Monday, April 16, 2012

Amalia Cordova Riley

June 15, 1923
Peoria, Arizona
April 13, 2012
Glendale, Arizona

Amalia Cordova Riley, 88, of Glendale, passed away at home on April 13, 2012. She was born on June 15, 1923 in Peoria, Arizona to Amalia Gutierrez and Juan Cordova. Amalia was a lifelong resident of Arizona, and was raised in Tolleson.  She was the daughter of the first sherriff of Tolleson.  She had worked as a bartender, a homemaker, loving mother and also was a dedicated wife of her husband while in the Army. She would definitely be designated as the matriarch of the family. Amalia was also involved in Chicanos Por La Causa.

Amalia is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Riley.  She is survived by her daughters, Guadalupe, Andrea and Sarem; her sons, Bobby, Francisco and Jose Luis; and her sisters, Elisa Ordonez and Josephine (Lupe) Holland. She was a special loving grandmother to 23 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren.

Amalia loved to sing and dance, she enjoyed and loved her family dearly and will be sadly missed. We will always keep all her smiles and laughter and the love she gave her family in our hearts. She now safe in Jesus’ arms.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 19, from 10:00am-12:00pm at Avenidas Funeral Chapel in Old Town Avondale. A Rosary will be recited during the visitation at 11:30am. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 12:00pm, also at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Moreno officiating. A procession to her final resting place at the Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery will follow the service.

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  1. I love you grandma!I will miss you please keep me strong. You will always live in my heart. Love you ....Yvonne

  2. I love you mom ! I will do as I promised you.You will always be at my side guiding me and keeping me strong for our family. You will always be in my heart.I will miss you so much!
    MOM I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS .... Guadalupe

  3. I will miss you so much grandma you have done so much for me its been so hard for me to deal with this. I love you so much and i will never forget Vanessa

  4. You will definitely be missed grandma.. I love you so much!! I'm proud to have had a great -grandma like you. Your memories will carry-on in my heart. I love you always!!


  5. Lupe & Family,

    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now & in the days ahead. Please accept our deepest condolence and know that God loves you all & only He can give you peace, restore your spirit, & strengthen you, so keep the faith.

    Toni Jones & Family
    of the Country Meadows Neighborhood

  6. I love you grandma. I know you will watch over all of us and keep us safe. You will truly be missed. Love you always.


  7. I love you grandma... thank you for taking me in as your own grandchild you was an amazing women that really touched my heart. always protect and watch over us...

    one of our lovely convos


    One of the best memories ill always hold with in my heart

    I love you grandma