Virginia Carmen Primera passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Tucson, AZ surrounded by her family. She was born March 2, 1917 in Yuma, AZ in a pivotal age of history during prohibition and steam-locomotives. She was raised on the Quechan Reservation with her brothers and sisters. By the age of 12, she transferred to the Sherman Institute School for Native Americans in Riverside, CA to continue her education. Upon completion of the Sherman Institute, she became a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Company. She remained in California working for several years in Hollywood, CA. In 1937, she moved back home to Yuma, Arizona where she met and married James "Buster" Inghram and had 3 children. Together they operated a popular restaurant in Yuma. Later, she married Robert L. Primera, also having 3 children. She enjoyed life to the fullest and loved listening to music, dancing, and reading a good book. She has an amazing family and was always surrounded with love.
Virginia leaves behind her children, Mary Kathryn "Sister" Chavez of Yuma, AZ, William "Rocky" Inghram of Tucson, AZ, James "Bushy" Inghram of Anahiem, CA, Virginia "Gina" Rasmussen of Tucson, AZ, and Roberta "Berta" Primera of Tucson, AZ; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 18 great, great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert L. Primera.
Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1815 S. 8th Avenue, Yuma. Burial will follow immediately at Johnson Mortuary/Desert Lawn Memorial, 1415 S. 1st Avenue, Yuma.