Arias, Anna Maria, a longtime resident of the South Bay, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2007 in Torrance. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Anna was 91 when she died. Anna was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Gardena since 1939 and strong pillar of the community. Along with her beloved husband she raised four children and established a well known landmark restaurant in the city of Gardena called "The Tijuana Inn". She is survived by 4 children, 22 Grandchildren, 32 Great Grandchildren and 10 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Husband, Vincent Arias. Anna will be remembered for the love & devotion between her and her husband and for her unbelievable strength and courage as a wife, mother, friend and business woman. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McMillan McCormick Mortuary on Friday February 16, 2007 from noon to 5pm. The Rosary will be at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Gardena at 7pm, followed by a reception in the Lighthouse Room of McMillan McCormick Mortuary. The Service will be held on Saturday February 17, 2007 at noon at the Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

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  1. I have the highest respect for Mrs. Arias, I worked for her at Tijanna Inn Restaurant as a Hostess. I worked there even when I was expecting my 2nd child. Mrs. Arias was always a wonderful loving working person and cared so much about her employees being fair with one and other. I was yelled at by one of the waitresses and Mrs. Arias over heard her, she addressed the matter so professionally and it made me feel very appreciated. My sisters also worked as hostesses for the Arias family, we loved having our Dad or Mom drive us down while in high school, and there after we earned enough money to buy our own cars. May Gods arms be around the entire family while you feel the loss of a wonderful Employer, friend, mother, grandmother great grandmother. Viya Con Dios! Love Rose Marie

  2. My heart-felt condolences to the Arias family on the loss of a great lady, savvy businesswoman and just a wonderful human being. I have many fond memories of my high school years waiting tables at the Tijuana Inn with many of your family members. “Abuela” Arias gave me the chance to make some pretty good money for a high school kid (1968-1971) and I met lots of great people and made lots of friends working in the restaurant. I’ll always remember how she greeted her loyal customers on those busy Sunday afternoons when people would wait an hour or more for a table. But…the food was well worth the wait. Again, my condolences to you all and I wish you all the best for the future. May Mrs. Arias rest in peace. She deserves it.

  3. It is hard to find the words to express my sadness at Anna’s passing. She was a wonderful LADY and a good friend. She is now with her beloved Vincente or as she always called him Mr.Arias! God Bless, Jack Merstik

  4. I will always remember as a little girl going with my parents to eat at the first restaurant and then going to the new one. I remember seeing Mr.& Mrs Arias walking around greeting people. What a great memory and the food was so good.

  5. Our condolences to the family for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Mr. and Mrs. Arias were long time clients and friends of my former employer, Ed Russ. We were able to share many pleasant times with both Mr. and Mrs. Arias and their granddaughter Debi. Over the years. God’s blessings to you all. Mike and Mary Savidan

  6. Mrs. Arias you were my first employer. I was a young girl very impressed by your business sense and kindnesss. I will always hold fond memories of you and your family. Love Virginia (Cerda) Ford

  7. So very sadded to hear of Anna’s passing. My family started Robillard’s Pottery and gift almost next door to the TJ Inn in 1946. We grew up on Mexican food. We ate there so often that, my grandfather suggested that our family coat of arms should be “crossed cheese enchiladas on a field of refried beans”. She and her family and restaurant were a southbay institution and we miss them very much. All of our love goes to her family.

  8. My sympathies to an old friend, Vincent, on the passing of your mother. I lost my father last August. Best Wishes, John Giovati

  9. I wish to extend my deep sympathy to Lisa, my friend from 40+ years ago at American Martyrs Elementary School, and to her entire family on the loss of Mrs. Arias. Even though my own mother died 30 years ago, I know the great sadness you are feeling today. Our paths have not crossed for many years, but you are in my prayers at this difficult time.

  10. I read about the passing of Mrs. Aries in the Daily Breeze and would like to extend my sympathies and condolences to Vince and his family on the passing of his Mother.

  11. As a child, we started taking our baking dishes over to the winery, which we called the Resturant and candy store (liquer store). My mother was “housebound” and didn’t go out. So, I pride myself in saying, “we started their take out business” long before there was “take out” food everywhere. I’d take my 50 cents and get a Taco or Cheese Enchilada and beans. I remember when they out grew the little resturant and added more tables in what, I called the “Candy” store. There was new Juke Box, and the best Mexican Food in Southern California. Mr. Arias was cordial and seemed timeless in age. I watched the business grow into a major Mexican Resturant in the area, and shared many family meals and gatherings there. As as young adult, I continued my association with the Arias’, Anna mentored me. She shared her wisdom and Catholic faith. As the business grew, the relationship remained the same, we were not only customer’s but neighbors. I was saddened to hear of her passing, but know that there’s another Angel in heaven watching over us. What a blessing she is.

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