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Javier Francisco Arvayo

Javier Francisco Arvayo was born September 22, 1984 in Douglas Arizona.

He passed away peacefully May 17, 2023 In Phoenix Arizona. He is survived by son Javier Antonio Stuhan, his mother Anna Gonzales, his father Javier Ramon Arvayo, brothers Jorge , Ramon Gonzales, sister Brandy Arvayo, grandmother Olga Arvayo, aunt's Maria Martinez, Nellie Duarte, Lupita, Sandy Arvayo, uncle Frankie Arvayo, nieces and nephews Brianna, Ivette, Angeli, Emely, Alexa, Eric, Alonso and Carlos.

You will be missed!

Celebration of Life

Funeral services will be

 Friday, May 26, at 10:15 am

 Immaculate Conception Church

928 C ave. Douglas, AZ

 Funeral arrangements

 Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az.

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Michael Douglas Gibson

Michael Douglas Gibson passed away at the age of 58, on April 2, 2023.

He was the son of Doug and Eva Mae Gibson. He was born on March 28, 1965 in Douglas, AZ. Michael lived most of his life in Elfrida, AZ.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music, and working on cars. His passion was fishing on the river. He always said, he wanted to pack up his truck, take his dogs and live by the river. There was not a job that Michael couldn’t do. He did it all, farming, mechanics, mining, gardening, cooking and even cleaning. He had such a kind heart and beautiful soul, always willing to help anyone in need. He was a true animal lover! When he worked on the farm, he always brought home hurt animals for his mom to nurse back to health. He left behind his three buddies, who were always with him. Doughnut, Drago and Binks. They sure miss their dad. Michael leaves behind his son; Dusty (Stephanie), daughter; Robin, Devon (Stacey). Grandchildren; Michael, Amy, Misty, Robert & Lilly Gibson, Andrew, Diesel, Justin, David Brock. Three Brothers; Bobby Ray (Cathy), Ricky (Melissa), Eddie Three Sisters; Mary (Jim), Ruby, Melissa, (Alex) He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Michael is preceded in death by his mom and dad, Doug & Eva Mae Gibson & Brother Cecil Wayne Gibson.

In this land of joy and sorrow Good and bad together grow, We cannot see tomorrow What it holds we do not know. But there is a God to hold us In a hand that’s strong and true, In his bible he has told us, Of this home beyond the blue. Where He gives the invitation To all who tread life’s weary way, For every tribe and every nation To spend with him eternal day (Be) 1970 Michael, you will live forever in the memories we keep. See you later brother. Love, your family.

The Gibson Family wishes to thank Alex Espinosa Funeral Home

in Bisbee, AZ for their kindness.

Celebration of Life

Mass held for Jesus Valenzuela will be on May 13, 2023 at 11:00am, at St Luke's Church 1211 E 15th Street Douglas, AZ 85607

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Jesus Joaquin Valenzuela

Jesus Joaquin Valenzuela, passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2023 in Douglas, Arizona. He was only 50 years old. Jesus' family is very saddened by his sudden death, Jesus would have been 51 years old on May 01, 2023. Jesus is survived by his mother Maria Del Carmen; his three children Jesus Jay Valenzuela, Gabriella Nikole Valenzuela and Lexi Marie Valenzuela. Jesus will always be remembered by his brother Alejandro Valenzuela and his sister Adriana Castro. Jesus was predeceased by his father Reyes Valenzuela and his brother Alberto Valenzuela. Jesus was born in Agua Prieta, Mexico and he grew up in Douglas, Arizona, where he also attended high school and graduated. Jesus was a bright soul and personality and he always made a room just a little brighter. Jesus was passionate, he was passionate about the ocean, about his children and his family in general. Jesus cared more for others than he did himself, he would've given a stranger the shirt on his back. Jesus will forever be missed but his spirit will be lived out through his family that was left behind. Until we all meet again.. “If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think, but the most important thing is even if we are apart, I will always be with you” There will be a mass held for Jesus Valenzuela on May 13, 2023 at 11:00am, the mass will be held at St Luke's Church in Douglas, Az


John ortega

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our son John Ortega. John was born in Louisville Ky. on October 18, 1987 , to parents Anne and Danny Ortega Jr. He was the middle child in our family of three children. John was raised in Douglas, Az. where he lived a mischievous life surrounded by a large, loving family, many cousins and friends. John graduated from Douglas High School in 2006. After a stint in the US Marine Corp, John attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Scottsdale Az. inspired by a love for cooking, he worked at several restaurants in Arizona along with a multitude of other jobs. John called Tucson home where he had many friends.


John was a very intelligent, witty and generous person. He loved regaling his friends, family and roommates with jokes and impressions. His Scottish accent was his favorite.  John had a life long love of food and cooked for anyone, anytime. And cooked deliciously, I might add. John was loving and kind. He was a wonderful son, brother, brother in law and uncle. He will be sorely missed!


John is survived by his parents, Anne and Danny, his sister Jamie, brother David, sister-in-law Kirsten, niece Bethany, nephew Travis and a large extended family. We all love you to the moon and back John. Rest in peace.

