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Amalia AyalaOctober 31, 1936 ~ May 2, 2017 (age 80)
On May 2, 2017 Amalia Ayala passed away peacefully at her home after a brave battle with cancer and surrounded by her family and friends. Amalia was born in Guatemala on October 31, 1936 to Bruno Emilio Rodriguez Garcia and Josefa Cupertina Porras Lara de Rodriguez. She was the youngest of five children and spent much of her childhood going to dances and taking care of kids. After graduating from high school, she studied pediatrics and worked at a children’s rehabilitation hospital. At the age of 21, she came to America and worked as a nanny for two families in San Francisco, California. Amalia cherished the day she officially became a citizen of the United States. She married and had two sons Charles and David. She later divorced.
In 1967, Amalia moved to Tooele, Utah to help with a newly forming Christian church she attended and has resided here since. In those early years, she worked several jobs including housekeeping, providing care to the elderly, and assisting disabled children at Edgemont School. The school merged with the Tooele County School District and this provided her with a long, fulfilling career as an aid to disabled students. Amalia touched the lives of many children for 27 years. She retired in 2004. In her own confident and independent style, she took a 27day cruise to Antarctica to celebrate her retirement. This was the start of many worldly travels she would take during her retirement years.
Amalia was very patriotic and one of her favorite experiences was attending the Boston Pops 4th of July concert. She was active in her community volunteering for the elderly, church functions, community events, and recently for the Tooele County Division of Aging. She loved golfing, basketball, sewing, making salsa for her grandchildren, and traveling to Guatemala to stay connected with her family.
Amalia was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Alfredo, Carlos, and Mario; and her son Charles who died at age 13 leaving a void in her heart. She is survived by her son David E. Ayala (Pam), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Marina Cartanara Rodriguez, sister-in-law Estela, and several cousins, nieces, nephews, residing in Guatemala.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 6th at 11:00. She will be buried at the Tooele City Cemetery.