Ivonne Carrillo Obituary (2021) – Amarillo, TX

Ivonne D. Carrillo, aged 72, and beloved wife, mother and abuela, died on November 24, 2021, due to complications from her battle with breast cancer. She has faced numerous medical problems throughout her life, but she has always dealt with them with grace and optimism, and her latest diagnosis was no different. Born in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, Ivonne grew up with nine siblings, living first on a ranch, then in a school run by nuns, and finally in the city of Chihuahua. Known for her determination and perseverance, Ivonne was admired for her high school and college volleyball skills, and the story goes that she was not selected for the Mexican Olympic team because she was too small. Nevertheless, Ivonne dreamed of becoming a pediatrician and received her diploma from the Preparatory School at the University of Chihuahua. It was during her time in medical school when she met her future husband and fellow physician, Arturo Carrillo.

Once married, Ivonne and Arturo moved to Amarillo, Texas—her home for over 40 years. Ivonne and her husband had two children, Arturo and Ricardo, and she loved being their mother. She made the difficult decision not to become a doctor in the US in order to dedicate her time to her children. Family has always been important to Ivonne, and she made frequent visits to her family in Mexico, especially to see her beloved mother. Throughout her life, Ivonne was known for her spectacular cooking, with her enchiladas, tacos, and chile rellenos often in demand; her love of traveling to amazing places in the United States, Europe and even Egypt; her amazing sewing skills (she loved to embroider!); and her talents in gardening. Every morning, you could trust Ivonne to enjoy her coffee while she ate a baked good (there wasn’t a cookie she didn’t like) and played her obsession: Sudoku. Family came to Ivonne for advice, knowing she would always tell them the truth, whether it was what they wanted to hear or not.

In recent years, Ivonne has been a great advocate and volunteer at Make a Wish Foundation, helping children fulfill their greatest and smallest wishes. She was compassionate towards others and believed in the best of who they are and who they could be.

Most of all, Ivonne loved being an abuela to her four grandchildren: Iván, Luis Arturo, Diego and Aurelia. She was their biggest cheerleader, and her only disappointment when she was diagnosed with cancer was that she couldn’t watch them all grow into adulthood.

Ivonne was preceded in death by her mother, Clemencia; her father, Gildardo; her brother, Raul; her cousin, Rogelio; and her nieces, Ethel and Lorena.

She is survived by her husband, Arturo; her siblings, Irma, Homer, Elida, Gildardo, Blanca, Noel, Elsa Nevyi, and Thelma; her children, Arturo (and his wife Kristyn), and Ricardo (and his wife Susan); her stepchildren, Paty (and her husband Luis Alberto), and Claudia (and her husband Kirill); her four grandchildren; and dozens of beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital to help Ivonne fight for the lives of children, as she has during her lifetime.

The link to watch the funeral livestream: https://www.facebook.com/BoxwellBrothersFuneralDirectors/live/

Published by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors – Amarillo from November 28 to November 29, 2021.

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