Esther was born on March 25, 1930 in Miami, AZ. She died unexpectedly on October 10, 2009. She is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Blackstead (Peter), Teri Drapeau (Deacon Roy), Angela Navarro (Jose) and sons Michael Ramirez and John Vaglio. Nana Chica is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Dianne Shelton. Nana Chica was the last surviving sibling of Mrs. Mercedes Sanchez Caro who ran the El Portal Restaurant near downtown Phoenix. Esther retired in 2003 from Qwest Communications after 20+ years of service. Visitation is Thursday, October 15 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home located at 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ, 85018. Funeral Mass is 9 a.m. Friday, October 16 at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 North 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004. Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetary.
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