May 22, 1918 ~ July 1, 2002
NEVAREZ, AMELIA RUIZ, a resident of Gardena for over 80 years, possessed a generous spirit that was indispensable to her family and friends in times of both joy and sorrow.
In joy, Millie was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, the Gardena Sister City Association and the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, which she served as president. She taught Spanish at both St. Anthony School in Gardena and Hermosa View Elementary School in Hermosa Beach. She doted on her grandsons. Upon the passing of her beloved mother, Refugio Presa (''Mama Cuca'') Ruiz, Millie assumed the role of family matriarch and presided over the family's many baptisms, weddings, and other celebrations.
In sorrow, she mourned the untimely passing of many loved ones: her husband Jesus (''Jess'') Nevarez; her daughter Christine Mallett; her father Ysidoro (''Papa Lolo'') Ruiz; her brothers Frank, Robert and Charles; and her sister Stella Zamora.
Millie was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on May 22, 1917, and died at home in Gardena, California, on July 1, 2002. She is survived by her son Charles; her grandchildren Sean and Brandon Mallett; and her sister Rachel Adam. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena.
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