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Lucina Alvarez Bernal

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Lucina Alvarez Bernal on May 22, 2023. She was born and raised in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico in 1942 to the late Armando Bernal Gil and Julia Rivera Castillo. She is survived by her only child, Carolina Alvarez Molina, son in-law Dante Molina, 2 grandchildren Dante Molina Jr. and Carolina Molina, 5 siblings Armando Bernal (Kim), Federico Bernal (Silvia), Francisco Bernal (Priscilla), Ramon Bernal (Marjorie), Cecilia Piña (Tony) and was preceded in death by a sister Gertrudis Bernal. She attended Academia Comercial in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and graduated in l958 as a stenographer secretary. She worked as an office administrator and secretary at Lineas de transporte Jalisco. She was happily married to Abel Alvarez Soto for 45 years until his death in 2008. She dedicated her life to her husband, and daughter. In her 50’s she administered her husband’s business working from home. Immigrated to the United States in 2008 and lived in Mesa, Arizona. She was truly an amazing human being, wise, strong, talented, ahead of her time in many ways, extremely generous, loved and respected by everyone that ever met her. Her two absolute favorite things in life were coffee and conversation. She was an avid reader, had a passion for words, enjoyed reading the dictionary and had a beautiful and extensive vocabulary that no one understood! She enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was a marvelous cook. She prepared delicious food with love and enthusiasm. Everyone that visited her home always left with a full stomach. She was blessed with a talent for decorating and Interior Design (before Pinterest!). Mastered sewing clothes for her daughter and curtains for her home, also enjoyed knitting, embroidery and taught her granddaughter these skills. She gave her grandson what he calls his most treasured childhood memories. At home, always the electrician, plumber, landscaper, gardener and handywoman. She knew how to do repairs on anything like televisions and radios. She enjoyed the challenge. She was always active, hard working, positive, pleasant and friendly. Traveled the world through the magic of television and the internet. Interested in learning about all the different cultures. Her favorite subject was geography. You would hear her on the phone talking to her beloved lifetime friend Bertha and their conversation would consist of naming all the capitals of the world.

She also loved spending hours talking and drinking coffee with her friend Norma. She had such a fascination with people living in Siberia due to her love of Nordic places. Enjoyed listening to modern, contemporary and classical music. Loved “La Vie en rose” by French singer Edith Piaf. Her favorite time of year was fall, she loved transforming her home to the different seasons, especially Christmas. There is no doubt she was the magnet of the family. Everyone enjoyed being around her. She had a great spirit, was extremely funny, joyful, versatile and knowledgeable. You could talk with her about any subject, including sports! She was a fan of baseball and was lucky enough to have a son in-law that loves both baseball and football. He would take her to see the DiamondBacks and Cardinal games. She was educated, proper, elegant, witty, ingenious, creative, entertaining, speedy Gonzales fast and a prankster at heart. All that, plus a loving daughter, adoring grandmother, a wonderful aunt to all her nieces and nephews. She was an exceptional housewife and close and loving to her siblings. A true loyal friend. Above all, the most magnificent lovable mother. Left us at 80 years old, but so young at heart. We will miss her dearly and love her eternally. Her footsteps can never be filled, nor her love ever forgotten. Rest in peace, extraordinary, and beautiful soul.


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