Celebration of Life

A viewing will be held at Espinosa Funeral Home on April 17, 2023 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. 

Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1094 W. Highway 92 Bisbee, Az. 85603


Please join us for Rosary and Mass on April 18, 2023 commencing at 9:00 A.M. on April 18, 2023, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 100 Quality Hill Rd. Bisbee, Az. 85603

proceeding to the Burial at Memory Garden Cemetery Anama Lane (Hwy 92) Bisbee, Az. 85603

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Albert Lopez

Albert Lopez was born in Los Angeles, CA on February 4, 1970. He passed away on April 5, 2023 in Bisbee, AZ.

Albert was a loving son, father, husband, godfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Albert is remembered by his kind heart and generous spirit. He was a loyal person that conquered the trust of all those that surrounded him. He was a jack of all trades. There was no task or problem that Albert could not solve. From mechanics, electricity, electronics, plumbing, etc; you named it, Albert fixed it.   

Albert grew up in Los Angeles, his family moved around a lot during his young adult years. Ultimately Albert and his father, Al Sr. settled down in West Covina, CA. Albert graduated from Sierra Vista High School in 1988. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1989, where he served for 3 years. Stationed in El Toro, CA he spent his time working as an Aircraft Mechanic.

Albert was married to Maria Servin in 1989. They spent 25 years together and had two beautiful children, Destiny and Xavier. Though the marriage was not permanent, they remained close friends.

Albert held many positions of great responsibility during his journey on this earth. He worked for West Coast Maintenance and Desser Tire Co. in the field of Aviation. Albert spent time living in Memphis, Tennessee before he settled down in Bisbee, AZ. He worked for the Bisbee Unified School District where he was loved and cared for by all staff, not to mention all the children and young adults that surrounded him everyday.

Albert was a big Raider and Star Wars. Music played a big part in his life, from break dancing to DJing, music was always with him. He was always a jokester, his smile and laughter brought joy to everyone he knew. He truly had a heart of gold and love his family & friends deeply.

Albert is survived by his Daughter, Destiny and Son, Xavier Lopez; his former wife Maria, siblings, Albert Lopez Jr., Debbie Velky, David Galaz, Maria Buelna, Rebecca Grant, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his loving mother and father, Rosa Dorame and Albert Lopez Sr. and Grandparents, Manuel and Teresa Dorame and Florence Lopez and Maria Luisa Trujillo.

Celebration of Life


November 18, 2022 - 6:00pm-8:00pm

Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home

1094 AZ-92, Bisbee AZ 85603

Rosary will be on Saturday November 19, 2022.

at St Bernard’s Church 2308 N Mc Kinley St, Pirtleville, AZ 85626 10:15 a.m.

Funeral and burial service at 11:00a.m. Located at the Sacred Heart Cemetery 1104 Oak Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607.


Manuel Duron Tapia, 85

Manuel Duron Tapia, 85 of Pirtleville, AZ passed away on November 4, 2022.  Manuel was born in Cuquiarachic, Sonora, Mexico on March 7, 1937.  Manuel was preceded in death by his wife Andrea Cruz Tapia and their sons Sergio and Manuel Jr.  Manuel is survived by his son Marcos Antonio Tapia, daughters Nora Matty (Fernando), Selina Munoz (David) and Grandchildren Zumiko, Oyuki,  Sasha, Matty, David, Sean Munoz, Shane and Nicole Tapia. Great grandchildren Ezra Del Rincon, Mila June Munoz, Amina Mavis Navarrete, Veda, Victoria, and Gerardo Gomez, Shane and Jazlyn Tapia.


Oscar R. Barron, 80

Oscar R. Barron, 80, passed away on

October 31, 2022 at home.

He was the husband to
Gloria Armida Barron.
They shared 56 years of
marriage together.
Born in Nacozari Sonora Mexico,

he was the son to Filomena Robles and Antonio Barron.
Oscar was a friendly, smart, hard working person,

who adored his family. He was always happy and smiling,

just the life of the party!
He is survived by his wife Gloria Armida Barron,

children Elodia Barron, Oscar Barron Jr., Susana Salomon (Francisco Salomon)
Jose Viviano Garcia, sister Juanita Moroyoqui,
13 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his mother, father,

brother and sister Adelina Yates, Filimon Dozal, 
and nephews.

Funeral Services - Servicios Funerarios

4 de Noviembre del 2022 - 10:00am-4:00pm

Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home

1094 AZ-92, Bisbee AZ 85603
Servicio Religioso - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Velatorio Municipal Naco Sonora - 5:00pm
5 de Noviembre del 2022
Misa Iglesia Guadalupe Naco, Sonora 1:00pm
Para de allí partir al cementerio municipal.


Moises Gabriel Rea

We are heartbroken to announce the death
of our father Moises Gabriel Rea.

He passed away at the age of 93 in his home
accompanied by his daughters Maria A.
Rea (Angela) and Lydia C. Leatherman. He
was preceded in death by his wife Carlota
V. Rea (Mijen) and his two sons

Marco A Rea and Cruz G. Rea
He is also survived by his stepdaughter
Maria G.Parmley (Marlu), 13 grand-children
and 15 great-grandchildren
Rosary and mass will be held

at St. Luke's St. Church 1211 E15th Street. Douglas AZ
starting at 1015 A.M followed by burial on
Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Calvary
1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607


Daniel Elzy

Mario Elzy

Robert Elzy Jr.

