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Date of Birth: November 15, 1943

Date of Death: May 07, 2022

Barbara Jane Rodriguez went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2022. She was born on November 15,1943 in Los Angeles, California. Daughter of parents Margarito “Joe” and Bessie Medina. Beloved sister of Beatrice “Bea” Salaiz and William “Paul” Medina. She is survived by her loving husband Nicholas Rodriguez and her four children, Gloria, Kathy, Dolores, and Manuel “Jesse.” She is also survived by her 7 grandsons and 8 great grandchildren. A ‘strong’ family value system is what she always lived by. She loved family gatherings and loved to cook. She would often make each family member their favorite meal such as pozole, tamales, and enchiladas to name a few. She also liked to bake and at Christmas time and make mountains of cookies for her family, neighbors, and friends. Anyone who knows Barbara adored her cooking, she took pride in her cooking and taught her children and several of her grandsons to cook. Her family was her focus and instilled lasting memories to all she encountered. Not only did Barbara love her family, but she also adored her many animals from dogs, cats, and birds. She also loved dancing and music from Ray Charles to Vicente Fernandez. She loved “Oldies” and just about any kind of music. She would often sing and dance in the kitchen while making breakfast on Saturday mornings. In addition to being a fabulous cook, she was a free spirit and in her younger days was full of spontaneity and surprise. She often would have unscheduled outings with her children such as Knott’s Berry Farm, or a fishing trip on the rocks along the beaches of Long Beach, California. Sometimes she would even take a short trip to Tijuana or Rosarito Beach, Mexico. In her younger years she grew up in the church where she would sing in the gospel choir. She had a beautiful strong voice and loved to sing. She grew up in East LA which is what probably made her tough and strong. Because of her upbringing she could handle most anything. As a result, she instilled in her family that no matter what, “if there is a will, there is a way!” She never gave up on what she wanted and would fight tooth and nail all the way to the end. Barbara was one who spoke her mind regardless of what other people would think. At times she would speak in anger, come across as harsh, or hot headed, but underneath it all she was full of compassion, kindness, love, and equality. She loved big and no matter what differences family members had among them, she instilled forgiveness and unity in all. She has forever touched the lives of her children, family, and friends. She will forever be missed until we see her again where she is resting in the arms of Jesus

Service Information

Services will be held on Sunday May 15, 2022 at Best Funeral Services located at 501 E Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, AZ. from 2-4PM.