Adelina Regina Razo-Gomez was born on Wednesday, September 22, 1926 in Humboldt, Arizona, the sixth and youngest child to Jose and Vicenta Negrete. Adelina, aka Lina, was raised in Clemenceau, Arizona. During Lina’s teenage years, she worked at the Piggly Wiggly on Main Street in Cottonwood. At the age of 16, in 1942, Lina met Serafin Lopez Razo. Their first date took place at the Clarkdale movie theater.
Adelina and Serafin began a family in 1943 with the birth of their first son Nicanor. Sadly Nicanor passed away shortly after. In 1945, Serafin and Lina’s baby boom began with the subsequent births of five daughters and two sons. The Razo family lived humbly in a two-bedroom home on 9th Street (renamed now as 8th Street). Lina was a masterful cook and creative homemaker on the meager wages earned by Serafin at the Verde Valley lumber company. She provided a home rich in love and laughter where the foundation was love of Christ, La Virgen de Guadalupe, and family.
In 1973, Lina was widowed at the age of 46 when Serafin passed away at the age of 58. In 1976, Lina met and married David Gomez with whom she shared her life until 1994. Lina worked for LULAC during the late 70s in Clifton, AZ where she prepared meals for the elderly.
In 1995, Lina returned to her hometown of Cottonwood where she looked forward to spending time with her children, twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-nine great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren…. to date. She crocheted blankets for the arrival of all her grandchildren as long as her hands permitted. Furthermore, she was a masterful gardener whose homes were always adorned by rose bushes. Lina’s home was filled with the sounds of her birds, the pitter patter of paws from her fur baby, and the scent of delicious Mexican food. Lina’s legendary birthday celebrations were always a beautiful gathering of family, food, rose filled decor, and sounds of mariachis.
On Friday, November 16, 2018, our beloved Lina was welcomed into Heaven. She leaves behind a family of many who loved her immensely and we look forward to seeing her again.
Lina is preceded in death by her siblings Enedina, Louie, Floyd, Candelaria, Victoria; and her husband Serafin Razo and David Gomez. Lina leaves behind her seven children: Priscilla Ballesteros (Hubert), Ramona Contreras (Alex), Anita Chavez (Clemente), Romie Ballesteros (Manuel), Serafin Razo Jr. (Kathy), Jose Razo (Laurie), and Adela Martinez (David).
Rosary and Viewing at Westcott Funeral Home, Friday, November 23, 5pm to 7 pm
Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, Saturday, November 24 at 11:00 am
Interment at the Valley View Cemetery, November 24 at 12:00 pm
Reception to follow at the VFW, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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