Michael Elzy

Daniel Elzy Jr.

Roman Belasco


Martin Chavez

Cesar Chavez

Honorary pallbearers

Robert Elzy

Cruz Belasco

Jorge Guillermo Flores

Robert Chubby Flores Jr.

Luis Flores

Martin Li Flores

Alex Espinosa

Visitation at 10 AM Thursday, August 18 our Lady of Sorrow in Tucson. Rosary at 10:30 am mass at 11:00 am Interment at Douglas Cemetery after 10:00 am mass on Friday at St. Luke’s Church 1211 E15th Street. Douglas AZ


Socorro "Soco" Elzy

Socorro "Soco" Elzy passed away August 11, 2022, at age 84,

at TMC in Tucson with family by her side.
She grew up in Douglas where she attended Loretto Catholic School,

and Douglas High School.

She was married to Miguel "Mike" Elzy, her beloved lifetime companion for 66 years.

She lived in Douglas, Tucson, St. David.
As a child she was surrounded by her aunts who doted on her and it was said they had her walking at 9 months.

As a youth she loved and participated in all sports. She stayed active and enjoyed walking,
bicycle riding and dancing.
She worked at Kress, a variety store, Head Start, and Phelps Dodge Laboratory.

She was a member of YWCA Club Selene, St. Lukes and Mother of Sorrows Parishes and an oblet at Holy Trinity Monastery in St David.

She was a very active volunteer for her church, Catholic Social Services and the Monastery.
Soco was a loving and caring wife and mother.

She participated in her sons' sports and scout activities.
She was a homemaker, great cook, and enjoyed being with friends and family.

She was very supportive of family and friends.

She enjoyed travel to see family and

was well traveled with her husband on out of state trips, Yugoslavia, Europe, Mexico, and Hawaii.

In later years she loved phone visits and always kept family connected.
She was proceeded in death by her son Mike Elzy and mother Josefa Moreno.

She is survived by her husband Miguel, sons Daniel, Mario, and Robert, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two great grandchildren,

two sisters Lupe Guerrero (Atenedoro), Margaret Nogales, nephew, nieces. She
also had many godchildren.
We will greatly miss her.

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Gerald Hector Garcia

Gerald Hector Garcia was born April 1, 1939, to Leon and Guadalupe Garcia in Bisbee, Arizona.

He was one of ten children. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his son Joseph Garcia, his brothers Richard, Ruben, Mario Rene, Albert Garcia, and his sisters Mary Ida Silvia, and Anita Grijalva. His surviving siblings are a sister Virginia Flores, and brothers Mike (Irene), and Leon (Maria) Garcia.

               He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rose J. Garcia, his daughters Maureen Keen, Rosie Diaz, Doreen (Gilbert) Fuentes, Geraldine J. Garcia, and Maria Luisa (Shane) Dickson, and his sons Manuel Diaz Jr., and Gerald Garcia Jr. Also, his extended children his grandsons Gary Jr. and Carlos Silva. He was blessed with 16 more grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his in-laws Grace Flores, Maria Greene, Martha Elena (Peter) Rider, Teresa Encinas, Michael (Dora) Jimenez and Conchita Jimenez, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

After high school Gerald joined the National Guard, and then worked as a miner for 31 years at Phelps Dodge. He then had numerous other jobs which included Frank Garcia Plumbing, Jesse’s Roofing Company, his own auto shop RAGS, and Randall Refrigeration. Gerald was known as a Jack of all Trades. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and St. Michael’s mission.

Gerald was a fun-loving prankster who was always up for a good laugh. He loved spending time with his family. He left a lasting impact on his entire family, and he will be greatly missed.


Gerald’s rosary mass will be held at 9 am August, 17th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 with the Funeral mass immediately following. A Potluck reception will then be celebrated at the Gay 90’s bar in Naco, AZ following the mass.

Carmen Andrade

On July 11, 2022 we lost a most beautiful soul, our beloved mother. Carmen Andrade, she passed away peacefully surrounded by all her children, and family. She was born in Bisbee, AZ on June 17, 1924. She had just celebrated her 98th birthday, and lived in Bisbee most of her life. Aside from being a Homemaker, she worked many years in what was then, El Zarape Restaurant, on Main St.  She had many customers who would ask for her, personally, to cook their meals. She then went on to live with her daughter, Angelina Godina, in California for many years. She returned to Arizona to live the remainder of her life in Tucson, Arizona. Our mother was the most caring, giving, strong, hard-working, selfless woman. She helped raised most of her grandchildren, and loved everyone in her family unconditionally. She taught us to forgive, and to help others, be faithful to God, and so much more. Carmen Andrade is survived by six of her children, Angelina Godina, Enrique Andrade, Jr., Antonio Andrade, Carmen Miller, Mike Andrade, Ana Lydia Carbajal.  She is also survived by three generations of over 80 grandchildren, and cousins, nieces, nephews, other extended family members, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Miguel Burgos, Bernarda Rocha Burgos, her husband Enrique Andrade, Sr., and their son, Arturo Andrade, She is also preceded in death by her siblings:  Enrique Rocha, Maria Burgos, Angelina Moreno, Miguel Burgos, Baby Manuel who died at 5 years old, Manuel Burgos, Francisco (Pancho) Burgos, and Robert Burgos. 

