Originally published Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 08:25p.m.

Juanita Joyce Galvan was born in San Diego, California, on July 31, 1927. She was the third of five children. She was born to the parents of Robert Edward Dodero of San Jose Del Cabo, Baja, California, and Mackenzie Maslin Marshall of London, England.

Her brothers, Robert Dodero, Bruce Dodero and Richard Dodero have predeceased her. She is survived by her other brother, Donald Dodero, who still lives in San Diego with his wife, Betty. Growing up, Juanita enjoyed playing the slide guitar, ukulele and tennis in high school. Soon after she met and married Gregory D. Galvan, a young, handsome man with natural curly hair, who lived just across the street from her in San Diego in December of 1958. Gregory Galvan was born in Santa Ana, California, in 1926, and passed on to be with the Lord in June of 2014. Together they had five children in the span of six years: Gloria Smith, Carol Tozer, Christine Galvan, Becky Salanoa, and Gregg Galvan. Juanita always desired to be a wife and especially a mother. She truly lived for her children and loved them unconditionally. She always said, “I just wanted to have children.” She always made sure the kids were involved in anything and everything, especially the outdoors. If she wasn’t sewing new outfits for them, she was enjoying a nice, quiet nap on the couch. Juanita and Greg Galvan had 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

In 1982, a Holy Ghost whirlwind swept through the Galvan family. The Galvan children became Born-Again Christians. It entirely changed the lives and direction of the Galvan family. Two of Greg and Juanita’s children became missionaries and in 1990, Greg and Juanita transplanted their lives and moved to Prescott, Arizona. This would enable them to be in touch with their children and their families during furloughs for bible conferences in between Arizona and California extending to the outmost parts of the world. Through the years, they were able to enjoy time with the family as they passed through.

On Jan. 28, 2019. Juanita Joyce Galvan left this Earth. Because of Greg and Juanita’s love for their family and their ultimate surrender to God, we have confidence and hope of seeing them again.

Celebration of Life will be held at The Potter’s House at 5195 AZ-89 Prescott, Arizona, 86301, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Information provided by survivors.