilbert Ruiz and Amelia Martinez. Stella was raised in Phoenix, AZ and eventually relocated to Concord, CA before returning to Arizona for the remainder of her life. Even as a child, Stella had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring, accepting and friendly. These are the traits that she exuded throughout her life and that she instilled on her family.

Stella was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family disagreements. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Stella managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Stella was the oldest of eleven children. She had four brothers Jr., Jimmy, Roy, Jerry and six sisters, Ofelia, Velia, Dorothy, Marylou, Carmen, and Maryann.

Stella's good humor and fun-loving attitude continued throughout her childhood and the remainder of her life. She was blessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Stella experienced a rather active childhood as the oldest of her ten siblings she was constantly taking care of her younger siblings. When she was not spending time with her family she enjoyed playing softball and constantly fighting to protect her siblings.

Stella never met a stranger, she considered everyone family. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Stella to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. She could always strike up a conversation with someone, in line at the grocery store, in the movie theatre (during the movie), or just being out in public she always befriended someone. Stella utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were Dorothy Figueroa and Ginger Farinas. Later in life, she became friends with Bella Moore. Stella loved sharing life and having her home filled with her family and friends.

At the young age of sixteen Stella married Emanuel Serrano at Gilbert Catholic Church of Gilbert, Arizona and she relocated to Concord, CA. From this marriage she was blessed with five beautiful children before eventually getting divorced. As time went on she was blessed with one more beautiful child before she met and married the love of her life, Manuel Camacho, in her sisters back yard in July 1972. She remained married to Manuel until his passing in May of 2003.

Perhaps the reason Stella related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Stella was blessed with six children, one son, Emanuel Jr. and five daughters, Theresa, Olga, Amelia, Rosemarie and Stella. She was also blessed with seventeen grandchildren; Johnny Reza III, Deanna Martinez, Jose Arzaga Jr., Monique Arzaga, Andrea Gonzalez, Gennie Contreras, Vanessa Casillas, Manuel Valenzuela III, Michael Valenzuela, Noelle Estrella, David Miranda, Vanessa Miranda, Matthew Salazar, Marc Roman, Ezuri Nieto, Richard Nieto Jr. and Reenice Nieto, twenty-four great grandchildren; Angelica Reza, Angelina Reza, Johnny Reza IV, Gabriela Arzaga, Abriana Arzaga, Jazlynne Arzaga, Jesinia Arzaga, Alexsandra Garcia, Brooklyn Williams, Natalia Martinez, Isabella Martinez, Ariana Quezada, Ava Amor Quezada, Amani Roman, Julian Roman, Jayden Roman, Josiah Nieto, Aria Nieto-Martinez, Dominic Contreras, Sophia Contreras, Desirei Contreras, Joseph Casillas Jr., Orlando Casillas, Jocelyn Casillas and one great-great granddaughter; Lilah Casillas. Stella had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Stella's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Stella had a knack for turning some of those chores into games.

Stella was employed for 20 years as an assembly worker at Honeywell and Motorola. At work, as in life, Stella was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. When dealing with various projects and problems, Stella was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Stella's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Stella as an excellent problem solver.

Stella enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Stella constantly enjoyed creating things. Her favorite hobbies were baking and decorating cakes, playing bingo, going to casinos, watching criminal minds and the Steve Harvey show. She was an avid reader of the Star and Enquirer. She enjoyed swimming, dancing, doing the splits and spending time with her family. Stella enjoyed doing her hobbies alone but loved to share her interest with others.

Stella was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Arizona Diamondbacks with her husband Manuel, she loved to watch the Arizona Cardinals on Sundays with her son Jr., and enjoyed watching ASU Sun Devil football with her grandsons.

Stella was a caring, loving and generous person. She enjoyed volunteering at school for her grandchildren and always assisted anyone whenever possible. Politically, Stella was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party. She had a strong disdain for our current President, Donald Trump. If anyone asked her who is the President she would say, “That son of a bitch!” She served for numerous years as a board worker for the elections and enjoyed meeting new people while doing it.

Stella recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a devout Catholic during her last few years. She enjoyed attending the San Peregrine prayer group at the Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ.

Naturally outgoing and generous, Stella was regularly doing things for others. For her, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Stella was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included perfect attendance, effective and efficient productivity during her employment with Honeywell and Motorola. One of Stella's happiest days was when she received an award for her completion of Chemo Therapy Radiation Sessions/Treatments. She was smiling from ear to ear when she got to ring the bell to signify that she had completed her treatment.

Living life in the fast lane was something Stella enjoyed. Stella always wanted to travel and visit different places and as she grew older she was able to check a few trips off of her bucket list. She always wanted to take a cruise and eventually her children were able to make it happen, she took a cruise to Ensenada, she took a trip to Chicago to see the Steve Harvey show and she had an amazing time at the wedding in Cancun, MX. Her most favorite vacation of all was when she went to Houston with her children. She enjoyed meeting Joel Osteen but the best part of the trip was when she went to Pleasure Island and was able to enjoy watching her children become kids again on the pier.

Stella was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. A few of Stella's favorite dogs were Blondie, Baby Girl, Spike, Harley and Pablito. Harley and Pablito stayed with her through the end, they were best friends for years.

Stella believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When she retired she enjoyed having more time to go to the casino, play bingo with her sister, and spending more time with family during family gatherings. Even in retirement, Stella continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

Stella’s 82nd birthday, her final birthday with family was a memorable one. There was a surprise party thrown for her and she was so excited that there were mariachis there to celebrate and serenade her. Her 82nd birthday was memorable as all of her children and grandchildren were able to be present to celebrate with her.

Stella passed away on June 2, 2018 at home peacefully surrounded by her family in her home in Chandler. Stella fought a brave battle against Stage IV Lung Cancer for 2 years and 7 months. She is survived by her children Emanuel, Amelia, Theresa, Rosemarie, Olga and Stella; her brothers Gilbert, Roy and Jerry; her sisters Velia, Carmen and Maryann; many grandchildren. Services were held at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona on June 7, 2018. Stella was laid to rest at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Avondale, Arizona on June 7, 2018.

Stella brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Stella Ruiz Camacho lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.