Beatrice "Bea" Candelaria was called to be with the Lord and her love, James, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Bea was born on April 26, 1926, in Holbrook, Ariz., to Vincenta and Ramon Gonzales.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Candelaria Sr.; her parents, Ramon and Vincenta Gonzales; baby daughter Candelaria; daughter, Georgiana Candelaria; and her four sisters, Anna, Petrita, Sioda and Lily.
Bea is survived by her sons, James Candelaria Jr., Alan P. Candelaria (Charlotte), and Fermin Candelaria; her daughters, Yolinda Candelaria-Nino, Kathleen Zach (Paul), Pamela Faver (Donnie), and Bernadine Abbott; one nephew, Ben (Julian) Benavidez (Marlene); 24 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her adopted children and grandchildren at The Lingenfelter Center, who cared, cherished, honored and loved her during her final years.
Bea met James, the love of her life, in 1945. They were married on May 24, 1946, in Holbrook, and started their family; three children were born.
Bea and James moved to Albuquerque, N.M. in 1952; they purchased their first home; three children were born. In 1958, they returned to Arizona and moved to Ashfork. In 1959, Bea gave birth to her seventh child, a daughter. A job opportunity led them to move their family to Kingman. In 1960 two more children were born. They planted their roots to raise their children.
Bea worked side by side with her husband, James, at a service station in town while raising their children. Bea cared passionately for their daughter, Georgiana, who suffered many years with an illness.
Bea showed her children how to care for their own children and not to give up when times are tough, and to always keep faith in the Lord.
Bea was fully devoted to her husband and cared for him during his illness with cancer and up to the time of his death. She showed her children what the meaning of marriage is.
Services for celebrating our mother's life will be as follows: Viewing and visitation from 5 to 6 p.m., Rosary from 6 to 6:30, and memorial from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave.
A Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 302 E. Spring St. A reception is planned after the Mass; the location is to be announced.
Interment will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, at a later date.