Juanita Chavez Mendoza, was born on April 26, 1925, in San Bernadino, CA to Matilde Morales Chavez & Leonardo Chavez.
She passed away February 23, 2023, in Phoenix, AZ, at the age of 97. She is survived by her husband of 77 years, Rosendo Mendoza, her sons Guillermo (Willie) & David, daughters Rosa, Consuelo (Connie) & Esperanza and sisters Frances, Matilde & Inez.
Juanita leaves behind a legacy of 22 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren & 11 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Candelaria & Lucy, her brother Bernie, her sons Rosendo (Sonny) & Gilberto, daughter Ysabel and great granddaughters Brianna & Catarina.
Juanita met Rosendo at the age of 18 in Phoenix, AZ, in the neighborhood of 5th Ave and Buckeye. They lived in that neighborhood until the late 70’s and became Ninos to just about everyone, whether it was thru baptism, confirmations and/or marriages. After moving to the house on Almeria, she continued caring and nurturing for her kids and grandkids.
She will be greatly missed by all and always remember for her love of dancing, vicks, chiles, the casino, her matching purses, shoes & jewelry, her red lipstick, blush & nail polish.
A visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 10:00am with the funeral service starting at 11:00am at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Phoenix.