The Arizona Republic
MOBILE, AL – Cecile Jimenez passed away at Brookdale Sunrise Creek Senior Living Center on July 1, 2018. Although she was unconscious for several hours prior to her death, she opened her eyes and reported that she felt at peace less than a half hour before she passed.
Originally from Mobile Alabama, Cecile was the middle child of 7 in a loving family of modest means. At the age of 17 years, she married Raymond Jimenez, the love of her life. Together, they raised 3 children before he passed away suddenly from a heart attack in 1989. She never remarried.
Cecile adapted easily to the nomadic lifestyle required by her husband’s careers in the Navy and aircraft industry. During their time together, they lived in 7 different states, and two foreign countries, Spain and Saudi Arabia. A charming, outgoing woman, Cecile immediately made life-long friends in each new town, some of whom she knew for as long as 50 years. Cecile was well-loved by almost all who knew her and even had a best friend in Memory Care during the last years of her life.
Cecile loved to travel and collected mementos from each country she visited. She was bright, creative and artistic. She enjoyed cooking, decorating, needle work, sewing, painting and making jewelry. She also loved dancing, reading and watching new and old movies.
Cecile worked for most of her adult life and retired from Century Link in Phoenix, Arizona in 1996. She lived the last years of her life in Virginia, near her son and daughter in-law, and then in Montrose, CO, to be near her daughter.
Cecile is preceded in death by her parents, 3 older siblings, and her husband. She is survived by her 3 children and their spouses, Vi and Steve Conklin of Montrose, CO, Tony and Lilli Jimenez of Great Falls, VA, and Paul Jimenez, of Phoenix., AZ, as well as 5 grandchildren, as well as 11 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law and countless nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Cecile on October 26, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, at 32648 N. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. Friends of Cecile and her family are invited to attend. At her request, Cecile was cremated and will be buried with her husband in the National Memorial Cemetery for Veterans in Phoenix, Arizona following the service.
Special thanks are extended to Hope West Hospice and Sunrise Creek for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope West Hospice at 725 South 4th Street, Montrose, CO 81401.