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Priscilla Pinto

July 2, 1981 - June 24, 2014
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Priscilla Pinto was born in Bellflower, California, on Thursday, July 2nd, 1981. She was her mother's first born and also the first grandchild in the family. Priscilla was a sweet and playful little girl with an angelic face and a loving nature that remained throughout her entire life. She was twenty-one months of age when her mother, Belinda, introduced her to her little brother, Johnny, and the two became inseparable. They grew to be each other's best friend, and there are countless photos of them laughing, playing, hugging and holding hands. She entered kindergarten in 1986 and excelled in arts, crafts and mathematics. With her warm...
Priscilla Pinto was born in Bellflower, California, on Thursday, July 2nd, 1981. She was her mother's first born and also the first grandchild in the family. Priscilla was a sweet and playful little girl with an angelic face and a loving nature that remained throughout her entire life. She was twenty-one months of age when her mother, Belinda, introduced her to her little brother, Johnny, and the two became inseparable. They grew to be each other's best friend, and there are countless photos of them laughing, playing, hugging and holding hands.

She entered kindergarten in 1986 and excelled in arts, crafts and mathematics. With her warm and outgoing personality she found it easy to make friends and stayed in contact with many of them well into adulthood. In the summer of 1988 her stepdad, Juan Garcia, joined the family and they took many trips to the beach, the park and to Priscilla's favorite holiday destination, Las Vegas.

When she was twelve years old, her little brother Kevin was born, and just as she had with Johnny she showered him with affection and helped look after him. She graduated Downey high school in June of 1998, and soon thereafter learned that she was pregnant with her first child. On October 28th, 1998, Priscilla gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy she named Jonathan. From the moment she laid eyes on him it was love at first sight. She may have been a young and inexperienced mother, but she was loving, protective and entirely devoted to her son. He was truly her pride and joy.

In early 2000 Priscilla was diagnosed with lupus and began a long and difficult battle. In November of 2006, she lost the function of both kidneys and had to start dialysis treatment. It must have taken a toll on her emotionally and physically, but she always maintained a positive attitude and strong will. She was determined to raise lupus awareness and participated in many fundraisers. Even though she was faced with such adversity, Priscilla never hesitated to help others in need. She often collected shoes and clothing from family, friends and neighbors and donated them to charity.

She never let her illness stop her from living her life to the fullest and doing the things that she loved the most. She was actively involved in her son's schooling and held a 'date night' with him at least once a month. She always looked forward to going to the movies with her family and her favorite films were Dirty Dancing and Titanic. She was also a fan of scary movies, flashback 80's music, Hip Hop, Banda and Rancheras. She loved warm beach weather, family gatherings, fireworks and dressing up for Halloween. She enjoyed Thanksgiving, but her all time favorite holiday was Christmas. She took Christmas shopping seriously and made sure to buy every member of her family a little gift.

On March 21st, 2014, Priscilla received a call from St Vincent's Medical and learned that they had found a matching kidney. She was so excited and felt like an expectant mother. The transplant on March 22nd, 2014 was a success and she named the kidney Kenny. During her six week stay she became emotionally attached to her surgeon and the nursing staff, and they treated her like family.

Unfortunately, soon after her surgery she developed complications from calciphylaxis, and on May 9th, 2014, she was transferred to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After fighting tirelessly for another six weeks she passed away on the night of June 24th, 2014. She was surrounded by her immediate family.

She may no longer be with us in a physical sense, but she lives on in our hearts, in our memories and in her son's smile.

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"PRISCI, I am sending a dove to Heaven with parcel on it's wings. Be careful when you open it. It's full of Beautiful things. Inside are a million KISSES...." Silvia Aviles (Bellflower, CA)

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