On June 3, 2014 our beloved Carmen Mejia Armendariz was called back home to our Lord in Heaven. Carmen was born on October 22, 1927 in El Paso, Texas. She was the eldest of four children, which included her sister Bert, brother Alfonso and her youngest sister Yolanda. From a young age Carmen believed in family and hard work. Yet she found the time to have fun and make lifelong friends. On March 11, 1948 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Carmen married her true love Alberto Salas Armendariz. While living in El Paso, Texas they had four children; son David, daughter Olga, daughter Maria and son Ricardo. The family moved to Los Angeles, California where they had one more son Eduardo. Carmen passed on to her children the meaning of Love, Family, Friendship and hard work. She also showed them how to have fun, which included family functions where games were played, music was heard, dancing was encouraged and lot of laughter. Carmen loved to dance to all kinds of music, especially Jitter Bugging to Big Band Music. She loved singing, which includes two songs that were recorded in a sound booth as she sang to her husband expressing her love for him. She loved when her family gathered together for holiday functions or just get-together's on weekends. She loved watching them play sports, have water balloon fights and most of all hear the laughter. She loved peanut brittle, See's Candies, cookies, coffee, tea and root beer. She had a green thumb and enjoyed all kinds of flowers and plants. She could never have enough items in her favorite color pink. Her jewelry and birds all included the cartoon character Tweety Bird. She could also not have enough of her team, the then Los Angeles and now the St. Louis Rams; her Ramy Whammies. During football seasons you could hear her yelling and rooting for her team. She had an open door policy that made everyone feel welcomed. Carmen was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. As we grieve our loss, we can be assured that she is looking down upon us taking time to listen to her son sing and dance with her husband. We were blessed for the time we had with her. We promise to do our very best to make you proud by continuing to love and cherish one another as you taught us, remembering to always enjoy life, friendship, laughter, family and take pride in what we do. Carmen is survived by her sister Bert, brother; Alfonso, daughter Maria, sons David and Ricardo, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. We will miss you and hold you in our hearts. May you continue to sing, dance, laugh and shine your rays of love upon us.

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