December 15, 1918 ~ April 30, 2013
Cristina Hontoria Conde passed away peacefully in hospice care at her Redondo Beach home of complications from a broken hip. Up until then she had been alert and vibrant. She was 94. She was born December 15, 1918, on a small, lush island in the northern Philippines. With determination, Cristina eluded the invading Japanese forces during WWII. After the war, she emigrated to Florida as a governess. Her future husband, Albert B. Conde, had heard about her through his "network" in California, sought her out in Florida and convinced her to come west. They married in 1949 and settled in West Los Angeles. She was a homemaker, raising four children, in a loving home. They moved to Redondo Beach in 1961. She was an avid gardener with the gift of being able to grow anything. Her adult children would often bring their listless, potted plants for her to perform Lazarus-like magic. Her abundant fruit trees and vegetable garden ensured that no visitor left her home empty handed. Albert died in 1980. In the years following, she found particular joy in her grandchildren. She babysat many of them. Cristina was "Lula" to them and their children. They loved her lumpia, cookies and zucchini bread. She was kind and generous, not only to them, but to all who knew her. Daughter Erlinda Dearborn; sons Christopher, George and David; niece Josephine Oakes and daughters-in-law Pamela and Victoria cared for her during her final weeks. She is also survived by grandchildren David (Elizabeth), Adam (Dania), Matthew (Serena), Adrian, Justin, Xander (Katie) Dearborn, Altaira Dearborn and three great granddaughters. Visitation will be 5:00-9:00 pm, Thursday, May 30th at Rice Mortuary, Torrance. Funeral mass 9:30 am, Friday, May 31st at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hermosa Beach. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, 1:30 pm, Friday, May 31st.
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