Carla Danise Walden went home to be with Jesus Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016, surrounded by her family members at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.
Carla is survived by: her mother, Starr Walden; her sister, Cheri LaRiviere; her brother-in-law, Tommy Bencomo; her nephews, Evan Walden, Tommy Bencomo Jr. (Anna), Richard Bencomo; and her four nieces, Rhonda Bencomo, Shannon McCormick, Alaina McCormick and Abby LaRiviere. Carla is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by: all her nieces and nephews as well as her aunts, uncles, many cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by: her father, Curtis Walden; and her sister, Michelle Bencomo.
Carla was born in Morenci on May 3, 1956, and graduated from Morenci High School in 1974. She attended Rockland Institute right after high school and went to work in Phoenix. She soon grew homesick, returned to Morenci and went to work for Phelps Dodge. She worked for Phelps Dodge until her sister Cheri needed her in Denver to take care of her two daughters. It was there that Carla discovered her love for children, teaching and her desire to be a child care provider. She went to work for Children’s World Learning Center in Denver where she received her child care certificates and training. She worked in Denver until her grandfather became very ill and she returned to Safford to take care of her grandfather and grandmother. During this time, she also had a home day care. We never went anywhere in Safford without running into someone she had taken care of.
Carla had a heart of gold and sacrificed so much for others. She collected angels and dolls and her favorite night of the week was watching Monday Night WWE Raw with her great- nephew Ian.
The family would like to say thank you so much to: Wanda Ross, Haven of Safford, Gila Valley Clinic, Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center and Samantha McDaniels for taking such good care of her.
A Celebration of Carla’s Life will be conducted Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Vining Funeral Home’s “Chapel of the Valley,” by Pastor Dustin Willey. There will be a reception immediately following at the First Southern Baptist Church of Thatcher.
Online condolences may be offered at viningfuneralhome.com Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.