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Ella (Bustamente) Goy

Posted 2021-07-19 by Pat R
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)
Thursday, February 25, 1971, p. 37

Ella Goy, blue-ribbon cook and pioneer, dies

Mrs. Ella Goy, 102, a prize-winning pioneer cook, who was brought to the Arizona Territory in 1874 on a wagon caravan owned by the Otero family of Phoenix, died yesterday in Medi Centers of America Nursing Home.

Mrs. Goy was born Oct. 26, 1868, at Ures, Mexico, former seat of government for the state of Sonora. Her maiden name was Rafaela Rubio Bustamente.

Orphaned at 6, she was reared by the Otero family who were pioneer cattle ranchers and became the family's cook. Later she was employed by Korrick's store, hand-sewing hoop skirts. She also cooked for the elder Korrick family.

Mrs. Goy also cooked for the elder Goldwater family at their residence in Iron Springs near Prescott. For her culinary talent she had won blue ribbons at Arizona territorial fairs. During her career she had owned restaurants in California and in the Tolleson area.

In 1905 she met a Swiss-Frenchman, Emil Goy, and they were married in St. Mary's Church at Phoenix. A cement finisher, he helped build some of the early sidewalks of Phoenix and the smelter at Clarkdale. He died in 1963.

Mrs. Goy, 8229 W. Buckeye Road, moved to San Francisco the year of the earthquake in 1906, and because of the hardships there, soon went to Los Angeles. In the mid-1900s the family purchased a ranch south of Buckeye Road at Seventh Street. She moved from Clarkdale in 1914 to Superior and started a boarding house where she resumed cooking for the public.

After World War I, Mrs. Goy opened a restaurant and grocery store in Santa Ana, Calif. She sold that business in 1928 and returned to Tolleson where she operated a restaurant until 1945. Until recently, she enjoyed meeting patrons at Goy's Corner at 83rd Avenue and Buckeye.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Mathilde Lopez of Torrance, Calif.; two sons, Louis of Phoenix, Henry of Cottonwood; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Private services will be this afternoon at Memory Lawn Mortuary and Cemetery.

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