Magali Salazar

Passed away on
January 8, 2023

On January 8th, 2023, Magali Salazar, or "Maggie," age 95 of Phoenix, AZ., passed away peacefully with the love of family surrounding her in prayer and holding hands while listening to her favorite Venezuelan music.  "I love you all and please take care were her last words."

Magali is predeceased by her parents Felipa and Hilario Salazar, her siblings, Ofelia, Ana Teresa, Jose Miguel, and her eldest son Francisco Antonio Valdez (Pancho).

She is survived by her sister Maristela of Margarita Island, Venezuela.  She will be lovingly remembered by her children Carla Bucholz (Lucas), Joseph W. Grant (Annette), and Lottie West (James) and by her grandchildren, Franda, Francisco, Felicia, Magalita, Adrian, Kared, Luis Edgardo, Magaly, Gregory, Joshua, Michelle, Kristina, and Joseph G., great-grandchildren, numerous family members, and friends, many of whom considered her a mother figure.

Magali grew up as a city girl in Caracas, Venezuela, and worked as a secretary for Creole Petroleum corporation.  She married and, along with her spouse, purchased a cattle ranch close to the Orinoco River.  Through great sacrifice, sheer tenacity, and grit, Magali stayed with the ranch and maintained it until the last cow was sold off.  Thirty-eight years of cattle ranching had come to an end but her fighting spirit was no less for wear.  Once retired, she took up painting and was very active in the Arts community, winning many awards and commendations.  Years later she would make Phoenix her home to be closer to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Her secret to longevity was her passion for learning.  Avid painter, but also loved crafting and exercising daily at the Devonshire Senior Center, which gained her a certificate from President Obama for her achievement.  She made numerous friends everywhere she went and will be sorely missed by all.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends.