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Veronica Adame

May 19, 1955 - June 17, 2013
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"Give me a problem and I'll hand you a solution." Those who knew Veronica Torres-Adame would agree that motto accurately described her. Veronica was a woman of great drive and a very original, independent thinker. For Veronica, no challenge was impossible, and just about any desired result was within her grasp. Veronica placed great trust in her intuition. Since that intuition generally led her in the right direction, who was she to doubt it. Veronica was born on May 19, 1955 at Wickenburg Hospital in Wickenburg, Arizona. She was the daughter of Cornelio and Josephine Torres. Her childhood found her in Parker, Arizona where...
"Give me a problem and I'll hand you a solution." Those who knew Veronica Torres-Adame would agree that motto accurately described her. Veronica was a woman of great drive and a very original, independent thinker. For Veronica, no challenge was impossible, and just about any desired result was within her grasp. Veronica placed great trust in her intuition. Since that intuition generally led her in the right direction, who was she to doubt it.

Veronica was born on May 19, 1955 at Wickenburg Hospital in Wickenburg, Arizona. She was the daughter of Cornelio and Josephine Torres. Her childhood found her in Parker, Arizona where she matured into the independent person she eventually became.

Veronica grew up with four siblings. She had one brother, Nathaniel and three sisters, Rachel, Elva, and Monica. Veronica could be seen as being stubborn by her siblings. It was important to her that she was perceived as "right" when it came to her part in those typical family spats. However, this quality did not over power her caring for her family. This ability to balance her family, with her need to be seen as right, helped her to develop into a young adult while enjoying many good times with her family.

During her grade school years, Veronica was a very focused and serious student who actually enjoyed the challenge of many classroom problems. She was determined to succeed, and she drew upon her gifts of trust and perseverance to provide her with a competitive edge. While her first love might have been academics, Veronica took part in softball and basketball. She was a Girl Scout. Veronica delighted in projects that required planning, critical thinking and resolution. Veronica's memorable achievements included.

During high school, Veronica was relentless in her pursuit of learning, especially in those subject areas that really grabbed hold of her interests. It wasn't that she didn't put forth her best efforts in all classes, but if a subject really interested her, she would eagerly put forth extra effort to learn all she could. Veronica graduated from Parker High School in 1973. Her favorite class in high school was dance team.

Veronica was loyal to her friends. She found that she was most in tune with people who had similar interests and thought about things much the way that she did. Veronica sometimes had a tendency to be critical in her friendships but she was more interested in finding out what was right in a situation rather than in being mean toward others. She never intentionally set out to hurt any of her friends. Veronica was a person who challenged others to fend for themselves and to be original in their thinking and evaluation of the outside world. While growing up, some of her best friends were Sherry Silva and Peggy. Later in life, she became friends with Teresa Nowlin and Julie Cons.

Eddie's sensitivity to Veronica's needs proved to be a wonderful influence on this woman, who preferred to live in her "gut." Eddie's influence brought Veronica to a new emotional level, one that eventually enhanced all of her other gifts and abilities. Eddie was able to help Veronica appreciate the fact that others made contributions and Veronica became better at interacting with those around her. Because of this, Veronica grew as a person.

Veronica often neglected her own feelings in order to give to others. This was very true when it came to how she dealt with her children. She was able to hand on to each child a number of strong values. She taught them to appreciate their abilities, gave them a desire to persevere despite obstacles and set within them a drive to succeed. She had four children, three sons, Samuel, Michael and Mark, and one daughter, Nicole. She also had four grandchildren, Johnathan, Samantha, Nicholas, and Elena. They were always aware of how much Veronica loved them.

During Veronica's professional working years, she was at her best when working independently. It became the hallmark of her performance. Veronica was generally able to refocus her drive and determination and readily work toward finding a way to get things done that was beneficial to herself and her co-workers. Her primary occupation was in water service. She was employed for nine years with the city of Phoenix water customer services.

For Veronica, her outside interests and hobbies became another exercise in learning and mastering areas that interested her. She greatly enjoyed unraveling the "hows" and "whys" that lay behind her hobbies. Veronica was always pushing herself to learn more and to stretch her knowledge base even further. She firmly believed that the more things that she knew the more control she would have over things. Her favorite pursuits were swimming and camping.

Watching her favorite sporting events by herself was never a problem for Veronica. It allowed her to indulge in her own individual interpretation of the event. It was not uncommon for Veronica to know what the right play or move "should have been," and she would vocally address these feelings even if there was no one around to hear them. And if there were others around, she would still state his feelings and gladly debate anyone on their opposing views. In high school, Veronica played softball. Recreational sports included co-ed softball. She enjoyed following her favorite sporting events. Tops on her list were baseball.

Due to Veronica's loyalty and passion for following things through to their conclusion, she found that she was a definite asset to many organizations. Once she was firmly behind a common goal, Veronica's skills became an integral part of the planning process and the success of any project. In high school, Veronica was a member of the Indian Club. Veronica's contributions were valued as being the "structure" person of each individual organization.

Veronica's faith allowed her to better appreciate the gifts and opinions of others. This deepening aspect of her life helped her to accept her own feelings to a greater degree. She was a member at the Family Worship Center for 25 years. During that time, she was active in women's auxiliary.

Veronica's skepticism was visible when she found it necessary to place too much trust in one person. This was never clearer than when it was time for her to schedule a vacation or period of time away from her regular schedule. Veronica loved the research aspects of planning a trip, but the actual process of relaxing was far more difficult. Still, she did manage to enjoy some time away. Favorite vacations included Oak Creek Canyon, Parker, Arizona and Disneyland.

Veronica Torres Adame passed away on June 17, 2013 at Ryan Home Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. She fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband Eddie; her children Sammy, Michael, Nicole and Mark; her grandchildren Johnathan, Samantha, Nicholas and Elena; her parents Cornelio and Josie Torres; her sisters Rachel, Elva and Monica; and her brother Nathaniel. Services were held at Family Worship Center. Veronica was laid to rest in West Resthaven Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona.

Veronica Torres Adame was always drawn to what was measurable, practical and factual. She was a very competent person who expected competence from others. She could be headstrong and certain about the way things were supposed to be. She was determined in every aspect of her life and certain that she was usually right about things. She trusted her intuition over all else, even if it opposed the popular belief, and she had faith in her inner vision and speculations. She wanted to be acknowledged by others as having made a contribution to whatever she was working on. Her family and friends will miss her fierce determination, relentless innovations and analytic mind. She leaves with all those who knew her many wonderful memories.

"Sister, the heavens are rejoicing, welcoming you home. I will miss you. I will miss your check-up calls to see if I was ok or need anything. Asking how's..." Monica Torres (Yuma, AZ)

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