03/29/1968 - 09/28/2021
Service Date: 10/11/2021
Service Time: 11 AM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park 2100 East Queen Creek Road Gilbert, AZ 85297
Visitation Date: 10/10/2021
Visitation Time: 3-5 PM
Visitation Location: Gilbert Memorial Park
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park


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The Lord called Kena home on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  Kena Marie Contreras is survived by her partner, Michelle Hawkins, her mother Juana C. McDermott, her 4 sisters; Ada Yunis Chavira-Hughlett (Jesse), Delia McCarty (Mark), Dora Alicia Rome (Milton) and Celina Jimenez-Hester, six nieces, five nephews, Her aunts: Alejandrina Macias, Francisca Villa. Her uncle Felix Montes Galvez, and 21 cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandmother Antonina Galvez Contreras, grandfather Eugenio Contreras, aunt Rosalina de Valenzuela, her uncles: Daniel Montes, Francisco Contreras, Ramon Contreras and 5 cousins.

Kena Marie Contreras was born in March 1968, to Juana Contreras Galvez and David Jimenez Cortez in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  She lived there until the age of 9 when her mother and 4 sisters relocated to the United States.  Kena and her family moved and settled in Chandler, AZ in 1982.  She graduated with Honors from Chandler High School in 1986 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.  In 1987, Kena proudly became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.

Kena started her career in social work focusing on families and was very proud to advocate for foster children as a Program Specialist for the Arizona State Supreme Court.  In 1998, Kena obtained her MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and began her 13 year career in pharmaceutical sales.  After moving to Colorado, she received her K-6 teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education and spent 8 years sharing her love of learning with children.  In April, Kena began working for Dr. Schnider as a Physician Liason for Denver Integrated Spine Center.

Kena shared her love of life and her infectious smile with everyone she met.  She will be greatly missed and always in our hearts.

All services for Kena will be held at Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, AZ.

Sunday, October 10th 3-5pm Visitation with Rosary Service at 4pm

Monday, October 11th 10-11am Visitation, 11-12pm Service (Live Stream Link Kena Contreras Celebration of Life

12:00-12:30pm Graveside Service

12:30-2:30pm Luncheon

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to any of the following organizations:







  • May God have mercy on Kena’s beautiful soul. My thought and prayers are with Kena and the entire family. My deepest condolences.

  • Mario Valenzuela

    KENA aunque te fuiste a vivir a otro país, cuando éramos muy pequeños; vivimos muy cercanos. Compartimos nuestra infancia siempre jugando y divirtiéndonos. Nadamos, jugamos carreras en bicicleta, juegos de mesa, nos escribíamos cartas haciendo planes para las vacaciones de verano…. Ahora hiciste el mejor viaje de tu vida, aunque te mudaste a vivir a mi corazón ya te extraño. Dios te Bendiga y haga resplandecer su rostro sobre ti Querida Prima. Descansa en Paz ??

  • Familia Macías Montes

    Nuestras profundas condolencias para la familia, nuestras oraciones por fortaleza y consuelo por la partida con el Señor de nuestra sobrina y prima Kena, los abrazamos en el.amir de Cristo

  • Mis mas profundas condolencias para la familia sabiendo k Dios tiene todo en control descansando por fe en sus promesas orando por k Dios les fortalece en todo momento

  • My thought and prayers are with Kena and her entire family. May she rest in eternal peace. Amen

  • You will be always missed, my friend. May you rest in eternal peace.

  • Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard but always near,
    so loved, so missed, so very dear.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Michelle, and Kena’s family, always.

  • Mi mas sentido pesame a toda la familia en este dolor tan grande por el cual estan pasando pero sabemos que hay una promesa de parte de nuestro Dios y esa es volvernos a ver algun dia,nuestras oraciones por paz y fortaleza les abrazamos

  • Sheri Langford & SandyNaatz

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you Michelle, and Kena’s family during the difficult time. Please accept our deepest condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

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