Leticia "Letty" Corona

Obituary of Leticia "Letty" Graham Corona

Leticia “Letty” Graham Corona, 60, of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away on September 20, 2020 at Select University of Arizona Hospital downtown.

Letty was born in San Jose California on December 9, 1959 to Carlos Graham and Maria “Mary” Pancardo. She attended Presentation All Girls Preparatory High School, graduating class of 1978.  Letty had many professional experiences, ranging from travel agent to court reporter. However, in her professional career, she was most proud of her work as the Program Director for Sun Sounds of Arizona radio, a nonprofit organization which proves reading services for the visually impaired. She worked as the volunteer coordinator, ensuring there was never a lack of programming available to the visually impaired. She also provided workshops in Latin America and South America and several Caribbean countries, aiding them in opening and operating their own reading services. In 2006 she transitioned roles to become the Event Coordinator and Student Alumni Scholarship Liaison for the Maricopa County Community Colleges Foundation, retiring in 2016.  It was in this position that Letty showcased her innate skills of event planning and coordination, taking the lead role for ensuring success of the annual Heroes of Education event, the premier fundraising event for student scholarships. Planning and executing this event meant Letty worked with many people across the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), from Presidents to Directors, Deans, Vice Chancellors, and many community members across the Valley and the state. She was always so proud of this event, and often made the planning appear effortless. Her natural gift of gab made her easy to work with and endeared her to many.

Letty loved her family, her friends, to travel and good food. She especially loved bringing family and friends together for meal. She also loved reading and politics.

Letty cherished being a “Nana” to her five grandchildren. She wasn’t the type of nana to bake cookies and sit in a rocking chair knitting. No, she was the nana who gave you soda and ice cream for breakfast and then sent you home to your parents on a sugar high.

Many will remember Letty for her infectious laugh and slightly dark sense of humor, her enormous heart, her generosity of her time and her ear whenever you needed one.

Letty is survived by her husband Juan Manuel Corona, of Gilbert Arizona. Children; Jasmine Amber Conrad (Drew), John Manuel Corona (Samantha Sue), Marcos Felix Corona (Alicia), and Sasha Monique Flores (William Powell). Grandchildren; Caden Byrd Conrad, Finely Rae Conrad, Bohdi Graham Conrad, Everley June, Corona, and Ophelia Blake Corona. Siblings; Anabella Graham, Carlos Graham (Rachelle), Roseanna McAfee (Tim), and Paul Graham. And many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations made to Sun Sounds of Arizona (2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe AZ 85281), or a scholarship with the Maricopa County Community Colleges Foundation [2419 W. 14th Street, Tempe AZ 85281]. 

The family wishes to extend their gratitude: Amy Webster with Hope Heart Heal non-profit organization.

In the months ahead a group of devoted friends and colleagues will be working on a celebration of Life ceremony to honor the legacy of love that Letty left to who encountered her.


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