Dolores Felix Tafoya
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    1510 E. Flower St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85014

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“My sincere sympathy to Margie, Michael, Michelle Addison and the entire family. You are all in my prayers. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Mary Addison - Dixmont, ME

“I have always remembered that during a hard time in my life, Angelo invited me to join the family for Thanksgiving. I was accepted by Delores as if I...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Diane Williams - Phoenix, AZ

“I don't remember a bad time with you. I do remember lessons learned and and you love for us all. Angelo will always be your angel and I'll always be...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Dustin Hoyos - Las Vegas, NV

“I will always remember the good times and your unconditional love for our family. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Michelle Wattis - Scottsdale, AZ


Dolores Felix Tafoya, 88, a native of Phoenix, AZ passed away on Feb. 10, 2013. Dolores attended Monroe Elementary School, Phoenix Union High School and studied pre-law at Phoenix College. During WWII, Dolores was involved with the USO. She loved to dance and big band era music. Dolores worked for 30+ years for the Federal government, retiring in 1987. Dolores was a member of the First Families of Arizona and the Genealogy Society. As she traced her family ancestry, she uncovered family ties dating back to the 17th century in Spain. She was involved with St. Jerome Catholic Church for over 18 years. In 1999, she fulfilled a life-long dream to further her religious studies, and was certified as a Eucharistic Minister. Dolores loved to travel, having fulfilled another dream, to visit the Holy Land (Israel); and trips with her family and friends around Arizona, Hawaii, cruises to the Bahamas and the Mexican Riviera, and around CA and WY. Dolores was a caring, loving sister and aunt, keeping in touch with the extended family- she was the "pulse" of the family. She was loved and cherished by the neighborhood children, and friends of her own children, who considered her their "second Mom". Everyone was welcomed.

Above all, Dolores' greatest love, devotion and accomplishment, with no sacrifice too big, was in raising her four children. Dolores is survived by son, Angelo Rivers; daughters Margie Addison (Mike), Marianne Ward (Ken), and Rachael Tafoya; 4 grandchildren, Michelle Wattis, Steven Hoyos, Robby Rivers, Dustin Hoyos and 7 great grandchildren. She is preceded by her husband Eloy C. Tafoya, parents Jose and Isabelle Felix, siblings Dora, Lydia and Sonny, and baby daughter Jane.

Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 18th at Heritage from 4-8PM with Rosary at 5:30PM. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 11AM at St. Jerome 10815 N. 35th Ave. Phoenix, AZ, burial will follow at Nat'l Mem'l Cemetery of AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014.