Betty
In Loving Memory of Betty Valenzuela Betty Valenzuela a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2008 in Lawndale. Born in El Centro, AZ, Betty was 74 when she died. Betty was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church. She is survived by Son, Joaquin II Valenzuela of Hawthorne, CA; Son, Michael Valenzuela of Lawndale, CA; Daughter, Christina Kikuchi of Torrance, CA; Sister, Virginia Castanon of Buena Park, CA; Brother, Richard Dahilig of Las Vegas, NV; Sister, Mary Jane Barbosa of La Mirada, CA; Sister, Linda Hernandez of Perris, CA; Companion, Joe Hernandez of Lawndale, CA; 11 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Joaquin Valenzuela of 37 years; Daughter, Gloria Gamboa, Brother, Robert Dahilig; Brother, Rudy Hernandez. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach on Thursday February 7, 2008 from 5 to 8pm, with a Vigil Service at 7pm. A Reception follows the Vigil Service at the Lighthouse Room at White & Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach. The Mass will be held at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Torrance on Friday February 8 at 10am. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. To all the Family, My deepest sympathy’s on the lost of your Mom. Your mom was a very special person and she will surely be missed. May you find peace and feel God’s presents during this time. I know the lost is great , but take comfort in knowing your father greeter her with open arms. I will always remember them as that beautiful couple on the dance floor. Cousin Sally ( Susie’s Daughter )

  2. Dear Valenzuela Family, My whole family was so saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. I will always remember your mother for being so kind. My mother used to tell us the story of how she and and your dad married so young but how they made it through life because they loved and respected each other very much. She always said that they made such a handsome couple and they really did! I will miss her very much because she was always at all the parties and get-togethers and always made the effort to enjoy herself. In later years I would see her with Joe at family parties and they both came to my home for my dad’s 80th birthday party and it was so nice to see them there and to share in the celebration with our family. I’m glad she had someone dear to be her companion and bring joy into her life after your dad passed away. I know most of you don’t know me but I am the daughter of Frank and Sally Acevedo. My mother was the oldest daughter in the Montanez family and she truly enjoyed being with your mom and dad so much. On behalf of my father and our entire family, I send our heartfelt condolences to you all. God bless you and may His comfort, peace and love be yours through this sad time. With love, Cousin Maggie

  3. Dear Joaquin, Michael & Tina, On behalf of the entire Marin family, our greatest condolences on the loss of your Mom. We have the fondest memories of her. She was such a gracious lady. I ocassionally ran into to her around town and always enjoyed chatting with her… she had such an infectious smile. She and your dad will always be alive in my heart because they are very much a part of the memories I have of growing up on 166th street. I know you have suffered a great loss and pray that God will give you the strength to carry on in this the most difficult of times. May you find peace and comfort in the fact that she is now with your dad and Gloria. With much Love,

  4. Your mother is always with you… She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She’s the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not well. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s crystallized in every tear drop… She’s the place you came from, your first home.. She’s the map you follow with every step that you take. She’s your first love and your first heart break….and nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, Not space… Not even death…. will ever separate you from your mother…. You carry her inside of you…. May God Give You Strength at this difficult time. Love and Light, Cynthia Alamares

  5. I REMEMBERED BETTY, SHE’D ALWAYS WELCOME ME INTO HER HOME, WHEN I’D STOP BY JUST TO SAY HELLO. EVEN THOUGH WE WERE NOT CLOSE WE WERE CLOSE, IN OUR OWN SPECIAL WAY. YES THERE WAS A CONNECTION, PROBABLY BECAUSE SHE WAS MESTIZA, AND I WAS FILIPINA TOO. SHE MADE ME FEEL I WAS HER FRIEND OR EVEN PART OF HER FAMILY AND SHE ACCEPTED ME. I BELEIVE HER FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE WAS UNCONDITIONAL, ITS AS IF I WAS HER OWN AND IM SURE SHE MADE OTHERS FEEL THE SAME WAY, TOO. THE LAST TIME I SAW BETTY WAS AT A HER NEPHEWS WEDDING RECEPTION OR HER GRANDSON NOT SURE, BUT I ASKED HER FOR A DANCE, WE HAD A BLAST LAUGHING, AND LIVING IT UP. SHE HAD A GREAT SMILE THAT CAN LIGHTEN THE WHOLE ROOM AND HER SMILE, MADE YOU SMILE TOO. BETTY IT WAS NICE HAVING YOU IN MY WORLD AS I WAS IN MY TEENS AND AS AN ADULT. YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED AS ALWAYS MICHAEL, TINA, JOAQUIN AND GLORIA’S MOM. YOU JUST LEFT A FOOTPRINT IN MY LIFE FOREVER, CYNTHIA

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