Olive Chacon Garma, 95, of Winslow, Arizona has gone on to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 28,2017. Olive was born July 12, 1922 in Winslow. She was the daughter of Thomas and Telesfora Roberts.
She is survived by her sons - Tom (Linda) Chacon, Dan (Carolyn) Chacon, and Joe (Katheryn) Chacon, 10 grandchildren - Angelique Chacon, Tina (Mitch) Astraus, Tom Chacon Jr., Jason (Shannon) Chacon, Lisa (Chris) Bolterman, Cullen (Carrie) Chacon, Jared Chacon, Joseph Jr. (Nickie) Chacon, Diane Chacon, Michael (Elana) Chacon –
20 great grandchildren - Alexandria Padilla, Gregory Padilla, Billy Tom Baumgartner, Carlie Astraus, Steven Astraus, Morgan Chacon, Madeline Chacon, Marcus Chacon, Sophia Chacon, Abigail Chacon, Justin Chacon, Alyssa Mattocks, Darien Chacon, Madison Chacon, Arabella Chacon, Kayla Chacon, Marisa Chacon, Tegan Chacon , Mishayla Chacon, Christopher Joseph (CJ) Chacon, and 3 great-great grandchildren Easton Joseph (EJ), Wrynn Chacon, and Lamar Joseph Garrett.
Olive affectionately known as "Loy" lived in Winslow all her entire life. The daughter of a pioneering family, whose roots in Arizona date back 200 years. She retained that hard working ethic and pioneering spirit all her life. It was that spirit that helped her survive and thrive during the depression and World War II. She was raising 3 sons, ages 10 months, 2 and 3 years old, while her husband, Herman, was serving his country in the South Pacific. Those days were difficult, living in an adobe house whose only heat was a wood stove. She used to push the wheelbarrow to the local saw mill, daily, to get scrap wood for the stove and for cooking. Her income was limited to Herman's monthly allotment from the Army. She lived a life of hardship and never complained. She taught her boys how to survive and stick together. She was content taking care of her family. One of her greatest joys in life was to see all three of her sons become successful with their careers and families. This is a testament to her high expectations and perseverance. As the matriarch of the family, she was the glue that held it together.
She was a loyal and supportive wife who was always involved with Herman's civic work in the promotion of community activities that produced better living conditions for all. She was a devoted daughter, as well, who cared for her aging mother until she died in 1988 . These were difficult and trying days of responsibility. That same character trait was passed on and was demonstrated by Joe and Katheryn who were her primary care givers for years. That care increased as Olive's quality of life decreased.
Olive was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Roberts (1941), Telesfora (Leslie) Duran Roberts Barela (1988) her husband and love of her life Herman Chacon (1919-1972), her second husband Peter Garma (1999), grand-daughter Diane Chacon (1969-2002) as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is truly the last of the pioneering family of yesteryear.
She will be remembered for her loving, caring spirit, her strength and devotion to her family. She is now at rest, at last, with the Lord whom she loves dearly.
Holy Rosary will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at 9:30 am with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Made De Dios Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Desert View Cemetery
Condolences can be sent to www.greersmortuary.com