Josefina Ybarra Casillas, 94, of Miami, Ariz. passed away on Sept. 6, 2013 in her home with her two cats on her bed.
Her parents were Jose Ybarra and Salome Prieto. When her father passed away her great-grandmother, who had settled in Miami, sent for the family of five girls to be with her. When this occurred, Josefina was 1 year old.
One of her proudest days was when she became a United States citizen and she was always the first in line to vote and was able to vote for 10 Presidents. She attended Miami Schools until her grandmother believed she was proficient in the English language and then pulled out to be her interpreter and work to help support the family.
When WWII broke out, she got a job at the mine in the crusher plant and worked there for 11 years, saying women could do anything a man could do and then clean up after. She then worked as a housekeeper for many households in the Miami area until she began working for the Becerrils as their caretakers. After their passing, Angel Becerril gave her a job working in the produce section in his store, where she stayed until the store closed.
She then continued working as a housekeeper until she retired. During this time she helped raise her granddaughter, Monica. Josephina had a green thumb and spent the last part of her life tending her beautiful garden. She also enjoyed watching NASCAR with her son-in-law, Scott, and was able to go to a race at Phoenix International at age 85, where security had to tell her more than once to get away from the fence.
She was very devoted to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Miami. She served in St. Vincent de Paul, the Apostolado, Spanish and English Choir, fiesta committee and cleaning of the church.
She survived by her two daughters, Ramona Casillas Cameron (Scott) and Connie Ybarra Chambers; and two grandchildren, Monica Casillas Gomez and Arthur Ybarra Rubio. She also has many nieces and nephews in the local area and in California and Mexico.
Services are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament 844 W. Sullivan Street Miami, Ariz. 85539-1114. Phone: 928-473-3568
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. with, Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.
Interment at Mt. Breeze Cemetery in Miami.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Miami.
Visit the online website at www.milesfuneralservices.com.