Arias, Josephine a 94 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2005 in Torrance. Born in Downey, CA, Josephine was 94 when she died. Josephine worked for Spring Manor Retirement home for 31 years as a cook, enjoyed her family and family gatherings. She also enjoyed flowers and gardening. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, Jesse Arias, of Lake Isabella, CA, Yvonne Purkey of Torrance, CA, Geraldine Pura of Chula Vista, CA, and Stephen Arias of Palm Desert, CA. Also survived by 14 Grandchildren: Carl Purkey, Thomas Purkey, Michael Purkey & Ronald Purkey, Carole Arias (Jeter), Jesse Arias, Marilyn Arias (Finch), Jared Arias, Elaine Arias (Resendez), David Arias, Daniel Pura, Bradley Pura, Michael Pura, Lisa Pura (French); 17 Great Grandchildren: Michelle & Matthew Jeter, Lena & Ciji Arias, April Finch, Lesley & Jesse Arias, Bonnie & Daniel Resendez, David & Melinda Arias, Jerry Purkey, Sean Purkey, Matthew & Jessica Purkey, Danielle Pura, Samantha Pura and 22 Great Great Grandchildren: Tony, Andria, Tyler, Madison, Michael, Bradley, Sarah, Brandon, Brooklyn, Jared, Adryanna, Viviana, Alexi, Jordan and Jessie, LeLani, Benny, Tyler, Crystal, Randy, Jevin, & Matthew Jr. Preceded in death by Mother, Maria Monriquez and Father, Tomas Vargas. She is also preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Salias R. Arias & a great grandson, Nicholas R. Arias. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Thursday, December 15, 2005 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. The Service will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery Chapel on Friday, December 16, 2005 at 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. Grandma, I remember the time that you sent me to the dairy to get milk in the glass bottle. You gave me a quarter to by the milk and a little candy bar for myself. When I got back you ask me for the change. It was $0.06. You asks me if I bought candy for the whole world. You did not get mad at me then, but told me not to do it again. That’s what Grandma are for. I have other things I think about that are in my mind forever. I will miss you Grandma I love you. Marilyn

  2. Thank you Grandma for being you, for loving your family so much. Thank you for teaching me how to sew and for teaching me how to make tortillas. Thank you for all the years you gave us. Rest in peace and enjoy your reunion with Grandpa. Til we meet again……. Your loving Granddaughter, Carole

  3. You were such a role model for me. I am so happy about the talks we had recently. I am going to miss you. I never did learn how to make tamales, but they would have never been as good as your’s were. Just know I love you. Please say hi to Grandpa and Nicholas. Your daughter-in-law

  4. ~To Jesse and the entire Arias family~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With my deepest sympathies for your loss. I didn’t have the honor to know her, but she certainly sounds like a remarkable woman and sadly a great loss to your family. May God and the passage of time ease your pain. So very sorry, Linda

  5. I never knew your grandmother Carole but I just wanted to let you know that your family is in my Prayers and I’m so sorry for your lost..God Bless you and your family in the times of sorrow.

  6. I only knew her as grandma, and she always had a smile on her face and words of encouragement for me to do better with my life. I will remember her warmth and words of wisdom, everyone was special to her, Grandma we will miss you. God Blessed us with you.

  7. Thank you Grandma for all the love you shared with us through out the years, so many good memories that will last me a life time, God Bless you Your Loving Grand Daughter Elaine

  8. My Dearest Great Grandmother, My fondest memories of Christmas time are of going to your house every Christmas Eve. I loved your beautiful white Christmas tree and the tinsle!!! I will always cherish these memories. I look forward to sharing these holiday stories with my daughter. You are so truly loved.

  9. Great Grandma, I enjoyed the Christmas Eve’s we spent with you. I remember the joy in your eyes when my cousins and I sat around you as we opened our gifts together. I have many more memories that I hold close to my heart. Love Always…Infinity and Beyond. Your Great Granddaughter Michelle

  10. Great Grandma, I remember the holidays at your house. You were usually standing in the kitchen at the stove making sure we all (20-30 of us) had enough to eat and doing so with a smile on your face. I will miss those famous home made totillas of yours, but most of all I will miss the smiles. With Love, Always.

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