Amelia Dominguez Theodosis, 76, of Lehi, Utah passed away on Sunday February 19, 2023 in Salt Lake
City, UT surrounded by her loved ones. Amelia was born on September 24, 1946 in Veracruz, Mexico to
Angel & Antelma Dominguez Garcia. Following their conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, her family served as a pillar of the area. Helping missionaries establish a thriving
community of love and devotion to the Lord and neighbors alike.Growing up in Veracruz, despite being a middle child she served as a maternal figure and helped raise.
her younger brothers Arturo and Jorge who she is survived by. Growing up she enjoyed movies, fencing,
track, dancing and most importantly being a part of her youth group in the Church. She was cherished as
a friend to anyone who knew her and doted on by most men who saw her.
Her natural instinct to care for her family and serve her community led to her eventually going to school
to become a nurse. Those years in nursing school established in her an inexhaustible search for
knowledge and a limitless level of compassion for others. Which was demonstrated through her love of
reading and the lives she changed for the better throughout her life.
Urged by her brothers, she joined them in the United States and enrolled into Brigham Young University
in 1979 where she quickly met, fell in love with and married Demetrios Theodosis (Jim). As Jim and
Amelia’s relationship progressed it was again her preternatural capacity to love that helped Jim manage
his mental health. On December 6, 1980 her oldest Nicholas Barnaby Theodosis (Nick) was born. From
that point on her first and only responsibility would be the safety and well being of “her babies.” As time
went on those who were blessed enough to be her baby would grow but never past her capacity to love
Shortly after the birth of her oldest she moved to New York City to be closer to Jim's family while he
attended school. While in New York she quickly became another daughter of her mother-in-law Ann
Theodosis (Giagia). Giagia and her would start a custom of speaking on the phone for hours late into the
night on a regular basis. A tradition that spanned the passing of Jim and up until Giagia passed in 2015.
On August 6, 1984 in the middle of a nurses strike in New York City, Amelia welcomed her daughter
Anastasia Katherine Theodosis (Anita) to the world. Being her only daughter, the relationship they
shared was special. Amelia’s need to protect her only daughter was at the forefront but what was
present the most was the respect she held for Anita from an early age.
Amelia and her Family returned to Utah and on November 18, 1986 her youngest, Byron Arturo
Theodosis was born. Byron shared with his mother a love for people, knowledge and ability to make
deep connections with those around him. After his birth the family traveled across the country but
eventually settled in Austin, Texas in 1990.
While supporting her husband and kids she also worked as a nursing aide for several years. She quickly
gained a reputation as the go to for handling the most sensitive cases. Being able to tame the grumpiest
of patients via her bottomless reserve of compassion and understanding. She took joy in comforting not
only those she was charged to care for but their families as well. She loved them and they loved her in
return for stewarding them through the heart breaking process of saying goodbye. In her last days she
continued this tradition by bringing comfort, laughter and purpose to loved ones as they prepared to see
her off for the last time.
Amelia faced setbacks throughout the following years. From Jim’s passing in 1995 to the loss of their
house in 1999 but what really stood out was the hope and resolve she met any adversity with. Her
children may have lost their father and lost their home but she was all the shelter they needed. She was
always more than enough. She became a refuge. Opening her home to several people throughout the
years to anyone who needed a place to stay or support while they pursued their dreams. By virtue of her
own loving nature she continued to collect more “babies” to protect via the friends of her children who
she always welcomed with open arms and without reservation.
Later in her life, she would work at the USPS overnight but time and time again she would go without
sleep to attend a band concert or cheer emphatically at a sporting event no matter the score. The whole
time ready to rush the field if anyone dared hurt her babies. Working overnight at the USPS she did not
stop touching lives. She was adored by everyone she met. She made quick friends and continued to
make time to support them through their ups and downs.
The next phase of her life should have been the most challenging, having to share her babies with the
people they would eventually marry but she handled it with grace. She loved and welcomed each
partner from the beginning as her own.
Her favorite chapter in her life was becoming an abuela or “Abue” as she would preferred to be called.
This coincided with her retirement. With her extra free time she could now devote 100% of herself to
her family. Her love was not generic; she would foster a unique relationship with each one of her seven
grandchildren. Meeting them where they were. As she had demonstrated time and time again
throughout her life she could calm the wildest of her babies and comfort the most anxious. There was no
such thing as a step grandchild; she was instantly devoted to her as if she had always been hers. If a
grandchild had any condition she would commit herself to becoming an expert on the subject
voraciously reading anything she could get her hands on. Her seven grandchildren were her babies as
well but she was always gracious enough to allow their parents to participate.
She never forgot where she came from and the family she had growing up. She managed to maintain
close relationships with a countless number of sobrinos and sobrinas. Tia Amelia was cherished and she
became a foundation that the family would gather around once she had retired to Utah. Along with her
brothers who she never stopped raising no matter how old and stubborn they may become.
In her last days, her family would gather together to see off the amazing woman who had bound
everyone through her love. Each one better for having known her. In her last days she took resolve
looking back at the miraculous work she had accomplished through her family. Despite having
accomplished more than anyone could have asked her to, she had one last task to complete and that is
the comfort and care of all her babies never once seeking comfort but giving it. A strength that can only
be summoned by someone who knew they did everything the right way. Even in her last days when she
could have asked for anything she only made one request. For her children to take care of HER babies.
She needed to know that since she won’t be there that her grandchildren would be loved and protected
no matter what. As she prepared to return to her heavenly father and be reunited with Jim she released
her babies into the care of her children. Knowing full well that they would make her proud as they always
did because they had learned to love from the best of us.
She is survived by her children: Nicholas (Amy) Theodosis, Anastasia (Byron) Workman, Byron (Corina)
Theodosis and her 7 grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday evening, February 22, 2023 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Anderson
& Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland, and from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. on Thursday
morning February 23 at the Cedar Hollow 5th Ward Chapel, 1020 East 1900 North, Lehi, followed by the
funeral service starting at 11:00 a.m. Please share a memory on Amelia’s tribute wall.