She will forever be missed and never forgotten. 

Celebration of Life

Funeral Services will be at St. Patrick Church 100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 with the rosary at 9:00 a.m. and the Mass right after at 9:30 a.m. on July 29th, 2022.

Family and friends are welcomed to come to eat, and reminisce at the VFW, 1326 AZ-92, Bisbee, AZ 85603.   Family and friends are encouraged to bring a dish or dessert, as this will a potluck-style gathering. Thank you to all.

Audry Anna Le Mon (Engel)

Died: June 5, 2022


Audry Anna LeMon, 84, passed away at home in Bisbee, AZ on June 5, 2022. Audry was born in Raleigh, ND, to Philip and Margaret Engel. She was previously married to Zan LeMon. Audry moved to Bisbee, AZ in 1979.


Audry was preceded in death by her father, Philip Engel, mother, Margaret Engel (Tishmack), sister, Sonia Engel, brother, Joachim “Jake” Engel, daughter, Lisa Sheree LeMon and son, Jason Ardell LeMon


She is survived by her sisters Betty Sorenson, Eva LeMon, Vonnie Floer, Rita Cornish, Nita Bladow, Joanie Boos and brother David Engel; daughters Alexia Ventoux, Suzanne LeMon-Blanchard and Suzette Velarde; grandchildren Heather, Heidi, Holly, Connie Sue, Cody, Devon, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexandra, Tarz-Daniel, Dylan, Quenton, and Alyssa; great grandchildren Storey, Adaline, Malcome, Alice, Devon “Weston”, Aaliyah, Chardonnay, Gabriel, Kindlynn, Gloria and Jacob “Boomer”; and many, many nieces and nephews.


Audry’s greatest joy was her grandchildren (always asking if they needed jackets, socks, boots and blankets to keep them warm). She also enjoyed thrift stores, word search puzzles, feeding and watching the birds, and watching old westerns. Audry talked alot about horses, how her hands were strong because of milking cows when she was younger and drinking coffee with her dad.


To the moon and back.

Celebration of Life

Funeral Services will be held

 Tuesday, June14, 2022, at 11:00 am,

Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge, MN

It will be Live Streamed at:

Maria Sofia Mora

Maria Sofia Mora passed away quietly on June 6, 2022. She was born on April 01, 1929, in Colonia Morelos, Sonora MX. She was preceded in death by her Husband Alberto, Daughter Maria, Son Mario and 12 siblings. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Legion of Mary, Spanish Choir, Bazaars and all fund-raising events. She would donate her plants to the church yearly that she had planted. She took upon herself to study the constitution and become an American Citizen which she was very proud of. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She always found time for anyone who came to her in time of need. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

God Bless You Mom.

She is survived by her daughter Rosie (David); sons Hector (Vicki), Ernesto (Anna), Antonio (Maria), Francisco (Christine) and numerous grand children and great grandchildren, far too many to list.

Our Mom will Forever be in our hearts and greatly missed.

Celebration of Life

Funeral services will be

 Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 am

 Immaculate Conception Church

928 C ave. Douglas, AZ

 Officiating Father Noriega

 Funeral arrangements

 Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az.


