Juliette Revilla Obituary

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Juliette Revilla

February 4, 1937 - March 5, 2014
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Juliette Revilla was born on Feb. 4 1937 and left us on March 5, 2014, at age 77 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Julie was the fifth of eight children and leaves behind siblings, Manuela Castaneda, Hope Thomas, and Peter Hernandez of Fresno, California, and Claudio Revilla of Mesa, Arizona. She also leaves six children, Kimberly (Mathis) Cole and son-in-law Christopher Cole, Maria, Catherine, Kenneth, Mark, daughter-in-law Ninfa and Jonathan Mathis, seven grandchildren, Jillian and Dylan Cole, Mackenzie, Cameron and his mother Cindy Rutledge, former daughter-in-law Tina Mathis, Elijah and his mother Kendra Mathis,...
Juliette Revilla was born on Feb. 4 1937 and left us on March 5, 2014, at age 77 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Julie was the fifth of eight children and leaves behind siblings, Manuela Castaneda, Hope Thomas, and Peter Hernandez of Fresno, California, and Claudio Revilla of Mesa, Arizona. She also leaves six children, Kimberly (Mathis) Cole and son-in-law Christopher Cole, Maria, Catherine, Kenneth, Mark, daughter-in-law Ninfa and Jonathan Mathis, seven grandchildren, Jillian and Dylan Cole, Mackenzie, Cameron and his mother Cindy Rutledge, former daughter-in-law Tina Mathis, Elijah and his mother Kendra Mathis, Andrés, and Sofía Mathis, and one great-grandchild Takara Terui Mathis. In addition, Julie will be missed by many step grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, in-laws, and friends.Julie had an interest in the world around her and a sharp wit; she could always be counted on for a lively intellectual discussion about life, politics, and the human condition. She was a talented artist, and later in life found the time to devote to drawing and learning to paint in water colors.Julie was committed to her faith and it played a significant role throughout her life, supporting and guiding much of her volunteer activities and work for equality and social justice. As a woman in the late 1950's and 60's, in a mixed race marriage, she faced her share of prejudice and racism, but she did not allow that ugliness to affect her faith. She was active in her church, St. Helen's and a member of the Altar Guild and many other church activities for many years. Her membership and work in her parish was an ongoing source of joy and recommitment to her faith.
Julie was a strong believer in higher education and despite a full-time job and raising 6 children became a Registered Nurse in her early twenties. She completed her Bachelor's degree at age 50, and then helped pioneer the nursing field by becoming one of the first Nurse Practitioners in the State of California. As a young nurse and working mom in the 1960's and early '70's, Julie worked in local hospitals and clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area. She helped to establish La Clinica de la Raza, in Oakland, California, and when she returned to Fresno in 1973 worked with the United Health Centers in Parlier, Orange Cove, Five Points and southeast Fresno. Always an advocate for the oppressed and underserved, Julie worked in some of the most difficult areas in the health care system. In addition to her hospital nursing and work in health clinics, she worked in the pediatric sexual assault unit of the Valley Medical Center, with teenage mothers, and volunteered her nursing expertise for the Poverello House. At the time of her retirement, she worked in the Student Health Center at CSU Fresno. Julie was the first of her family to graduate from college and education was always very important to her. Her children recall her taking one or two classes a semester for most of their lives. She always supported younger family members working toward their own education and careers, and could always be counted on in the way of a ride to school or a job, or for a loan or gift of funds. After education, the most important thing in Julie's life was her family and friends. She kept many close friends throughout her life, from childhood days in Malaga, friends from nursing school, and friends she made at work. Many of her relatives fondly remember spending holidays at her Sunnyside home, swimming and barbequing. She felt blessed in life and always wanted to share with others.Juliette Revilla was a wonderful spirit, a great mom and grandmother, and friend. She touched the lives of many in a positive way and was a role model for many. She will be missed, but has left a legacy of caring and compassion to remember and follow.
Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Poverello House or St. Helen's Catholic Church in Fresno.

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"My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother Julie. I went to nursing school with her many years ago and remember her as friendly and kind. I thought of..." Armida Lascano (Clovis, CA)

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