Obituary of Patricia Ann Duron
Patsy Duron, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, lost her battle with Covid 19 on September 10, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. She was 71 years old.
Born baby Valdez on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1950, she was adopted by Frank and Julia Gonzales and named Patricia Ann Gonzales and raised in Flagstaff, and later Phoenix, Arizona. They never had much money; she only got one new school dress a year, but she always wore a dazzling smile, and learned the value of hard work and perseverance, values she carried with her through her life. From her mother she also learned to cook, and make fry bread, flautas and homemade salsa that are still legendary.
Patsy was a good student. She loved to sing, and lettered in choir at Phoenix Union High School. Although she crossed paths with a handsome boy named Manuel Duron in elementary and middle school, it wasn’t until their Senior year that they went on their first date together to Senior Prom. Unfortunately, it was a double date and her date was the other boy. It was clear to both of them that they belonged together, and after finishing highschool they were married on November 29, 1968 at the age of 18.
Patsy and Manuel had six beautiful children together. She worked all her adult life for the US Air Force in the Payroll Department and then as an Injury Compensation Specialist for the US Border Patrol - a job from which she never retired - but she was a wife and mother first. When asked once what her hobbies were, she only named her family.
She was a consistent church goer. As a child she would walk over a mile to and from church by herself, even when her parents didn’t go. Later Patsy became a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Patsy was sealed to her husband and children for Time and all Eternity on June 12, 1974 in the Los Angeles Temple. She loved the Gospel and served selflessly in The Church in many callings including numerous positions in the Young Women, Relief Society, and Primary organizations, and as ward chorister.
While Patsy has made a powerful impact on this world in so many ways, her most lasting legacy is her family, where she will always remain a true matriarch and inspiration.
Patsy is survived by her beloved husband Manuel, their six children and spouses, Manuel (Michelle), Ramon (Jacquelyn), Samuel (Sunny), Melanie (Mikola), Hyrum (Alicia), and Elizabeth (Timothy), their 23 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, along with countless other family members and friends.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021. A family viewing will be held at 9:00 a.m with the funeral services beginning at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fort Lowell Building at 3750 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, Arizona 85716. Graveside services will immediately follow at the Binghampton Cemetery 4001 North Alvernon Way, Tucson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a Go Fund Me Account set up to help with medical bills for Patsy and her son Sam, who is currently in ICU with Covid 19. https://gofund.me/2ae05fc3To plant a tree in memory of Patricia Duron, please visit Tribute Store