GLENDALE, Ariz.— Madlyn A. Valdez, 81, passed away at the Green House Hospice Facility, on Feb. 8, 2013, joining her husband Toribio (Toby) Valdez (MSG US Army) who preceded her in death in 1997.
Madlyn was a resident of Glendale, Ariz. for the past two years after spending 37 years in Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca.
She was born Nov. 21, 1931 in Capulin to Eduardo and Carlota Torres and was the youngest of four children. She graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1950 and served in the United States Navy from early 1952 – summer 1953. Madlyn and Toby knew each other in high school, but a double date a few years after graduation led to their April 1957 wedding. Madlyn and son Lewis were a small part of history in 1961 when the ship they were taking to the Panama Canal Zone was diverted to Guantanamo Bay Cuba and Havana Cuba to rescue American Citizens during the “Cuban Missile Crisis”. She received a commendation from the U.S. Army for the leadership role she took in dealing with the families. Two more tours in Panama and two more children later, Esteban (Steve) and AnnaMarie, the family moved to Fort Huachuca in 1973. After purchasing a home in Sierra Vista, she spent a few years as a homemaker until going to work at the Sierra Vista Junior High school. She was the school’s only 4’10” security monitor; but that didn’t stop her from keeping the kids safe and following the rules. In the late 1970’s she accepted a position at Fort Huachuca as a clerk-typist until her retirement in 1993 where she was once named Civilian Employee of the Month. She continued to live in Sierra Vista, bowling and playing bingo until deciding to relocate to the Thunderbird Retirement Resort in Glendale, Ariz. in late 2010 to be closer to her daughter.
She is survived by sons Lewis (Mary) of Navarre, Fla.; Steve (Kristen) of Fishers, Ind. and daughter AnnaMarie (Dan) of Phoenix, Ariz. Seven grandchildren: Christopher of Augusta, Ga.; Danielle of Navarre, Fla.; Kaitlyn, Sedona and Bailee of Fishers, Ind.; and Michael and Erich of Phoenix, Ariz. Madlyn was preceded in death by her husband Toby, her parents, brother Herbert and sisters Sylvia and Viola.
Madlyn was a special lady, known for her feistiness and late night reading, crocheting, playing solitaire and watching her favorite basketball team, the UA Wildcats.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Main Post Chapel on Ft. Huachuca with internment immediately following at the Old Post Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at http://madlyn-valdez.virtual-memorials.com/