November 19, 1934 – February 6, 2020
Amelia Arzate passed to eternal life quietly and peacefully in her home on February 6, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Amelia was born to Manuel and Clotilde Garcia in Douglas, AZ on November 19, 1934. She attended Loretto and Douglas Public Schools graduating from Douglas High School in 1953. Amelia was very active in a number of clubs including class secretary, National Honor Society and was selected to attend Girls State.
In 1955, she married her high school sweetheart, David A. Arzate. This wonderful marriage of 65 years produced five children, David, Richard, Michael, Monica and Diane. Amelia worked for Phelps Dodge Corp. in the medical field. In 1961, David decided to pursue his ultimate career path as an officer in the United States Army. Amelia welcomed and embraced this move and became the ultimate “Army Wife”. Amelia was always active in various social organizations such as Officers Wives Club, PTA’s, Youth Sports and ultimately being there for her family often times serving a dual parenting role when David’s deployments required their separation. Amelia’s leadership and extraordinary efforts were recognized by being named the Sixth Army’s Women of the Year.
Upon David’s retirement from military service they returned to their hometown of Douglas where they purchased and operated the Dawg House Drive-in for six years. It was during this time that Amelia also began a 35-year career as a Realtor/Office Manager for Century 21/Abbott Realty. Amelia had a very successful real estate career and was the recipient on multiple occasions of the Plateau Club award for excellent service and sales. She was also instrumental in starting the Annual Christmas Home Decorating Contest. She served with the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, President of the Douglas Board of Realtors, President of the Douglas Chapter of the Arizona Business Women’s Association, and City of Douglas Personnel Board. She was a loyal supporter of the local DARC. Amelia was a devout Roman Catholic and attended morning mass daily for years until her health no longer permitted.
Amelia took great pride in returning to Douglas and watching her children finish school and embark on their individual paths. She was so excited to be a grandmother and was involved in her grandchildren’s many activities. Amelia and David could always be seen at school functions, dance recitals, little league games, soccer and tennis matches and of course beaming with pride at high school and college graduations.
Amelia loved family gatherings and birthdays. She cherished being able to cook her family’s favorite dish on their special day. Thanksgiving was her special day and she made sure we knew how blessed we were. Amelia was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Clotilde Garcia, her sisters Susie Cabarga and Amparo Ross, and her brothers Frank and Emilio Garcia. Amelia is survived by her loving husband David, and her children David Arzate Jr, Richard Arzate, Michael Arzate, Monica (Mario) Romero, and Diane (David) Campas. Grandchildren Rheeannon Fontes Arzate, Alexis and Erika Romero, DJ and Diego Campas, and Michael Jr. and Annika Arzate. Great grandchildren Andrea, Jayleen, Kylie, and Milani. She is also survived by Josephine Roqueni and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Heidi Lodge, Copper Queen staff, Copper Valley Home Health staff, Casa De La Paz, Carmen Lucero, and Maria Jesus Portugal for the love and support extended to her and her entire family. Special thanks also to her dear friends Ann Shukis and Rosie Rojas for their daily telephone calls.
A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at St Luke’s Catholic Church. The Mass of the Resurrection to be celebrated on Thursday, February 13 at 11 a.m. also at St Luke’s Catholic Church. Final Internment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers are David Arzate Jr., Richard Arzate, Michael Arzate, DJ Campas, Michael Arzate Jr., and Diego Campas. Honorary Pallbearers are David Campas, Mario Romero, Raymond Bracamonte, Jesse Grijalva, Louie Roqueni, Craig Abbott, Ben LaForge and Ray Borane.
A celebration of Amelia’s life will be held following Thursday’s services at St. Luke’s Parish Hall. Memories and condolence can be shared at www.BrownPageMortuary.com
Brown Page Mortuary is in charge of arrangements, 364-3434.