Dora Madrid (née Chavez), a true Arizona pioneer at age 99 and longtime resident of Prescott, passed away on February 7, 2022. Dora was born November 19, 1922 in Flagstaff to Ambrosio and Apolonia Chavez .
The Chavez family was well known to Hispanic settlers in Sedona where they had a cattle and vegetable farm. Oak Creek ran through the Chavez Ranch where Dora developed her lifelong passion for swimming and walking.
She loved her family home on Chavez Ranch Road. Dora proudly served her country aboard B52 during World War II. As a cosmetologist in Flagstaff, she met her husband Joseph L.
Madrid who took her to Los Angeles. Joe and Dora lovingly adopted their two children David and Deborah. His children fondly cherish his boundless love and endless encouragement.
Dora was a born health aide and earned her CNA certificate. In 1993 they moved to Prescott finally fulfilling his dream of residing in his pioneer state.
As long as she could, Dora freely and proudly consulted the Sedona Heritage Museum as a living encyclopedia of Sedona history. And she felt the duty to prepare many meals for the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Prescott.
Dora was predeceased by her brother Ambrose 1978 and her husband Joe 2000. She is proudly survived by her son David of Indianantic, Florida, her daughter Deborah of Prescott, her daughter-in-law Jo Ann of Indianantic, Florida ; and his grandsons Daniel of Nampa, Idaho, and David of O’Fallon, Illinois.
Dora will be buried in the Chavez family plot at the Sedona Community Cemetery in the spring of 2022. Information provided by the family.