March 20, 1932 - September 29, 2021
Our Loving Mother, Helen Rosales Padilla peacefully passed away on September 29th, 2021, at the age of 89 in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by her 13 children: Alfano Padilla Jr., Albert Padilla, Mary Lou Padilla, Linda Lopez, Mary Esther Rivera, Arthur Padilla, Armando Padilla, Ernie Padilla, Bertha Escobedo, Andy Padilla, Adam Padilla, Annette Mejia, and Anthony Padilla. She was lovingly referred to as Grandma or Nana by her 41 grandchildren; 82 great grandchildren; and 2 great, great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Pete Rosales, Augustine Rosales, Rudy Rosales, Suzie Rosales, Josie Garza, and Margaret Reyes. Helen was born in Chandler, AZ on March 20th, 1932, and was one of 11 children. She graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in Chandler. She married the love of her life at 17 years old, Alfano Padilla Sr. on July 27th, 1949, and they were married for 67 blessed years. As a devout Catholic and very active member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Helen volunteered and served on several church committees. She and our dad assisted with the organizing of the church fiestas, Bingo activities, women’s guild activities, and helped those in need within the parish and her community. She was a Cursillista with our dad and was very involved in the Cursillo Movement at her church. She worked for Adelante con Mesa, a community outreach program with the City of Mesa to help serve the community. Helen then worked as a cashier for AJ Bayless for many years, which she enjoyed. She was a very smart, caring, loving, beautiful and classy woman, and definitely a people person who enjoyed conversation. Her customers loved her. After 20 years of service, she retired from AJ’s Fine Foods in 1993. Helen had a fierce love for her faith and family and was always committed to raising her children with strong family and religious values. She raised us with morals and to respect, and also taught us many family traditions. She loved all of her grandchildren and provided the best care for them, and taught them as she taught her own children. Mom was our "everything," always dedicating herself and helping all of us one way or another. Our Mother was a "one of a kind" person with a beautiful soul. We are so blessed to have her as our Mother, and to have shared her with so many others. She touched many people in her life and is deeply loved, and will be immensely missed by all.
Our Loving Mother, Helen Rosales Padilla peacefully passed away on September 29th, 2021, at the age of 89 in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by her 13 children: Alfano Padilla Jr., Albert Padilla, Mary Lou Padilla, Linda Lopez, Mary Esther Rivera,... View Obituary & Service Information
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