Anesia Noriega Obituary (2023) – Yuma, AZ

Anesia Mae Noriega

September 13, 1977 – January 6, 2023

Anesia Mae Noriega, 45, was born on September 13, 1977 in Yuma, Arizona. On January 6, 2023 she was called home by our Lord.

To My Beloved Wife and our Beautiful Mother

anesia; Mom, Gramma, had a kind and giving soul. One that lit up the room with her presence. She often had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She was a selfless and caring person; always willing to help and be there for those in need, no matter the time or place. Anesia had an infectious attitude and a contagious laugh; a strong minded woman with a great personality.

Our mom was a jokester and usually the center of attention at family gatherings. She enjoyed being at home, spending time with family watching TV and movies. If you were fortunate enough to be walking into the house, chances are she had a horror movie or old mobster movies playing, unless the Packers were playing. Her favorite sport teams included the Greenbay Packers, LA Lakers, LA Kings, and the Chicago White Sox; but she secretly rooted for the San Francisco 49ers. Mom loved fast cars and photography.

Mom and dad loved to laugh and crack jokes with each other, often just enjoying each others presence. They loved to go out and dance, usually to Old House Music. She loved to travel, often to the beach or somewhere with snow. Mom had a knack for creating and sewing her Native dresses for herself and her daughter Talia. They danced and competed in many Pow-Wows. Anesia loved a good cookout and bonfire, because having her family with her was the norm. Her favorite holiday was Halloween, she loved to dress up and compete in costume contests. Mom (recently known as Gramma), loved spending time with her grand babies. She was so proud of all her kids and more often than not mentioned them in conversations; just speaking of all their accomplishments.

Anesia spent over 20 years working for the both of the Quechan Casinos. She was a hard worker and loved her career. Her co-workers and regulars (patrons) cared for her and always joked with her because she brightened up their days.

Anesia thank you for all your love, kindness, and time with us. We will always love you and will be forever missed until we see you again.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Rebecca Kelly; her maternal grandfather, Johnny Townsend and maternal grandmother, Lavina Kelly. Paternal grandfather, Bearnhardt Negro and paternal grandmother, Virginia Maria. Uncles, Harry Maria, Addison Miguel Jr., Byron Miguel. Aunt, Coleen Miguel. Cousins, Thomas Ironcloud, Vincenzo Villicana, and William Villicana.

She is survived by her husband, Oscar Noriega Jr., Oscar III (Julie), Matthew, Talia, Brian and Lawrence Noriega. Grandchildren, Christian and Nina Noriega, Dhamar (Mr. Bear) and Luna (Wuna) Noriega. Brother-in-law, Alfonso Noriega (Cori); Sister-in-laws, Griselda Muniz (Armando), Diana Martin (Paul). Father, Larry Vicenti; sisters, Vanessa Ortega (Ruben), Lynette Vicenti; brother, Stephen Vicenti (Kristie). Nephews, Troy Ortega (Delsie), Benecio Vicenti; Nieces, Lavina Ortega (Miguel), Zoangou Moore (Kiegen), Iliana Vicenti. Grandmother, Mary Cavazone; aunts, Caroljean Miguel, Dorinda Ironcloud (Alfred), Deborah Villicana (Juan), Esther Ramirez, Laura Chavarria.

Services will be at Yuma Mortuary on Thursday, January 12, 2023 with family viewing from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Public viewing from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Following Services will be Traditional Tribal Rites held at Quechan Big House beginning at 5:00 with cremation at 5:00am.

Pallbearers: Oscar Noriega Jr., Oscar Noriega III, Matthew Noriega, Alfonso Noriega, Lawrence and Brian Noriega, Marco Barley, John Villicana, Stephen Vicenti, Troy Ortega, Mars Kelly, Wayne Chaipos.

Honorary Pallbearers: Larry Vicenti, Benicio Vicenti, Woodrow Brown, Emilio Escalanti, Bryce Kelly, Paul Martin, Noah Martin, Ethan Martin, Christian Noriega, Matthew Kelly, Joanes Bobtail Bear, Jason Coyote, Marvin Sharkey III, Manual Velarde and Jordan Joaquin.

The family would like to thank the Quechan Nation and Jicarilla Apache Nation for all their assistance during this hard time.

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Published by Yuma Sun on Jan. 12, 2023.

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