Victoria de la Torre Paun

Victoria de la Torre Paun passed away without warning at home on August 13, 2019.

Born in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico on September 29, 1943 to Juan and Celia de la Torre, she attended Douglas schools starting at the age of 12, graduating from Loretto School and then Douglas High School in 1962.

Victoria worked as a legal assistant and paralegal for many years, then as an assistant at the Douglas Police Department and Cochise County offices. For over 30 years, she also helped her husband run the local Allstate Insurance office.

She married Stephen Paun in 1964 and they had celebrated 49 loving years together before his passing in 2013. Although she had ovarian cancer and was cancer-free for the last six years, she battled Parkinson’s Disease for over 17 years.

Victoria is survived by her three sons, Stephen, David and Richard, daughters-in-law Clarissa (David), Martha (Richard), and four amazing grandchildren (Jake and Lauren, Luke and Caleb). She was the oldest of nine brothers and sisters, Victor (deceased), Carlos (Vilma), Graciela, Ana Celia, Juan (Patricia), Javier, Gustavo (Alejandra) and Maria Elsa and had numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces. She was very close to her husband’s sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Bob Forte, and their daughter, Diana.

Victoria was active throughout her life at local churches, especially with her involvement in Marriage Encounter where she established lifelong friendships with couples and families from around the world. Dedication to friends and colleagues led her to participate in various civic and social organizations on both sides of the border. Her professional skills and personality allowed her to be an invaluable asset to countless people.

She had a wide range of interests with a special love of the outdoors that she shared with her family. The arts, movies, music and cultural events were especially dear to her. However, nothing was more dear to her than the love she had for her family and friends.

A memorial mass was held on August 17, 2019 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Rev. Arnoldo Noriega officiated with assistance from Deacon Raul Cantua. Burial of ashes was held at Calvary Cemetery and a reception followed at the Douglas Visitors Center. Memories and condolences can be shared or on Facebook at Victoria Paun.

Victoria’s family extends their deepest gratitude for the amazing outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. She was so much to so many and will be missed by all.

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