Josefa Figueroa Villa


Buckeye resident Josefa "Josie" Figueroa Villa, passed away on December 29, 2018 at her home in Buckeye. Josie was born on September 20, 1935 in D'Hanis, Texas, to Dorateo and Victoria Figueroa. She was the fifth of six children, she is preceded in death by her siblings Albino Figueroa, Estaquio Figueroa, Chris Figueroa, Mary Martinez, Adelina Encinas and her parents. Her family moved to Arlington, Arizona in 1940. They later moved to Buckeye, where the family all worked to run Figueroa's Café that was located at the end of MC 85 aka Highway 80.

In 1956, she married Buckeye resident, Steve Villa. They had two children Ernie Villa (1957) and Margareta "Margie" Villa 1961, (who also preceded her in death).

Josie was a hard worker, she worked for Buckeye Elementary School
District, in the cafeteria. Where she eventually retired. She loved working for the school where she made lifelong friends.

She is survived by her son Ernie Villa and his wife Cindy Villa; granddaughters, Sonia Meza, Sylvia Meza, Victoria Meza, and Tanya Meza; great grandchildren Salvador Marquez, Angelina Perez, Alyssa Salcido, and Ezekiel Martin.
Also by many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great great-nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends will gather at St. Henry's Church (24750 W. Lower
Buckeye Rd., Buckeye, AZ 85326 on January 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. for the viewing and mass. Interment will follow in Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery
23001 W. Broadway Rd. Buckeye, AZ 85326.
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