George Christopher Bugen

George Christopher Bugen was born to Chris and Mamie Bugen at their residence above the “Bugen Grocery”, 206 Naco Road (Slag Dump) March 1, 1928 in Bisbee Arizona. He attended Bisbee High School and graduated in the class of 1947. His after hour activities included Football and employment at Arizona Bakery and Frazee Motors. George was a member of the first Bisbee High School Football team to beat Douglas for possession of the Copper Pick in the Fall of 1945. The Pick was cast/made as an ongoing trophy for the annual meeting of the Pumas and Bulldogs. George represents Puma Pride at its best. After he graduated he began his career as a laborer with M and M Enterprise then a miner’s helper for Phelps Dodge at the Campbell Shaft mine in Bisbee. He worked there until the mine caught fire and he worked as a Fire Patrol miner’s helper. From there he wanted to better his life future. He entered the U.S. Navy on Valentine’s Day 1949 and was sent to Boot Camp and to a Navy School, Machinery Repairman at NTC San Diego. He was assigned to the USS Jason a heavy duty repair vessel. The first to be stationed in Seasbo Japan and did three tours in the Korean War. George was discharged in February 1953 as a (MR) Machinery Repairman Petty Officer 1st Class. George returned to Phelps Dodge on the labor crew, drilling and blasting, service lubrication truck until a journeyman machinist vacancy became available. In 1956 he was recruited as a Machinist Instructor in a new mine in Peru (Southern Peru Copper). Do to tax laws in Peru, in 1963 George returned to the United States to work in Stockton California as a Maintenance Superintendent for California Cedar Products. In 1969 he returned to Bisbee as a Technical Sales Representative to contact foreign base mining operations for sale of off road tires for the William R. Ryan Company Bisbee. This lead to the return to Peru as Assistant Master Mechanic, Mill site Mechanical and Fabrication Division, Toquepala. In 1979 he was transferred to Ilo, Peru as Smelter Master Mechanic. In 1983 he advanced to Assistant Mechanical Superintendent of the Ilo Area Mechanical Division in charge of Smelter and Industrial Railroad. George retired on October 6, 1986. George attended several seminars relative to Heavy Industrial and Rubber Products. Home study of various facets of Mechanical Engineering related employment. George traveled to most of the countries in South America, Japan and Yugoslavia. He enjoyed playing golf for many years until he met Arthritis. George also enjoyed gardening, cooking, home repair and various fraternal organizations. George was a man that lived his life in dignity, decency and grace, always wanting to help others. He was a member of Bisbee Elks lodge 671, American Legion Lodge 16, Bisbee Masonic: Perfect Ashlar lodge 12, Scottish Right 32 of Tucson, Sabbar Shriners, Tucson Az and member of St. Stephen Nemanja Serbian Church, Bisbee. As a member of the Bisbee Young Slavs of America he proposed the building of the Serbian Church on the present location and served on the building committee through its completion. He also served on numerous other committees until his departure for Peru. One of George’s favorite activities was maintaining the church and Serb National Federation section of Bisbee’s Evergreen Cemetery. George was a 45 year member of the Serb National Federation and a delegate to the 1977 national convention representing three Western States. Survivors include: cousins, David, Diane and George Milutinovich of Fresno California, cousin’s Evonne Dabkovich of Camarillo California, John Vukotich of San Diego California and numerous other relatives throughout California, Texas and Yugoslavia. George had an intense desire to help the working class adults of the Bisbee area and became a major benefactor to Cochise College to further this desire. Through his contributions the Bugen Family Fund was established which has resulted in the development of educational programs and the Bugen Technical Education Facility at Cochise College. Because of his philanthropic endeavors George was selected to serve as Honorary Board Member for ongoing support of Cochise College students thru the Cochise College Foundation in September 2015. Please make contributions to : Cochise College Foundation – Attention Bugen Family Fund, Sierra Vista Campus, Sierra Vista Az 85635-2317.


Johnnie Irey

It is with deep sadness that our beloved son, Johnnie Irey, passed away at Banner University Hospital in Tucson, Az on Sunday, May 1, 2022. He was born on September 10, 1966. He was a Douglas High School graduate and was on the Track and Cross Country teams all through high school. Later on in life he became a chef and one of the best! Cooking was always a passion for Johnnie! He is survived by his loving parents, John and Josie Irey, and four children, Alek, Portia, Romeo and Max. His siblings, Kim Stom, and Michelle (Richard) Arvayo, Trever Carson. A favorite aunt, Cecilia Vidal, and a favorite cousin, Stella Vidal. Uncle and Aunt Frank and Becky Guerrero, he had many other Aunts and Uncles that live out of state and many nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends!

No words can express how much we will miss him!

Celebration of Life

Funeral services Thursday, May 12

10:00 am at the First Baptist Church

700 E. 10th St. Douglas, 

officiating Pastor David Gonzales 

Funeral arrangements entrusted to

Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az.

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Celebration of Life


Funeral mass Friday April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am St Patrick Church,

100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603

Funeral arrangements by

Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, AZ


Marta Olivia Valenzuela

We are sad to say goodbye to our beautiful Marta Olivia Valenzuela who passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Hereford, AZ April 14, 2022.  Marta was born in Douglas,  AZ on February 19, 1978.  She was raised in Naco and graduated from Bisbee high school.  Marta worked in the medical support field, most recently at the Sierra Vista VA clinic where she took great pride in serving veterans.


Marta is survived by her parents, Rene and Dora Valenzuela, her beloved son Rene Carrizosa, sisters Diana Valenzuela and Armida Lopez, and Armida's  husband Josh, and nieces Mia and Zoe.


Everyone who knew Marta, knows that she was the life of the party.  Her fun free spirit and kind heart will be forever missed.  


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Ruben Edmundo Villa, 77

Ruben Edmundo Villa Franco

November 23, 1944 – March 18, 2022


Ruben Edmundo Villa, 77, of Naco, Sonora, passed away on March 18, 2022, after a battle with cancer. His beloved wife of 56 years, Maria Eloisa Villa, and close family were by his side.

Ruben was born in Fronteras, Sonora and spent much of his life living in Naco, Sonora. He fell in love and married the love of his life, Maria Eloisa Villa, and together they raised a family of three: Ruben, Sergio, and Milena.

Ruben retired in 2001 as a Branch Bank Manager after 40 years of service.

