March 25, 1924 — April 14, 2016
Mrs. Concepcion Saldaña (Sandoval) of Cedar City, Utah died from health-related complications on Thursday morning, April 14, 2016, at the Dixie Regional Hospital in St. George, Utah at the age of 92.
Concepcion Sandoval was born on March 25, 1924, in Colima, Mexico to Francisco Sandoval and Maria Falfan. She married Ignacio Saldaña in 1950. Over 15 years, the couple welcomed 7 children into their home and Concepcion set about teaching them the value of hard work, faith, compassion, and kindness to others. Concepcion and Ignacio experienced sorrow at the loss of their two young sons, Felipe and Nachito in addition to miscarrying a daughter. Realizing that there were greater opportunities they could pursue by leaving Mexico, Concepcion and Ignacio immigrated to the United States (Provo, Utah) on July 4, 1979, with their 5 remaining children. Concepcion became a U.S. citizen in 1998 and appreciated every opportunity she had of living in this great country.
Concepcion was a devoted mother and grandmother who encouraged her children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams and showed by her example that they could achieve anything they put their mind and focus on. She, her husband, and three daughters and their families have lived in New Harmony and later Cedar City since the year 2000.
Concepcion will be remembered for being generous, optimistic, kind, and always reaching out to help others in need. As an active Roman Catholic throughout her life, she was always a woman of great faith and taught her family to trust in God and have faith no matter the obstacles faced in life. She experienced many challenges throughout her 92 years of life, but always relied on her faith and optimism for the future to see her through the difficult times. She also experienced great joy, lived life to the fullest, and was proud of her family.
Concepcion is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ignacio Saldaña; her 5 children: Miguel (Silvia) Saldaña, Mary Carrasco, Estella (Gerald) Anderson, Ana Maria Saldaña, and Oscar (Sandra) Saldaña. She is also survived by her sister Modesta Rodriguez. She leaves behind a legacy of 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and her two sons, Felipe and Nachito.
- A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church located at 690 S. Cove, Cedar City, Utah.
- A viewing for those wishing to pay their respects will be held on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church.
- Interment will be at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
All are welcome to attend the viewing and funeral in tribute to Concepcion’s exemplary life.
Online condolences can be made at Southern Utah Mortuary online.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at both the Intermountain Dixie Regional Hospital and Valley View Medical Center for their care and compassion during her stay at each of the hospitals leading up to her passing. Also a very special thanks to two very dedicated daughters Tiachuy and Estella.