It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Salonica Almonte Vicente known as Sally or Lola Sally, our loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched on February 27, 2023.
She left us when sleeping peacefully after a short bout of illness in Mesa Arizona. She was in her 92nd year.
Born in the Province of Antique in Philippines on December 11, 1930, she witnessed incredible changes to her world, having at her early years having to deal with World War II residing on one of the Japanese compound.
She met and married her loving husband, Abraham Gabriel Vicente, who served 20 years in the United States Navy until he retired in 1974.
She was the beloved mother of Abraham Jr (wife Karen Vicente) of Gilbert Arizona; Rosemarie Amey (husband Maurice Amey) of Mesa, Arizona and Robert Vicente of Summerville, South Carolina. Stepmother to Josie V. Navarro (husband Martin Navarro) of Oxnard California; Michael Vicente (wife Susan Vicente) of Camarillo, California; Junie Vicente of Oxnard California.
Proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren; Travis, Ryan, Jordan Vicente; Jared and Daylan Amey; Kayla Vicente; Martin, Justin and Kevin Navarro; Dominic and Leilani Vicente.
Predeceased by her devoted husband, Abraham Vicente, her parents and many brothers and sisters.
She was known for being the ‘hugger’ and for making the best ‘Lumpia’ and ‘Pansit’ for many church potlucks. Her love for the Lord was shown everyday by her many examples, one of which was her dedicated daily 4:00 pm Bible readings. She was a college professor at Southern Mindanao College in Pagadian City before migrating to USA. A strong Christian woman at heart with the passion of cultivating people’s heart for Jesus. Most of all, she loved her family and instilled strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 16th from 6-9 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ.
The celebration of life services will be held on March 17th at 9 am at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ, 480-696-6883. It will be followed by the graveside service that will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