Amada Lopez Valencia

November 22, 1936 - December 2, 2018
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Marana Mortuary & Cemetery
Christina Sebastian
Christina Sebastian
Jacqueline Tomassi de Castillo
Christine Pablo


AMADA ZOILA LOPEZ VALENCIA, 82, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018. She was born in La Casita, Texas on November 22, 1936. She was preceded in death by her father, Graciano Lopez, her mother, Ana Salinas Lopez, her sister Mary and her sister Amelia.

Amada is survived by her husband of 53 years Ray Valencia, her two children Ricardo Lopez Valencia, his wife Lisa and Esperanza “Hopie” Valencia Gallego and her husband Juan; five grandchildren, Monica, Alberto, Zacarias, Maximo, Sofia and one great grandchild, Danica; brothers Felix, Guadalupe, sisters Jesusita, Blanca and Florence, brothers and sisters in law, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors.

Amada Valencia lived and spoke her truth. She was, above all else, elegant, fierce, just, direct, and protective.  She arrived in Marana in 1962 and shortly thereafter began a 30 plus year career with the Pima County Sheriffs Department. She began her career as a deputy sheriff and when she became a mother, worked as a dispatcher. She learned from her father to open her door to help those in need and hold them accountable for their actions. She would be the first to defend you if you were innocent and the first to turn you in if you were guilty. She extended her love for her family and friends through her cooking. Her green corn tamales, sour cream chicken enchiladas and homemade tortillas were always in demand. For Easter and Christmas she would sell tamales, earning extra money to anonymously decorate the church with Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias. She loved to sing and dance in her kitchen and she sparkled wherever she went.

Memorial services will be held at Saint Christopher Church, 12201 W. Moore Road, Marana, AZ 85653 on Friday, December 7; viewing at 9:00AM, rosary at 9:30AM and the funeral mass at 10:00AM. Entombment will follow immediately after the mass at Holy Hope Cemetery, 3555 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85705.  Funeral arrangements are being made by Marana Mortuary, 12146 W. Barnett Road, Marana, AZ 85653



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Born: November 22, 1936
Died: December 2, 2018

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Christina Sebastian posted on 11/6/19

In memory of Amada Lopez Valencia, Christina Sebastian lit a candle


Christina Sebastian posted on 11/6/19

Amada, You always made me laugh. I love you. God bless you.


Bill Young posted on 12/25/18

Sincere condolences Ray.


Jacqueline Tomassi de Castillo posted on 12/7/18

My sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories give you peace and a smile in your heart.


Christine Pablo posted on 12/6/18

Our condolences to the Valencia Family. My beautiful Nina you will be missed by many. May you Rest In Peace. Love you, Christine, Irving, Shania Pablo


Sylvia posted on 12/6/18

Uncle Ray, Ricky and Hopi my dearest condolences from my family to yours. Love you all so much


Sylvia posted on 12/6/18

You will be dearly missed. The 7-up salad that you would make for me is one I wish I had now. The hugs and kisses you gave me everytime i would see you will be missed. I know you are now dancing and singing in heaven. May you Rest In Paradise until we meet again I love you


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Hydee norton posted on 12/6/18

We send our condolences from washington mom(jesusita) remembers how flaca she was and she loved her malibu rum. I remeber her coming to hear me sing at las margaritas. In washington and having fun and laughing. Maybe the rum helped. Lol i also remeber when i was little that fierceness..we were driving in the car and i was sitting in the front seat between mom and her. I had a choclate covered cherry and only liked the chocolate and the sweet filling inside. I didnt like the cherry. I remeber looking for a place to throw it away..but before i could do anything..she yelled at me in spanish a big NO dont throw that on the seat. Boy that put me in my place and i was scared to even look her way the rest of the she had the voice of.."dont cross her ..stern..and direct." I loved her with all my heart. Mom sends her love and she will miss her deeply.


M. Victoria Villa posted on 12/6/18

I am sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, and Nana. May God give you peace and keep your memories close to your hearts. I remember growing up with all of you and how sweet she was. She's now resting in the arms of our Lord. Love you all! Victoria Villa


Denise Sutton posted on 12/6/18

Dear Lisa and Ricardo My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom/mother in law. May all the wonderful memories of her, help you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers all with you all. Love Denise