Dolores Juanita Marquez

February 7, 1934September 25, 2013
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Dolores J. Marquez (1934 - 2013)

Dolores Juanita Marquez, 79, succumbed to the complications of heart disease Wednesday afternoon September 25, 2013. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was a much-loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and wife. She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Armando; children, Richard (Helen), Gloria Cedillo, Steve (Alexis), Mike (Laura), and Anna (Glenn Stewart); 14 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a fifth generation Yuman and was preceded in death by brothers Sonny and Bobby Higgins, and her mother, Lola Corea Higgins. As an Air Force wife she made a loving home for her family in locations as diverse as Tucson, Arizona, and Anchorage, Alaska. She worked as a customer service assistant in Anchorage. When Armando began his second career as a Yuma police officer she became an administrative assistant at Mohawk Wholesale. She had a gift for welcoming friends and extended family to her home and making each person feel special. If asked, each one of her children was sure to respond that he or she was her favorite. For many years Dolores celebrated each Christmas season by leading her family in the preparation of hundreds of tamales. Family, friends of family, and Armando’s fellow police officers, swelled the Marquez home each Christmas Eve to enjoy tamales and the generously offered and genuinely loving hospitality of Dolores . She had an adventurous spirit and traveled to Japan, Italy, Montana, Colorado, and California to spend time with her children. She will be missed by many. Visitation will be held at Johnson's Mortuary on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with Rosary to begin at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10:30 am. Interment to follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be; Katia Stewart, Alexander Stewart, Jacob Marquez, Kellen Marquez, Christopher Marquez, Ian Marquez. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Crossroads Mission or Children’s Village.


  • Visitation Monday, September 30, 2013
  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary Monday, September 30, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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jim martinez

October 10, 2013

sister was a wonderful person,much loved and we will miss her very much.deepest sympathies to the marquez family.

October 4, 2013

Dear Armando & family,
We are so sorry to hear about Dolores. We knew you both for many years & she was such a great person.
Rob & Ginger Wright

Anna Stewart

October 3, 2013

We found this in that "special" drawer my Mother had...........

To those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go-I have so many things to see and do. You must not tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for awhile that we must part so bless the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on so if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near and if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all of my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile, and "Welcome Home!"
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Thank you. Each and everyone of you who have sent so much love our way.

Richard Mesa

October 2, 2013

My deepest sympathe to the Marquez Family whom I have known for a very long time. My sincere condolences. May God bless you today and always my friends.

October 2, 2013

Mr. Marquez, Richard, Gloria, Steve, Mike and Anna I am so sad to hear that Mrs. Marquez has passed. What a warm and beautiful person she was, I sure enjoyed the photos, thank you for posting them online. Kathy Rehkopf Koolick

Frank and Lupe Hernandez

October 1, 2013

Marquez Family....may you be comforted by our sincere thoughts and prayers and may God's love give you strength during your time of sorrow. Our deepest sympathy.

Anna Moreno

October 1, 2013

Dear Marquez Family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Mrs. Marquez was such a beautiful person she will be missed. May God Bless you all.

Mary Montana

September 30, 2013

DEAR Armando, My most heartfelt sympathy to you & your family. I remember Dolores from our high school days as a quiet & smiling gal; and also seeing you both at evening Mass in our later years. May our Lord give you comfort & peace.

Dick & Pat Lambert

September 30, 2013

Our hearts are heavy for your loss! Mrs. Marquez was such a loving and giving woman and will be missed by many! We had such a wonderful time getting to know her at Kaity's wedding!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

valerie (dr chee office) hawkins

September 30, 2013

I am going to greatly miss you Dolores. You were indeed a jewel and a classic beauty inside and out. Armando and all of the Marquez family my deepest sympathies to your great loss. I am sending prayers, strength and love to all of you. Peace be with you and God Bless