He was the most loving and big-hearted man. He was a present and constant figure in lives of his family and for many years would call them daily to ask about their days with genuine interest. Ruben inspired light-heartedness and humor in all of those he met; we could all count on him to make us laugh with a joke, a funny story, a witty comeback, or simply through his loving affection. Ruben’s ability to connect with people was a true testament of his personable and trustworthy character. Throughout the years, Ruben could be anywhere in the world and would bump into a long-time friend or would spend time making a new one.

He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching boxing matches, telenovelas, and American movies; but above all, his passion was spending time with his many friends and family.

Ruben is preceded in death by his parents Ramón and Socorro Villa, brother Roberto Villa, and son Sergio Villa. He is survived by his wife Maria Eloisa Villa; children Ruben (Amy) Villa and Milena Villa (Eddie Miranda); brothers Ramon (Carmen) Villa, Raúl (Blanca) Villa, René Villa, Rogelio Villa; sisters Dora Lina (Albert) Acuña, María Alicia Villa; 14 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life

A private memorial service for close family and friends will be held at the Espinosa Funeral Home

1094 W. Highway 92 Bisbee, AZ 85603

A public memorial service will be held in Naco, Sonora

 Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 12:00 PM-5:30 PM.

Mass will follow at 6:00PM.

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Juana M. Hurtado (95)

Juana M. Hurtado (95) passed away in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loved ones on March 16, 2022. She was born in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco to Jesus and Luciana Marquez. As a toddler, she moved with her family to the U.S. and was raised in the small town of Paul Spur, just outside of Douglas. She married Jose P. Hurtado in 1944.  They raised three children (Mary, Lucy, Jose) there before moving to Douglas in 1955. She worked at the Cochise County Hospital for over 33 years. As a dietary aid, she found her job very fulfilling and rewarding. Her work ethic was impeccable. After her retirement she enjoyed cooking for her beloved family and friends. Juana had a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. Always helping and providing for the less fortunate. Her generosity included making food baskets, gathering clothing and blankets, and donating them to random families in our neighboring town of Agua Prieta. She was a great listener and always willing to share her wisdom and advice to others. She was one of the strongest, charismatic people you could ever meet. She was extremely proud to be a fifth-generation family. All who meet her fell in love with her and quickly called her their "Nana Juana". "Nana Juana" definitely left a mark on not only the lives of her family, but also of anyone who got the chance to meet her. May the impact she made in everyone's lives live on forever.      

She will be greatly missed by all..."I love you more"

She preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Eugenia Mendoza, Daughter in law- Ana Hurtado, granddaughter- Bernadette Maza, great granddaughter-Gianna Hurtado.

She is survived by her three children, Mary (Armando) Maza, Lucy Grijalva, and Jose M. (Ana +) Hurtado. Nine grandchildren, Celina, Armando, Braulio, Alfonzo, Saul, Karla, Terry, Anacelia, and Jose. Nineteen great grandchildren, Jorden, Alec, Jesus, Baylie, Victor, Taylor, Steve, Chase, Mauro, Victoria, Demetrio, Emelia, Sebastian, Kayleen, Susana, Robert, Alannis, Alinna and Arabella. One great great-grandchild-Aiden. 

Celebration of Life

 Rosary will be March 25th 2022, at 10:15 am

Mass 11:00 am

 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607

Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607

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Ramon “Ray” M. Rabago Jr.

Ramon “Ray” M. Rabago Jr. was called home on January 14, 2022, with his daughter Diana by his side. Ray was born on August 27, 1926, in Douglas, Arizona to Ramon M. Rabago Sr. and Maria Asunción Novoa. Ray attended Douglas High School, where he graduated with honors in 1944. In high school, Ray was a star athlete and he lettered as a varsity athlete in football, baseball, basketball and in track & field. Ray was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the United States Army from November 16, 1944 through August 22, 1946, when he was honorably discharged. He served in the 100th Infantry, 3rd Battalion Division in Europe where he was promoted to Motor Pool Sergeant with 3rd Battalion Headquarter Group Infantry Regiment, and later served as Sergeant in charge of the motor pool for the Regular Headquarters for the 7th Infantry Regiment. He received the following decorations and awards: European-African Middle Eastern (ETO) Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received two Overseas Service Bars. Ray was also decorated by the French military with a French Fourragère military rope braid for his unit’s successful efforts to get needed ammunition to the French army. He spoke fluent English and Spanish, and learned German while overseas. Upon returning home from the war, Ray helped establish the Douglas Veteran’s Club, a Hispanic veteran’s group with the mission to ensure equality for Hispanic citizens. Ray remained active supporting veterans’ issues his entire life, including helping military widows receive benefits. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 426, and of the American Legion in Douglas, Arizona, where he served as the Post Commander of the Fred Hilburn Post 11 in 1964-1965. Ray received many awards and recognitions for his dedicated efforts and was appointed the National Aide-de-Camp for the VFW by the National VFW Commander in 1965, and he was appointed as the statewide Arizona Deputy Chief-of-Staff for the VFW in 1966. In 2006, Ray was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Douglas Veteran’s Day Parade. Ray continued with sports after the war and played semi-professional baseball with the Douglas Internationals and he was even offered a baseball scholarship to play catcher for the University of Arizona but stayed in Douglas because he had married the love of his life, Amelia Estrada, in 1947. Together, they raised a family and spent their life in Douglas. Initially, Ray worked in construction and later owned his own plumbing business. In 1952, Ray became the first Mexican-American firefighter for the Douglas Fire Department where he served 34 years, first as an Engineer, then as Captain, and retired as the Assistant Fire Chief in 1986. During his years as a firefighter in Douglas, Ray was a certified arson investigator and he also served as the Chief Safety Officer for all of the departments of the City of Douglas since 1969. Governor Sam Goddard appointed Ray to the Governor’s Civil Defense Advisory Council in 1965. Governor Babbitt later appointed Ray as Assistant Deputy State Fire Marshal for the State of Arizona. Ray loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting. He loved being at his parents’ farm in Elfrida. Ray was an avid reader of history and current events, and he loved sharing family roots. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon Rabago Sr. and Maria “Concha” Rabago; his infant son, John Jacob, his loving wife, Amelia E. Rabago, as well as his siblings, David Rabago, Edmundo “Charro” Rabago, and Maria Eulalia “Lali” Rabago-Olea. Ray is survived by his children Alvina (Paul) Pawlik, Diana Rabago Payne, Anthony (Anna) Rabago, Ernest (Teresa) Rabago, Robert (Mary) Rabago, and Vince Rabago. Also surviving Ray is his younger brother Richard Rabago, and Ray’s legacy of 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Ray was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed being around all of his children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Ray was so very proud of everyone in his entire family. He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and the entire community.

