Flavia Huerta Arredondo was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of "stick to it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.
Her parents were Vicente Huerta & Fransisca Rodriguez. Flavia was raised in Texas. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.
Growing up in the Arredondo household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Flavia was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Flavia was raised with seven siblings. She had one younger brother Isaac, and six younger sisters, Claudia, Maria Elena, Esther, Cira, Juana, Oralia, and Aurora. Flavia was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Flavia and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Flavia was always consistently loyal to her family.
As a young child, Flavia was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn't pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Flavia developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Flavia took part in sports. In her spare time she liked to sew. However, what Flavia enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.
While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Flavia as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Kingsville High in 1950. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Flavia was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Flavia always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.
Always considered to be a solid friend, Flavia was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Flavia was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Flavia to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. Later in life, she became friends with Rosa.
Compassionate and devoted to Ramon, Flavia held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Ramon and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.
Flavia brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Flavia was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Flavia was blessed with six children, Stella, Jaime, David, Daniel, Norma and Elizabeth. She also had three stepchildren, Ramon Jr., Mariano and Norilda. They were also blessed with 37 grandchildren, Jose Jr., Ramon, Margil, Enrique, Jamie Jr., Juan, Corina, Mario, David Jr., Michael, Andres, Alex, Andrea, Daniel Jr., Christopher, Cindy, Trinidad, Nathaniel, Naomi, Rogelio Jr., Richard, Flavia, Virginia, Cynthia, Leticia, Kathrina, and Jacob. She also had step-grandchildren, Gracie, Ramon III, Jeanette, Dara, Rebecca, Ramona, Margarita, Stephen and Lorraine.
Flavia greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Flavia enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Flavia was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was homemaker. Flavia worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.
Flavia liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Flavia always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were, she loved watching football games (Superbowl). Go Cowboys. And also watching Tiger Woods in golf. She also loved a good debate with her grandsons about their teams. Flavia was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.
Flavia found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Flavia loved all sports. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was football.
Many organizations were grateful to have Flavia as a member, since she always brought with her a "stick to it" attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Flavia was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that she was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. She always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done.
Flavia enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Flavia appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Flavia always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included visiting family in Texas.
Flavia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Flavia's favorites was Chica (dog). They were best friends for 10 years.
Flavia Huerta Arredondo passed away on January 30, 2010 at home in Fresno, California, due to cancer. She is survived by her children, Stella, Jaime, David, Daniel, Norma and Lisa. Also by her step-children, Ramon Jr., Mariano and Norilda. Services were held at Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory. Flavia was laid to rest in Fresno Memorial Gardens.
Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Flavia Huerta Arredondo. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.
Arrangements under the direction of Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Fresno, CA.