Greta Cynthia Mock
Greta Cynthia Mock
  • December 7, 1929 - April 21, 2017
  • Scottsdale, Arizona

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The tried to bury us.
They didn't know we were seeds
(Mexican Proverb)

Greta Cynthia Mock died peacefully on April 21, 2017. Loving and nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many, she was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 7, 1929 to Donald Jesse Funk and Gladys Cora Severinghaus Funk. She grew up in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains at the Black Queen Mine near Apache Junction and in Ray, Arizona. After graduating from North High School in 1947, she attended both the University of Arizona as a Delta Zeta sorority sister and the University of Washington where she earned a degree in botany, signaling a passion for gardening that flourished and grew throughout her life. On June 13, 1949, she married Roy E. Mock who preceded her in death on June 26, 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. She devoted her life to her three children, Roy, Cynthia, and Peter and grandchildren Johanna, Eric, and Sarah. She enriched and inspired us all with her deep love of education, science, art, plants, Arizona history, and people. An early widow and mother of 3, she was a strong role model as a sixth-grade science teacher at Andalucía Elementary School from 1968 until she retired in the late 1980's. She was a third-generation Arizonian and an active member of First Families of Arizona. She generously shared her family's stories, history, experiences, and love of Arizona with many. After retiring, she devoted much love and time to her grandchildren and often said, "I live for my children, grandchildren, and their families." In retirement, she continued to follow her passion for desert botany and became a Master Gardener and long-time volunteer for the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix conserving and sharing the desert she so loved. Greta was an avid artist, an active member of Friends of Mexican Art, and a patron of Mexican and Peruvian folk artists. She will be remembered always surrounded by the vibrancy and colors of the art that inspired her. Greta was cherished by her family and friends and will be deeply missed. Now, she has gone to God's "Big House" to garden, love, and play cards with those she has missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Greta's name may be made to support education and research at the Desert Botanical Garden, Memorial Program, 1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008.