Vilma Matus Cabrera

Born: Wed., May 24, 1967
Died: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020


9:30 AM Fri., Jan. 10, 2020
Location: San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Fri., Jan. 10, 2020
Location: San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church

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Our beloved Vilma Matus Cabrera passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Flagstaff Medical Center on Thursday, January 2, 2020.  In her beautiful manner, Vilma courageously and gracefully battled an aggressive form of cancer.  

Vilma was born in Prescott, Arizona to Dina and Ricardo Matus on May 24, 1967 and spent her idyllic childhood in loving communities, adventuring the woods and creeks of the spectacular ORO Ranch and the historic, peaceful community of Seligman, Arizona alongside her brothers, cousins and schoolmates.  

On September 7, 1991, Vilma married her sweetheart and love of her life, Jesse Cabrera. Vilma and Jesse raised two beautiful, courageous, and soulful daughters Michayla and Mireya in the Flagstaff community.

Vilma graced all those she encountered with her warm and accepting manner.  She was a natural and gifted story teller and charmed all with her engaging and positive spirit. She cherished her family, friends and community with a wisdom, compassion and heart that seemed without end.  

Vilma enjoyed successful careers with State Farm Insurance, the Coconino County Health Department and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, all while graciously and generously volunteering her time to serve others.  

Vilma enjoyed and participated in sports such as volleyball, softball, and basketball.  Along with her husband Jesse, she volunteered for Coconino High School fundraisers, and with full abandon, cheered her daughters on the sidelines of the volleyball court.  

Vilma is preceded in death by the ever-present spirit of her loving mother Dina and father Ricardo Matus.  Vilma is surrounded with love and survived by her husband Jesse Cabrera, daughters Michayla and Mireya Cabrera, loving brothers Ricardo Matus (Kim) and Gino Matus (Paula), aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and endearing family member cat Baloo.

Vilma brought her smile and beautiful light to all those who knew her, those who honor and love her still.  Vilma Matus Cabrera, we are grateful and privileged to have experienced your unending love and laughter. We will honor you each day in a manner that will make you proud.  You have ALL our love forever.

Services to celebrate Vilma’s life will be held on Friday, January 10, 2019 at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ  86001, beginning with a Rosary at 9:30 a.m.  A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m.

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Charlsa Hanna
   Posted Tue January 07, 2020


May God Bless all of you and may you feel the comfort of his warm embrace. The Brown/Hanna/Solberg/James/Osborne Families

Bea Sedillo
   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
I met Vilma about 25 years ago. We both worked out at the Flagstaff Hospital when step was first being introduced to Flagstaff. We've remained friends, although we didn't see each other often, we could talk about work, working out, her amazing family and church. I did see her several times at the jail, where my husband works. I had her name on a few prayer chains that I'm a part of. She was beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside, and she will be so very missed by so many people. i will continue to say prayers for her family. They say GOD only takes the very best, and she truly was the best.

Jenn Cascio
   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
My sincere condolences go out to Vilma's family and friends. I work at the County, and this is where I had the pleasure to meet and work with such a wonderful person. She was so upbeat and happy anytime we spoke, she was a true joy to work with. We enjoyed sharing stories of her family cat Baloo and my cat Freddie. I feel so blessed to have known her. She will be missed. God bless.

   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
My condolences to the family of Velma. She was a wonderful person always smiling and always such a pleasure to talk to you will be missed😢❤️

Liz and Ken Noble
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
Vilma was ALWAYS so happy to help you when she worked for State Farm. She made every interaction at that office and on the phone enjoyable. She was friendly, genuinely concerned and caring, and always willing to do whatever she could to make things work for us. We laughed together every time we talked or saw her. She will be in our prayers, as will her family. God bless all.

Bart Blaylock
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
Vilma was a very good friend and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow up with her. I am heartbroken for all who love her and will forever pray for peace for all who love her. Vaya con Dios!

Sybil I Smith
   Posted Sat January 11, 2020
I was sad to read of Vilma's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her at the Heath Department several years back. Vilma was always so kind and sincere. She had a real calmness about her. She will be missed by many she touched. Rest well.

Craig Russell
   Posted Tue January 14, 2020
I was so saddened to hear about your loss today, and send my deepest sympathies to your family. Vilma was a wonderful childhood friend, and I will always have fond memories of growing up together in Seligman. Her smile lit up the world and her happiness was contagious. The world will miss such a graceful soul. Rest I peace Vilma, and God Bless you all.

Singne Slayton
   Posted Wed January 15, 2020
I just heard of Vilma's passing. I am so sorry for your loss and I keep you and your family in my prayers.

May this family find comfort in knowing that Vilma was loved and I value the young crazy memories of you two.

Ted Tanori
   Posted Tue February 04, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I grew up with her and brothers. Our parents were great friends. We both had daughters that played on the volleyball team at Coco. Vilma will be greatly missed by all of us.💐💐💐💐

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