Riojas, Santos

Passed: May 09, 2015


Santos Riojas, 89 of Avondale, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2015.  She will be joining her loving husband Marcos in heaven, where they can continue their love of dancing together. Mrs. Riojas was born October 30, 1925 in Taft, Texas to parents Estanislado and Paula (Gonzales) Rosales.  In 1949 she and her husband Marcos moved to Avondale, AZ and raised 7 children.  She was an avid AZ sports fan, including the Dallas Cowboys.  Lady Luck was always on her side while playing the slot machines at the casinos.  She loved attending the sporting events of her children and grandchildren.  Mrs. Riojas made her food with love and is described as an amazing cook by all, whose kitchen was always open to family and friends.  Mrs. Riojas is survived by her children Enedina “Netty” Valenzuela (Alejandro), Eliezar “Elly” Riojas, Elsa Cruz (Rafael), Elia Gonzales (Gabriel), Elisa, Mike and Mark Riojas, sister Theresa R. Randall, 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.  She is preceded in death by her husband Marcos Riojas, daughter Graciela Riojas, parents Estanislado and Paula Rosales, brother Miguel Rosales, sister Esperanza Rosales, and grandson David Riojas.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015. Viewing 9-10 a.m. Mass 11:00 a.m. at Christ Evangelical Luthern Church, 918 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Followed by burial at Resthaven Park Cemetary 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301.

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3 responses to Riojas, Santos

  1. Lina snider says:

    nana santos you inspired me to go after my dreams. You made me always feel like family. I will remember trying to keep up with you in Walmart (she walked fast). Your smile your love lives on in your family. We love you and I know your dancing now. RIP.. The Snider family

  2. We wish to extend our condolences to the entire Riojas family. Words cannot express our sorrow. Santos was one of our dearest friends and she will be missed terribly. We shared so many good times together. God rest her soul.

  3. I want to extend my condolences to the Riojas family. I recently met Elia at the store where she works and learned of Santos’ health problems. I am so sad to learn of her passing. She and her husband, Marcos, led the Grand March at my first wedding and put on a show! What fun this couple was to be around! We used to visit their house frequently when I was young. Laughter was so commonplace! She is making smiles in Heaven, I’m sure. God rest her soul and bless you with the strength to carry you through this difficult time. Marty

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