With her loving husband of 60 years by her side, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Gloria Antonia Almodova (Martinez) was called to her eternal rest on Monday, July 23, 2012. At her passing, she was surrounded by immediate family. Gloria was born on June 13, 1934 in Buena Park, CA.
She attended Yuma High School, and worked as a waitress in La Casa Restaurant from 1960 - 1964. She then moved on to own two businesses, Juanita's Restaurant and All Weather Roofing. As a hard worker, she worked as waitress in her restaurant from 1963 - 1969, and worked as a secretary in her own business from 1963 - 2002. She would attend church at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and liked to spend time at beauty shops and nail salons. She will always be remembered for her love of family and how much she cherished the family coming together. She enjoyed cooking, photography, crocheting, plants and flowers, listening to music, and especially her aviary and birds. She and her husband, Joe, shared a passion for dancing. She was a beautiful dancer and they graced many dance floors together up until her final day.
Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Jose "Joe" Juan Almodova; daughters; Deborah (Raymond) Lagunas, Lylia (Phil) Mendez, Peacha R. (Jim) Sasser, Charleen C. (Pete) Pedroza, and Raquel L. (Wayne) Preston; sons Joe J. Almodova Jr, and Michael A. Almodova.
Gloria was preceded in death by her father, Juan Martinez, mother, Lita S. Martinez, and brother, Charles Martinez.
A visitation will be held at Johnson Mortuary on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 5:00PM - 9:00PM, with a rosary at 7:00PM. Services will be held at Immaculate Conception on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 9:00AM. Her final resting place will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
While words can't express the void the family feels in her passing, they are consoled in God's mercy and compassion. We miss you and will see you again one day.
"Please, please don't cry. This is just adios and not goodbye..." - "Spanish Eyes" by Al Martin