Layton ~ Our mom, Lydia L Sanchez, 90, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Layton, departed this life, at the home of her daughter, peacefully on November 12, 2019 after a long-fought battle with various illness throughout her life, which including her battle with bladder cancer. Mom was born July 7, 1929 (3rd of 9 children) in Delta Colorado to Encarnacion and Hermelinda Lopez.
She grew up and was educated in Delta, Colorado. She married Ramon B. Sanchez on April 1, 1950. Ramon passed away on April 3, 2009 (after 59 years of marriage). She was able to live alone for the past 11 years without dad. They became the proud parents of three children and raised them in the Layton area.
Mom was a very loyal hard-working woman and worked at various jobs in her lifespan and upon retiring, she and dad helped tend grandchildren. Her example of hard work and willingness to work any job has been instilled in all of us today. Mom was generous with time and money; she was kind and caring of her family and loved spending as much time as possible with them. She loved shopping, planting flowers and keeping a beautiful yard, and on occasion gardening fresh vegetables. She made great authentic Mexican food, loved making her own salsa, and roasting her own chili for the aroma and taste.
Mom is survived by her (3) children: Colleen/Joyce (Mike) Bailey; Patricia/Elaine (Rocky) Valcarce; Jim (Tiffany) Sanchez; (8 ) - Grandchildren: Lindsey (Peter) Bedell, Big Sky, Mt.; Morgan (Breanna) Mitchell, South Weber; Aaron (Joscelyn) Fisher, Herriman; Tyler Fisher, Kaysville; Ronni Valcarce, Washington Terrace; Theresa Drake, Roy; Micah Sanchez, Kaysville, Aubrey (Michael) Swenson, Farmington; (5 ) - Great-grandchildren: Tatum and Harper Bedell, Big Sky, Mt., Breklyn Simmons, South Weber; Braxton and Madison Fisher, Herriman. Surviving sisters: Irene (Niels) Thomson, Wa., Alex (Gary) Lindeman (Ne), and Helen (Loren) Lindeman (Ne)
The family will celebrate Lydia as she wished, simply and with joy. A brief memorial service will be held in her honor at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on November 22nd at 6:pm. Cremation under the direction of Aaron’s Mortuary & Crematory.
Mom is now in the memory of our Grand Creator Jehovah God who comforts all is such times of distress, asleep in death but awaiting the time when all in the memorial tombs will hear his voice, come out, and be brought back to a resurrection of life.
She dedicated herself to serve our Almighty God as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on June 23, 1984, and has been an active member of the Layton Congregation for the past 35 years. She always used Jehovah’s name frequently (her trusting reliance upon Jehovah helped sustain her, despite her weakening condition) not only in her conversations with her grandchildren and other family members, but in her formal and informal Christian ministry. Although physically weak during the last months of her life, she still would listen to congregation meetings over the phone, monthly JW broadcasts; and once she got the hang of her new tablet (over a year now), she would frequently look up scriptures and references to Bible-based publications published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Up until last year, she devoted her good days to door-to-door ministry that she enjoyed and loved so much. Mom made many close and personal friends in the congregation through this walk.
She will be missed dearly by all who knew her and who gained encouragement from her strong love and dedication to her Grand Maker, who will soon wipe out all suffering and death, as we approach the imminent establishment and full reality of his Kingdom in which his Son Jesus Christ taught us to pray – Matthew 6: 9, 10 and Rev 21: 3, 4.