A rosary will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Annunciation Catholic Church in Arcadia, Calif., and a funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at 10 a.m., also at Annunciation Catholic Church, for Sophia B. Ayala, who passed away Oct. 23, 2012, with her loved ones by her side. Fr. Eugene will perform the services, accompanied by guitar ist Juan Carlos.
Sophia was born to Bony and Luz Bartlett in White Oaks, on May 5, 1916. She is survived by her daughter Rita Valdez (George); her two sons, Dan (Donna) and Paul David (Maria); and her brother Joe Duran (Dolores). Sophia’s adored 14 grandchildren are Louis (Mary), Richard, George (Renee) Romero, Brian (Michelle), Steve (Murphy), Randy, Daniel (Nancy), David Ayala, Christy (Rick) Powell, Karen (David) Trogan, Sophia (Eric), Marcos, Daniel Carlos and Vivian Ayala. Sophia also had 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Sophia’s early years in White Oaks were happy years. Her parents, brother Bony and beloved sister Isabel and she traveled to Arizona before settling in Roswell.
Sophia met George L. Ayala in 1934 and married Oct. 9, 1936. They resided in Roswell and raised four children.
In May 1970, Sophia and George moved to California. Being avid sports fans, they enjoyed many activities, especially college basketball coached by their son Dan. They attended many games and got involved with the teams as well. They made frequent visits to New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.
Sophia will be remembered as a devoted wife and loving mother. She was a true friend and confidant to all who had the good fortune to know her.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years George L. Ayala; her beloved daughter Maria Elena and Bernardo Hostettler; her parents; her grandmother Josephine C. Bartlett; her brother Bony Bartlett; her sister Isabel B. Duran; favorite cousins, Minnie B. Anaya, Bill Bartlett and Savina Torres; and many more who were all close and dear to her heart.