Carmen Godinez Upon hearing that Carmen died, a representative from the Catholic Church said "we have lost one of our living saints." Her faith in God was foundational. Carmen, wife of Fernando, who preceded her in death 12 years ago after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, joined her husband Fernando in heaven on July 5, 2008. She is survived by her loving son Ken Fernando and her loving daughter Carmen Estella (John). Her remaining beloved family lost their holy matriarch. She is also survived by 3 loving grand daughters, Tiffany, Tammy (Johnny), and Jennifer (Shawn) and great grandchildren, Nico, Anthony, Taylor, Avery, and a great grandchild on the way. She also left behind countless family members in Mexico and friends everywhere. Carmen was born in Mascota, Jalisco, Mexico, and after marrying her sweetheart Fernando, a WWII veteran, they moved to Los Angeles and eventually Torrance, where they made a home, which evolved into a sanctuary that radiated love, peace, and tranquility. She actively served in her parish, St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena as chairperson of the Altar Society, a catechist and as one of the first female Eucharistic Ministers. She was a loving generous person and constantly provided guidance, leadership and help whenever needed. She was a Third Order Franciscan and was awarded a special "Papal Benemeylenti Medal" from Pope John Paul II in recognition of her devoted service. We will all miss her profoundly. A viewing will be held at McMillan & McCormick Gardena Chapel on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. A Rosary will follow at St. Anthony of Padua Church at 7:00 P.M.

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  1. So very sorry to hear of your loss, Ken. We remember how lovingly you spoke of your mother over the last few years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family today.

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