Margarita Bohorquez

March 2, 1937February 3, 2013

Margarita Bohorquez of Tempe, Arizona, born on March 2, 1937 passed away on February 3, 2013. Margarita was born to Margarita and Rodrigo Riveros in Bogota, Colombia South America. An experienced instructor and practicing seamstress with formal education from Colombia, S.A., Los Angeles, CA and New York in Fashion Design and Technology including TV and Theatre Costumes fromUCLA. With over 56 yrs of teaching Clothing Construction and Serger Applications, in CA, AZ and UT . Active member of the American Sewing Guild. Taught multiple classes for MB Sewing Enterprises, her own business and at Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Rio Salado College, and several sewing stores and Seniors Centers in Arizona and California. Margarita is a lifetime member of the Adjunct Faculty Association of Maricopa Community Colleges. Creator of the Horizontal Thread Holder and the Two Needle Installer, sold across the U.S. Each year she would organize a group of volunteers to sew and donate hundreds of tiny gowns to hospitals and clinics for the preemies born here in the valley. Above all, Margarita was a great mom and loving wife. She is survived by her loving husband Luis Bohorquez, children Luis Bohorquez II (son), Adriana Burton (daughter), Juan S. Bohorquez (son) , grandchildren Arielle Bohorquez, Brianna Bohorquez, Athena Burton, and many other loving friends and family including Kevin Burton, Maria Garcia and Emily Garcia. Visitation will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, February 8, 2013 at Green Acres Mortuary, with Funeral Service to follow at 2:30 PM in Green Acres Chapel of Light, located at 401 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257.


  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2013

Margarita Bohorquez

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Anastasia Martinez

February 18, 2013

I am blessed and honored to have been able to have known Margarita and have been able to benefit from the great gift of sewing which she loved to share with others. Much of my time with her came as a result of the classes and friendship that she shared with my Mother (Carma Reiss)over many years. My Mother is a very gifted seamstress, but from my Mother, I learned how magnificently gifted Margarita was with fabrics and sewing, and not just sewing, but with making adjustments to any pattern so that a garment would fit perfectly. I am truly honored to have had my wedding dress made by such a tremendously kind and talented woman as Margarita. I am also blessed to have benefited from sewing and serger classes taught by her that I took at MCC and her studios. She is that rare kind of person that brings a smile to your face just to think of her. She truly was a fine lady.

I offer my deepest sympathy to Margarita's family. A great woman like her will be so truly missed and never forgotten. Con un gran abrazo,

Bonnie White

February 15, 2013

How to say how much she will be missed? She was a treasure to all who knew her. To watch her interact with so many different people and situations and mostly her sweet Luis was a life lesson. She surely taught more than sewing classes. Personalities like hers come few and far between. I will miss her so much that even after she was gone I was wanting her help with my serger - even the machines loved her. If you had a machine problem, she would just sit down at it and it would work correctly. I feel so blessed to have known her and loved her. May she rest in eternal peace and know I'll see her again. All my love

Carma Reiss

February 13, 2013

Margarita . . . a few words I connect with her: Family, friends, fabric, machines, tools and tricks (to make life easier when sewing). We met because we happened to share a table in a serger class which Kay Nichols was teaching at Sally's Fabrics. It was early in the '90's and only the beginning of Margarita's sharing with me.

Initially, Margarita taught classes at several fabric stores in Tempe and Mesa. She would tote a sewing machine, serger, and various rulers for drafting or adjusting patterns to each location. A friend and I took clothing construction and serger classes at Rio Salado in Mesa from Margarita. Later she taught at Scottsdale Community College, and ultimately at Mesa Community. She opened her own studio at Falcon Field. After that studio closed, she had studios in Scottsdale and in her Tempe home. (And I followed her for classes.)

She taught serger, fitting, lingerie, clothing construction, tailoring, and home decorating items. She did many preemie sewing days for the Sewing Guild. For a field trip, we students would go with her to Tolleson to purchase lingerie fabrics.

She was so very gifted with her hands and knowledge of "how-to." Margarita freely gave of her talents to her students. She used to joke that she had enough patience to repeat instructions "at least four times." Once in a while we would hear her exclaim, "Aye yigh yigh!" Students laughed, knowing she'd discovered a BIG problem with someone's garment.

Margarita was not only my teacher. She became my friend. Her laughter always made me smile. She was the finest of ladies. I shall miss her tremendously, but I've been enriched to have had her in my life.

Adriana Bohorquez/Burton

February 10, 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended the service. It meant alot to the family. This guest book will be open for a long time so feel free to post whenever you like. Also feel free to see all the pictures.

Gaill Blackburn

February 7, 2013

Such a loving & lovely woman who will truly be missed. She's with the great seamstress is the sky, mending angel's wings so they can fly! Much love from the Blackburns

Gaill Blackburn

February 7, 2013

Evonne Bowling

February 6, 2013

Margarita was more than a teacher for us at Mesa Community College. She was an inspiration and mentor to hundreds of students. She helped create a pathway for those that loved fashion and sewing to the career of a lifetime. To all of us at MCC she was a gift of love, happiness and skill. She truly is stitching the wings of angels!
Evonne Bowling
Fashion Program Director
Mesa Community College

Ellen Reding

February 6, 2013

I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet Margarita thru her sewing classes She was my friend as well as teacher. We had many laughs and good times. There is no one like her. She was wonderful and will be missed. Ellen

February 6, 2013

To know Margarita was to love her. I will always remember many happy days of sewing classes with Margarita.

Janelle Olson (Tempe,Az)

Paola Laverde

February 5, 2013

Throughout the years Mrs. Bohorquez shared her love of sewing, be it teaching or in giving items she had made. To this day I still wear a slip Mrs. Bohorquez made for me decades ago, I treasure this gift. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed.