Sandra Ayala Delgado passed into the hands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 7th, 2020 due to complications of Covid-19. The daughter of Henry T. Ayala and Stella Ayala, Sandy was born on June 1, 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona. She cherished her brother Richard who left this world at a young age. His death greatly affected her and she remained loyal to his memory. She devoted 33 years of her professional life to the Maricopa County Court System.
Family was at the heart of Sandy’s life. She stayed in contact with many of her lifelong friends she met at PT Coe and St. Mary’s HS. She looked forward to the family parties, the late night dancing and all the love her family created. Her cousins made her laugh as they told their one of a kind stories. She would smile when speaking of them or bragging of their accomplishments. She got a kick out of her Tias and Tios, but always respected the advice and significant influence they had in her life. She created great memories with her brothers and sisters in law, from camping trips, being young parents together, celebrating kids events, movie nights and the annual Christmas party to name a few. She loved her nephews and nieces as her own children and was so proud of the men and women they grew to be. Her dearest friend was her sister Lily, who she cherished and relied on throughout her life for her loyalty, a friendly ear, friendship and love.
Sandy was married to the love of her life and best friend, Fred, for 46 years. They met when she was 14, started dating when they were 16 and married at 18. Their marriage withstood the ups, downs and trials of life. They were best friends, creating lasting memories and later in life, rediscovering their love and passion for one another. Their cariños, jokes and own language made people laugh and were the basis of many great stories. Their marriage served as a great example of true love, consistency, loyalty and longevity.
Together they had three children, Freddy, Richard (Kaitie) and Jennifer (Matt). She was extremely proud of their personal and professional accomplishments. She was their rock, always ready to help with advice, counsel, a warming hug or a friendly ear. Strong in her faith, Sandy prayed for her children and family everyday and although could not always be with them physically, she was with them in spirit.
Being a Yaya to her six grandchildren (Jayden, Emma, Gavin, Sophia, Stella Rose and Wyatt) was one of the great joys of her life. She tried to make every school event, Church activity and athletic contest. She was a devoted Yaya proudly displaying artwork and photos, ever ready to make cookies or cupcakes and would never say no to a sleepover. Although she didn’t see her Indiana family as much as she wanted, she anxiously awaited and treasured the videos, pictures and phone calls.
Sandy was a passionate sports fan, whether it was attending Game 7 of the Diamondbacks World Series win, watching her children play club and college soccer or rooting for her grandkids at their youth basketball, soccer and wrestling events, she was their number one fan. Sports gave her the opportunity to voice her fiery, competitive spirit. She acted as a “Team Mom” to many children and friends during sleepovers, travel games and team dinners.
Sandy: wife, mother, Yaya, sister, niece, Tia, Nina and cousin is loved and will be missed by many. Services are currently postponed and will be announced in the near future.
Freddy, thanks for sharing! Your mother certainly lived a prosperous life. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers continue to come your way.
It is hard to send condolences to a wonderful family in this sad moments. It is hard to send condolences to people that have showed love to everyone around. It is hard to accept that life has its ends. It is hard to think that one day we will be the ones in that spot. God has his project to everyone and I truly believe that Mrs Sandra accomplished it and gave more!
God bless you all.
Our prayers have been with you and your family throughout this painful journey. Those prayers of love, strength and resilience shall continue. May your beautiful mother Rest In Peace and May your father, your siblings you and your nieces and nephews feel the love that surround you all
May God bless the Delgado Family
The Obregon Family
Although I really didn’t know Sandy I’ve known Fred for many years. My heart goes out to the entire Delgado family along with continued prayers for Fred’s recovery
A beautiful tribute to one of the strongest, kindest, most loving women I have ever known. I was blessed by her love & friendship, and will continue to send love and prayers to you all, now and in the days ahead.
Jennifer, your momma was one sweet lady. I am deeply sorry for your loss and share in your sorrow of loosing your momma way too soon. Many prayers for comfort for you and your family.
This is wonderful testament to what a beautiful person Sandy was inside & out. I will always remember how kind she was to me and my son (who she never got to actually meet, but always complimented on FB and sent a gift to at Christmas), how we tried to have a conversation when she wasn’t allowed to talk, and how much attention she gave to me on FB. What I remember most is a loving, heartfelt message that she sent me last November. Although I knew her for only a short time, I will miss her very much, and she touched my heart deeply.
My deepest condolences, love and prayers of peace to the Delgado family, her friends & all those whose lives this lovely lady touched.❤️
So sorry for your loss Katie and family. The good Lord will guide you during this time.
Freddy and Family, please accept my deepest condolences. Sandra was a childhood friend and I enjoyed reconnecting on FB and seeing her when we would get together with Cathy, Vanessa, and Carmen. She was so proud of her family and loved you all so deeply. My heart goes out to all of you. Sandra Rest In Peace and Prayers for your Family.
Delgado Family, Sandy touched so many lives during her time here, she had an amazing spirit and generous heart. This is so shocking and devastating, my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Her laughter and smile will be remembered by me and I am sure countless others. Sandy was my co-worker for 6 years but really so much more. She and I shared countless moments of laughter and thoughtful discussion in her office on a daily basis. Her passion for her family was inspiring to those who knew her, she loved you all so much. I am so so sorry for your loss.
Dear Familia Delgado, We are deeply saddened by this loss of life. We loved being with Sandy both on and off the sidelines of a soccer field. She was an amazing person and we are so grateful for the time we were able to be a part of her life. Our thoughts are with you. Jose, Christie, Amy and Adam Colunga
Pat and Sandy Nance
Jen, Ritchie, and Freddy
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear sweet mother. Sandy and I remember so many soccer games we shared with her. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her..
Much love and prayers to all of you.
Pat and Sandy Nance
Diane Price (Colmenero)
So sorry and grieved to hear this on the news. Sandy was a beautiful person with the kindest heart. My prayers go out to her children and loved ones. Jesus is holding her close in His arms forever.
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Sandy when I was living in the building next door and did not know she had passed and was looking for them so I could visit. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss.