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Amelia Gloria (Rojas) Carlock


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Amelia Gloria Carlock (Rojas)

Phoenix - September 14, 1924 - February 7, 2018

Gloria Passed away "at work" on February 7, 2018 in the company of friends and caregivers at the Suntree Adult Center and School for Seniors. She is survived by her daughters Phyllis Wheeler (John), Sandra Ferniza (Juan) and JoAnn Hesson. In addition, she was beloved by 8 grandchildren: Jaime and Javier Ferniza, Micaela Inman (John); John "Chuck", Michael and Colleen Wheeler (Jon Bowser); James Hesson (Lee) and Ken Hesson; 18 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter, two great great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Carlock; mother, Petra "Lupe" Rojas; father, Bernardo Rojas; sisters, Margaret and Ester Rojas; and, brothers, Ralph and Henry Rojas and two great grandchildren. She was a native Arizonan and a witness to history that 93 years of an active and well-lived life illuminated. She graduated from Tolleson High School and joined friends in the manufacturing plants of Goodyear during WWII. She loved to dance and was a jitterbug queen with her brother Ralph; and sang off key when listening to favorite boleros and mariachi music. She followed the example of her mother as a community volunteer at SS Simon & Jude Parish engaging her daughters with CYO activities. Later she played Scrabble and other games with participants at the Phoenix Center for the Blind where she met her late husband, Jim. She supported his business by doing the books after a day of work at Motorola in Quality Control. Her Spanish-speaking skills and her QC skills earned her a place on the team Motorola sent to Guadalajara, Mexico to train employees at the new plant. When she retired from Motorola she joined their outstanding team of volunteers serving the Fiesta Bowl events.

Late in life her memory faded as a result of Alzheimer's but it never robbed her of a strong work ethic. She "worked" at the Foundation for Senior Living Monsignor Ryle Adult Center and the Suntree Adult Center where she passed peacefully. A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a contribution to the Banner Alzheimer's Institute, 901 E. Willetta St., Phoenix, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 13, 2018
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