Marietta Starbuck Zavala
June 23, 1949 – July 26, 2018
Marietta Zavala June 23, 1949-July 26, 2018
Marietta Zavala, 69, passed away July 26, 2018, in Yuma, Arizona.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 23, 1949, to Dale and Corinne Starbuck.
She moved to Yuma in 1984, where she began working at Yuma Proving Ground until she retired Dec. 1, 2010.
She is survived by her husband Rafael Zavala, and her sisters, Gladys, Dawn, and Michelle.
She is also survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, but to offer names would require more space and time than a simple column can provide, for what made her special, was her endless love, compassion, and generosity to anyone she met.
She managed birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and holidays for more than 50 people, a number which only reflects those she was related to by blood or marriage, but she loved and cared for so many others who think of her as Mom, Grandma, or Great Grandma. She never let a single child she ever met go without presents or, more importantly, a phone call to tell them how much she loved them. This is the legacy she leaves on this earth. It is one of a woman who would always welcome those who needed somewhere to stay; it is one of a mother who cared for children as if they were her own regardless of their relationship. That boundless affection was reflected in her constant desire to prepare her home to be a place of welcome for those for whom she cared.
When someone needed anyone, she was always the first to be called and the first to be there. She will be missed by all those who are now unsure of who to call because the one who was always there has been called to Heaven.
The family is scheduled to host an open house memorial from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 3 at 7584 E. Olive Ann Lane, Yuma, Arizona, 85366. Flowers and letters of condolence may be sent to the same address.