Alice Salazar 76, was born in Florence Arizona on January 20, 1935 to Ophelia and Raymond Bonillas. On November 27, 2011 surrounded by her family, she entered into our Heavenly Father’s arms. She handled her illness as she did her life with strength, dignity, and grace. She was the eldest of seven children, Erma Bonillas, Raymond Bonillas, Arnold Bonillas, Eleanor Duran, Arcenia Vasquez and Frank (Panchito) Norzagaray (deceased). She will be missed by all, survived by her children John Salazar, David Salazar (Pam), Cynthia Garcia (Uvaldo), and Patricia Romero (Alex). Her beloved grandchildren include: Carissa Read (Brandon), Jason Garcia (deceased), Chris Garcia, Jason Moore, Michael Salazar (Megan), Gabriel Salazar (Chrissy), Andrea Martin (Jeremy), Ashlie Gellerman (Skyler), Breanna Hustrulid (Eric), Jennifer Yancey (Taylor), Brittany Smith (Ben), Monica Garcia, Alex Romero, and Hannah Poppert. Great grandchildren: Jordan Read, Alec Garcia, Isabella Read, Arianna Read, Tianna Martin, Sienna Martin, Aileen Salazar, Isaac Salazar, Abigail Salazar, Noah Smith, and JJ Gellerman. Alice and Manuel (passed away in 2008) Salazar opened their first Manuel’s Mexican Food restaurant in 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona. Alice spent many years in the kitchen cooking family recipes while Manuel worked the front of the restaurant. With hard work, a lot of prayers and luck, they became successful restaurateurs. Alice was a dedicated wife, mother, sister and grandmother, her life was defined by her goodness, compassion and giving heart. She touched so many people’s lives and was deeply loved by everyone who knew her. We all are so blessed to have had her in our lives and we’ll truly miss her beautiful smile. A Rosary will be held at 5p.m. with a Visitation from 6-9pm, Sunday, December 4th, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home located at 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 5th at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E Flower Phoenix Az. 85014
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