Helen O. Alvarado, age 87, lifelong resident of Globe, Ariz., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. She was born Jan. 29, 1926, in Winkelman, Ariz., and raised on the Ortega Ranch.
She worked at Gila General Hospital, Heritage Health Care Center as a CNA for numerous years, and also did home healthcare. Helen was family-orientated and enjoyed being around her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed gardening, working on puzzles, and cooking for everyone who visited. She had a kind, generous, and fun-loving spirit that brought joy to family and friends. Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and will be greatly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Crispin Alvarado; parents, Jose (Dutch) and Agripinia Ortega; three sisters, Lena Ortega, Mercy Johnson, and Pauline Miller; and four brothers, Ted Ortega, Joe Ortega, Ray Ortega and Freddy Ortega.
Helen leaves behind in loving memory her son, Albert Alvarado of Globe, Ariz.; daughter, Gloria Aguirre (John Hawkins) of Globe; granddaughter, Stephanie Irish of Globe; grandson, Aaron Alvarado of Albuquerque, N.M.; great-grandson Jakob Irish and great-granddaughter Samantha Irish of Globe; eight sisters, Augustine Alvarado, Rose Lavin, Theresa Casillas, Alice Ortega, Stella Ortega, Linda Boker of Globe; Lucy Weist of Sparks, Nev.; Sarah Hackler of Clovis, N.M.; and three brothers, Pete Ortega, Dutch Ortega and John Ortega of Globe, Ariz.
Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, Globe, Ariz.
Rosary was held on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, Globe, Ariz.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Aug. 16 at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, Globe, Ariz.
Interment at Globe Cemetery, Globe, Ariz. A reception followed burial at Holy Angels Church Hall, Globe, Ariz.
Funeral arrangements for Helen Alvarado were entrusted to Miles Funeral Services Globe, 237 S. Sutherland St., Globe, AZ 85501.