November 14, 1928 ~ March 31, 2017
Aurelia Arias-Diaz was born September 25, 1928 in Sinaloa Mexico to Sostenez Diaz and Sipriana Arias. As a child, she lived with her parents and four siblings, Chon, Miguel, Jose and Elsa on a small ranch in Verdura, Sinaloa.
Aurelia helped her mother with daily farm chores and her father to crop and grow vegetables. With all the hard work and responsibilities as a child growing up on a farm, Aurelia could always find time to plan out a great prank to pull on her brother Chon. She always got the best of him.
Aurelia learned early in life to work hard and earn what you want out of life. Take things lightly and appreciate family and friends with good humor and laughter. Have good family values and Faith in God, the rest will work itself out.
Aurelia grew up well. She married Johnnie Montoya and through marriage became step-mother to Johnnie's four children: Johnny (10), Jenny (9), Norma (7) and Arlene (6). One year later, Aurelia gave birth to Patricia for a family of five.
Aurelia spent her days at home tending to daily household chores. In the 50's ... being a housewife was the most satisfying and popular career for a women. Aurelia proudly held the housewife crown as she worked hard every day to keep her household together.
The Montoya's home always had a wonderful aroma that seeped out the windows and down the street, Mexican home cooked food so delicious that it was not surprising to have neighborhood kids stop over for a great meal... mi casa es su casa! A welcome open door always at the Montoya's home. As dinner disappeared into bellies and dishes cleaned, put away with a kitchen prepped and ready for the next day of cooking. Kitchen lights out and into the bedroom for her favorite Spanish soap operas which is how she spent her evening pass time and we never interrupted.
Aurelia will always be remembered for the person she was; a person of integrity, wisdom and selflessness, a great cook, seamstress, gardener, story teller and jokester. She enjoyed cooking, eating and dancing in the kitchen to her favorite ranchera music - usually, doing all three at the same time! Aurelia's love for music and dance always made her smile. Dance on Aurelia, dance on...
Aurelia loved her kitty cats! On any given day, you could find her secretly feeding strays that lived at the nursery and field across the street. When her husband Johnnie arrived from work to see a stray cat meowing at the door he knew she had been feeding the cat. Johnny did not like cats and knew if there was one, more would come. He was right, soon she had eight. She always denied feeding the cats. Johnnie accepted that Aurelia loved cats!
Aurelia had a special message to her family and it read "Todos somos hermanos y hermanas / we are all brothers and sisters, por favor, que se traten bien / please be good to each other". Los quero mucho / I love you all so much.
Aurelia - daughter, sister, aunt, wife, stepmother, mother, grandmother and friend to all... is and will be greatly missed. She will forever stay in our hearts and in memory.
We Love you back! / Te Amo!