Carlota Sierra Roy passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, May 2, 2021. Carlota was 95 years old. When she moved to Yuma in the 1950's it was the start of a new life that would bring much joy, love and hardship. Through it all, Carlota gained an inner strength that became legendary among her family, and all who knew her.
When Carlota's children were growing up she worked as a seamstress and cleaned homes to support her family. She was a devout Catholic and attended all three Yuma churches at various times in her life. One of her favorite trips was to Israel, where she visited her favorite biblical sites, and rode a camel on the streets of Jerusalem. She also loved taking her children on summers trips to Las Palmas, the tropical village near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she grew up, and much of her family still lives.
When Carlota was 29 years old, her first born, four-year-old Carmelita and Carlota's husband, Isidro Zavala, died in a car accident. Four others also lost their lives that February evening on the Avenue B hill between Yuma and Somerton. Also preceding Carlota in death are husband, Nick Sierra Sr., son, Nick Sierra Jr., and husband, Charles J. Roy.
Carlota leaves behind four daughters, Genevieve Castaneda (TC), Grace Wehrle (Joe), Margarita Zavala, Stella Alvarez, and sons, Robert Sierra, and Jose Sierra. Grandchildren are Erika Siqueiros (Mark), Nick Perez (Adriana), Eugene Jaramillo, Jr. (Kristin), Joy Hensel (Casey), Marc Jaramillo (Jazz), Adrian Flanagan (Allyson), Breann Lara (Peter), and Cheyenne Ballesteros (Chris). Great grandchildren are Alexis Siqueiros (Brent), Mark Siqueiros, Jr. (Deseray), Hendrix Siqueiros, Bianca Jaramillo, Liberty and Hope Hensel, and Laker and Emmett Lara. Great-great grandchildren are Rosalene and Renesmee Siqueiros, and Madilyn Beck. Also left behind are daughters-in-law, Julie Sierra, Irene Sierra, and all of Nick and Roberts children. Lastly, Carlota's niece, Elsa Garcia, and Elsas children and grandchildren have been there from the beginning, and always a treasured part of the family.
The family would like to express their love and appreciation to Jose Sierra, who unselfishly cared for his mother the last seven years of her life. Jose, more than anyone, helped Carlota navigate her final years knowing she was loved, cared for and safe in her home.
A rosary for Carlota will begin at 10:30am, followed by a mass at 11am, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1815 S. Eighth Avenue in Yuma.
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Published by Yuma Sun from May 17 to May 18, 2021.