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1946 Coco 2023

Socorro Gamez Kiefer

June 27, 1946 — June 25, 2023

Socorro “Coco” Gamez Kiefer, beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, and Latter-day Saint, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2023. Her last days were spent surrounded by her loving family. Coco was cheerful, jovial, loving, and full of faith.

She was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico on June 27th, 1946, to Arnulfo Gamez Acevedo Bernal and Maria Castillo Jimenez. She was the third of eleven children, with Daniel, Sara, Mely, Caty, Lupe, Fito, Julian, Nacho, Malena, and Leticia.

Coco had wonderful memories of her childhood. At her grandma’s house, there were trees which included Mango, Papaya, Guava, Lime, Puanes, Tamarindo, Almonds, and Zapotes. Her older sister Sara and brother Daniel would often climb the trees and eat mangoes while sitting on the branches. But Coco was afraid of heights so she would stand at the bottom of the tree looking up at them, asking them to send down fruit to her, which they happily did.

Coco raised six wonderful children, Marisol, Peggy, Nancy, Jack, Betty, and Chris, who love and revere their mom for all that she did for them.

Although she only completed a 6th grade education, Coco had a love of learning and she always exemplified a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit. In her earlier years, she owned a bed and breakfast, worked as a bilingual secretary for the Mexican American government, and later she owned several businesses in Utah, including a Wedding Boutique in Ogden, a Mexican restaurant “Mexicombo Express” in Orem, Cornerstone Bakery in the Provo mall, and Utah Alterations in Pleasant Grove. She also participated in several cosmetology competitions, with her daughters Marisol and Peggy as her models, winning awards including 1st place.

Faith and family were everything to Coco. In 1989, Coco was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her faith in God and Jesus Christ was central in her life and central to who she was. She always said it was her love for God that gave her the strength to forgive those who hurt her and change for the better when she needed to change. It was her faith and trust in God that helped her overcome obstacles, and not allow life’s hardships to make her bitter, discouraged, or lead her into vices. She was sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple on November 5, 2022.

Coco loved spending time with each of her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with them at the park, the movies, the swimming pool, the splash pad, at their businesses, their birthday celebrations, graduations, concerts, performances, at their house barbeques, and more! She enjoyed going out to eat with family members or with the whole family to their favorite restaurants! 
 
Her family treasured the moments they would have with her one on one, just sitting and talking about their interests and about life, and receiving love and wisdom from her.
 
Coco loved to sew! She made dresses, shirts, blankets, pillowcases, pants, dog clothing and accessories, hats, scarves, and more for her family. She made incredible Halloween costumes and even dresses for her granddaughters’ dolls. For her business, she made stunning Quinceañera, wedding, baby blessing, and christening dresses. She learned to sew from her mom as a young child.
 
Coco loved to draw and paint! She taught herself to paint by watching Bob Ross. Over the years, her drawings, sketches, and paintings became even better and better! She left various paintings for her family to remember her by, including some of Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, portraits of her children, flowers, animals, and characters.
 
Coco is survived by one brother, Nacho, and three sisters, Sara, Malena, and Lety. She is also survived by her six children and their spouses, Marisol and Tim, Peggy, Nancy and Mike, Jack and Carla, Betty and John, and Chris and Katie. In addition, she is survived by her 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, Kyle and Elle, Austin, Bryson, McKaily, Charles, Bronson, Isabella, Joseph, Jared and Jessica, Liam, Ari, Ezra, Jordan, Jack Jr, Angie, Summer, Nathan, Kyle, Ashley, Oliver, Penelope, Lucy, and Lincoln; plus, so many beloved extended family members, and countless friends!
 
We are forever thankful to the physicians, specialists, and nurses at Revere Health and CNS Home Health & Hospice.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 11 a.m., with a viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the same location:
 
Emigration Trail Ward Building
2500 S Bluff Rd
Syracuse, UT 84075
 
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page.  The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.
 
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Saturday, July 8, 2023

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2500 S Bluff Rd, Syracuse, 84075

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2500 S Bluff Rd, Syrcuse, 84075

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