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Bertha C Banuelos

February 20, 1917 - April 20, 2014
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Bertha C. Bañuelos It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our most loving mother, cousin, aunt and friend, Bertha Bañuelos. She passed on peacefully at the age of 97 in her sleep on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in the comfort of her family at her home, the most welcoming haven for all that loved and cherished her. This simply beautiful and remarkable woman, who became a most devoted sister, wife, mother, grandmother and loving homemaker, was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 20, 1917. Her parents were Santiago and Refugio Cisneros from New Mexico. She and her younger brother, James, were orphaned at an early age,...
Bertha C. Bañuelos

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our most loving mother, cousin, aunt and friend, Bertha Bañuelos. She passed on peacefully at the age of 97 in her sleep on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in the comfort of her family at her home, the most welcoming haven for all that loved and cherished her.

This simply beautiful and remarkable woman, who became a most devoted sister, wife, mother, grandmother and loving homemaker, was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 20, 1917. Her parents were Santiago and Refugio Cisneros from New Mexico. She and her younger brother, James, were orphaned at an early age, and were raised by extended families in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was there, while taking responsibility for her brother and herself, that she gained her strong independent spirit, and her value for hard work and frugality. She learned and developed a passion for the arts of cooking, sewing and caring for others. She appreciated the value of her education and was driven by a need for perfection in everything she did.

Bertha met her husband, Manuel Bañuelos, instantly taking claim of his heart and musically romantic nature, and after a relentless courtship on his part, agreed to marry the charming troubadour and young railroad man, the love of her life, two years later in 1937.

In the years that followed, Bertha and Manuel were blessed with seven daughters, Ma. Teresa Peña (Silvestre Peña), Grace Bañuelos, Lilia M. Sanchez (Juan C. Sanchez), Irene Molina, Corina Holcomb (Robert A. Holcomb), Ana M. Castro (Ceasar Castro), and Virginia Bañuelos, and by twenty-three grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Bertha and Manuel raised their children with a great emphasis on education and family values. In 1962 they accepted an opportunity to relocate to San Diego and made Point Loma their new home.

Bertha's talent as a professional seamstress contributed to the endless wardrobes for her daughters from birth to wedding. She designed and crafted quilts in her later years. Granny "B's" kitchen was always stocked with a delicious and generous fare for everyone that stepped through her doors. She and "Grandpa Manny" were passionate, competitive card and domino players giving many a grandchild pre-school math lessons at their table. Her green-thumb nurtured a houseful of foliage and flowers and loved her ever-blossoming roses and orchids.

Bertha was preceded in death by Manuel, her husband of seventy years, by her grandson Manuel and by her great-grandson, Saul.

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