Obituary for Gloria Tellez

Gloria Castro Tellez, of Solomon, quietly passed away in the late afternoon on Friday, March 12, 2021, with her loving husband, Efren, son, Robert, and grandchild, Kingsten, by her side. She was born on June 4, 1945, in Safford to Simon Q. Castro and Macedonia Orante Castro, with siblings, Paul, Ignacio “Nacho”, Pete, Louisa, Lydia, Gregory “LoLo”, Virginia “Chynia”, twins Ysidro “Chilo” and Jose “Che”, Mary, Celia “Sally”, and Simon “Bitty” Castro.

On Feb. 18, 1966, Gloria married her true love, Efren Rios Tellez, in Solomon, and they were blessed with four boys; Efren Jr., Richard, Nicholas, and Robert. Gloria was a bus driver and teacher’s aide who truly loved her “kids” and they loved her as well.

Gloria Castro Tellez

She was an excellent cook and enjoyed her time at home with her boys. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting as a hobby. She was fun-loving with a coy sense of humor.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Macedonia Castro; her brother, Ignacio “Nacho” Castro, and her son, Efren Tellez, Jr.

She is survived by her loving husband, Efren Sr.; her sons, Richard Tellez, Nicholas (Arbon) Nordgran-Tellez, and Robert Tellez. She is also survived by her siblings, Paul Castro, Pete Castro, Louisa Ochoa, Lydia Gonzales, Gregory “LoLo” Castro, Virginia “Chynia” Castro, twins Ysidro “Chilo” and Jose “Che” Castro, Celia “Sally” Aranda, and Simon “Bitty” Castro, and her grandchildren, Efren III, Haven, Riley, Maxwell, Abigail, Benjamin, and Sophia Tellez, and Kingsten Joice-Tellez, and her great-grandchildren, Asher James Tellez, and Crue Wiley Tellez.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at