Celebration of life

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607, with a Rosary at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.

A military burial will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607


It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Ramon Rabago.

Services will be on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Immaculate

Rosary at 10:15 am rosary followed by an 11:00 am mass officiated by Father Noriega

Celebration of Life

On February 11, 2022, a Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. and a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church located at 100 Quality Hill Road in Bisbee.

The burial will be held at 2 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.

On behalf of the family’s wishes there will be no live streaming or video recordings allowed during the services.

Flowers arrangements are from Care Flowers in Douglas, AZ


Matias Francisco Vasquez Rojas

On January 24, 2022, Matias Francisco Vasquez Rojas, Douglas’ Native Son, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Haven Health of Sierra Vista. He was born in Douglas, AZ on February 16, 1932, to Matias R. Rojas and Concepcion Vasquez, both of Douglas. He attended Douglas schools and joined the United States Air Force in 1951 through 1955, where he served during the Korean Conflict.

Matias was the fourth of eleven children. He was proceeded in death by his siblings Gregorio, Juan, Jose, Gilberto, Baby Jesus, and Baby Rita. His surviving siblings are Dionisia, Concha, Rosario, and Jenni.

He was also proceeded in death by his parents, Matias R. Rojas and Concepcion Vasquez and his daughter Stella Willett.

Matias married Frances Quen at the Justice of the Peace in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1955, she died in 1992, he never remarried. They had six children together and raised them all in Bisbee.

His children are Stella Willett (who died on August 24, 2021, and lived in Derry, N.H. with her husband Dan), Sally Rojas of Sierra Vista, AZ, Jenny Chavez of Bisbee, AZ, (late husband David) Alfred Rojas of Bisbee, AZ (Ramona) Francine Powers of Tucson, AZ (Randy) and Albert Rojas of Douglas, AZ. He had several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Matias was a member of the Silent Generation and held his life to those standards of keeping his head down and working hard. He had many interesting careers and never missed one day of work in the process. He owned his own freight business, he worked for the Phelps Dodge Corporation as a dump-truck driver at the Lavender pit in Bisbee, until he worked his way down as a driller in the Bisbee copper mines at the Dallas Shaft. He also worked at the Douglas Smelter after the closure of the Bisbee mines.

Matias was a short and long-haul truck driver for various companies, including his father’s business called, Rojas and Sons Transfer in Douglas. He was a driver for the Chemical Transportation, Inc. (CTI) and held a CDL, Class A combo with Doubles/Triple/Hazmat endorsement. He was also a certified automotive mechanic through Universal Technical Institute (UTI). He was also a long-term volunteer at the Douglas Senior Center and was well-known in his community.

Mr. Rojas was a dedicated family man and during the time he was raising his children in Bisbee, he used every spare moment to create a good quality of life. He would work timeously on his home located up at the top of Tombstone Canyon Road, creating a two-track cement driveway on a steep mountainside of his property, planting rows of Irises and building an outside oven for his famous BBQ ribs. After his wife passed away and his children were grown, he moved back to his hometown of Douglas where he spent the rest of his life. In his retirement he became a silver jewelry maker and continued his love of working on cars and his life-long adoration for the WWE and any other professional wrestling federations that came and went over the years. His laugh was contagious, and his outgoing personality echoed with kindness and sincerity. He was a great father, tata, tio and brother and son. He will be greatly missed.

His favorite quote, “Do what makes you smile, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”



We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and daughter on December 23, 2021.

Rhonda was a life time resident of Cochise County.

Rhonda was born in Douglas Arizona on January 21, 1959 to Ronald Lee Walker and Clara “Walker” Bahschnitt.

Rhonda is survived by her husband of 45 years and high school sweetheart Joe Mauzy. Two sons Zach “Martha” Talon, her mother Clara Bahschnitt, sister Darlene “Ray” Weimer. Two grandsons Cameron, Carson and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father Ronald Lee Walker, Pops Herb Bahschnitt and granny (nana) Ruby Seale who taught school at Sara Marley in Douglas Arizona.

Growing up Rhonda was involved in 4-H and raising Horses, participated in Rodeo’s and competition for Rodeo Queen.

She loved spending time in the white mountains hunting and fishing.

Rhonda retired from Arizona public service where she loved her fellow workers and her customers in both Douglas and Bisbee.

A private memorial will be held in Rhonda’s honor at a future date in the new year. Details of which are forthcoming.


Rest in Peace our love, you’re in God’s hands now.

Cristy Page

With great sadness we announce the loss of our beloved mother

Cristy Page.

In loving memory of Cristy Page,

we are sadden to announce her passing on 01-12-2022.

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.

Services will be held Thursday January 20th, 2:00-8:00 P.M.  at Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, Az. 85603

Mass will be held Friday, January 21st, 11:00 A.M.

at St. Luke’s Catholic Church

1211 E 15th St, Douglas, AZ 85607   


Cristy G Page

Cristy G. Page

Maria Cristina “Cristy” Gutierrez Page passed away peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in the comfort of her home - alongside her children. She was born in 1931 to Eduardo Gutierrez and Trinidad Quiroz in Mexico City. She later attended boarding school in Montreal, Canada while her father was stationed there serving as the Consulate General of Mexico.

She and her family returned to Mexico City in 1948 where she later met the late Alejandro Camou Espinosa, marrying him in 1950 for over 20 years. They had four children.

As a single mother she supported herself by becoming a cosmetologist. She was known for her generosity, kindness, loyalty and hard work ethic. She was a pioneer in her time; always being fashion forward and later on in life owning a clothing boutique.

Cristy married the late Curtis Page, and together they owned and operated Curtis Page & Son’s Funeral Home for nearly 30 years. “Ms. Page” as she was affectionately called by many in her community, was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses through her career. Later on in life she enjoyed working alongside her beloved son Alex, owner of Alex Espinosa Funeral Home.

In Ms. Page’s final retirement, she enjoyed traveling and working on the many hobbies that she kept up over the years such as crocheting blankets for family, friends and new born babies. She always stayed active by walking every day. She always attributed her good health to maintaining an exercise regimen. At age 80, she completed the Bisbee 1,000 “The Greatest Stair Climb.”

She was the kindest most loving person who withstood numerous hardships throughout her life, but always stayed resilient. She was always compassionate with the hundreds of grieving families she worked with over the years. Her love and commitment to her work was extraordinary. Cristy was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and business women and gave back to the community she loved.

Cristy is preceded in death by her beloved daughter, M. Lizette Verdugo. She leaves behind daughters Cristy Munoz (Armando), Sylvia Martinez (Jesse) and son Alex Espinosa; as well as 9 loved grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild and many lifelong friends.

Our grief is eased only by knowing that she has been reunited with her beloved daughter Lizette and other loved ones, who preceded her in death.

On Thursday, January 20 viewing will be held from 2 – 7 p.m.

Rosary 7:00 P.M.  at Alex Espinosa Funeral Home – 1094 Hwy 92, Bisbee, Arizona.  Burial Mass will be held on what would have been her 91st birthday - Friday, January 21, 11:00 A.M. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church – 1211 E. 15th Street, Douglas, Arizona.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure – unknown.

Vaya con Dios, mi Mamá



Luis Armando Martinez

April 4, 1973 - May 26, 2021

Luis Armando Martinez gained his angel wings and was called home to be with our Lord on May 26, 2021. He was born in Douglas, Arizona on April 4, 1973 to Frank and Eva Martinez where he and his eight siblings grew up. He graduated from Douglas High School and worked for Arizona Pipeline Co. as a Coordinator until his death.


Luis is survived by his children; Mariana Christina Martinez, Julian Andres Martinez, CheyeAnne Diaz, Tyler Diaz, Luis Martinez Jr., Donovan Martinez, his grandchildren Ayden Martinez, Sophie Diaz, Sebastian Diaz and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The youngest of eight, he is also survived by his two brothers Frank Martinez, Mario Martinez, and his four sisters Lupita Christoffersen, Stella Martinez, Celena Martinez, and Annie Iniguez. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Eva, his older brother Pete Martinez.


He was a loving brother, uncle, a great friend to many, but most importantly an amazing father. He was the light in everyone's life, known for his great humor and jokes, his loving lighthearted spirit, and his selfless ways. He was a gentle soul and always telling everyone, I Love You!

He will be utterly missed by those who were blessed to be part of his life. We are comforted knowing that he is at peace and reunited with Mom, Dad, and our Brother.  


Always Remembered and Forever Loved


Frank Martinez, Mario Martinez, Julian Martinez, Tyler Diaz, Luis Martinez, Donovan Martinez, Guillermo Robles

Honorary Pallbearer:

Pete Martinez

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