Luz
Sanchez, Luz of Redondo Beach , passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 in Torrance, CA. She was born in Mexico on April 21, 1903. Luz is survived by her beloved daughters, Lucinda (Mrs. Andrew) Guillen and Gloria Goray, both of Redondo Beach, CA. She is the blessed grandmother of nine, great grandmother of 20 and great, great grandmother of five. Visitation will be Sunday, July 21, 2002 from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at WHITE & DAY MORTUARY, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266. Rosary recitation will be the same evening at 7:00 P.M., also at White & Day Mortuary. Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, July 22, 2002 at 10:00 A.M. at American Martyrs Catholic Church , 624 15th St., Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266. Interment will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

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  1. I miss my grandma; she touched us all with so many fond memories. Even the stern discipline she dished out when we were kids were character builders to make us strong conscientious adults. When Grandma gave me a good scolding, “TRIPA LAVADA” it was followed up later in the day with “Johnny I makey tortillas especially for you”. In Grandmas latter years she knew at three o\’clock I\’d go to work, if her door to her room was closed she would open it before three o\’clock so she could see me off, “you go to work now? Okay, no worky hard, makey money. God be you”. I\’d wave to her as I walked out. I\’m going to miss her blessing everyday and coming from a person I knew worked hard all her life I know she appreciated the hard working people. I could sit here and think of numerous stories and countless of wisdom from this lady of great character but I\’ll end with one of her favorite sayings, “Dios te lo page” she would say for any act of simple kindness one would give her. Grandma, “Dios te lo page” for all you\’ve done for us. I miss you. Give a big hug to Rosie for me.

  2. Hi Everyone, I\’ll never forget Great Grandma for her lava-tivas(I don\’t think I spelled that right)but EVERYONE knows what I mean! AND don\’t forget her infamous ninja like techniques with her shoes!! Ha!, Her “no sitting on the couch”, and her FAMOUS quote “God, gonna punishy you, or get outta here”, was echoed as you were trying to run away! But I will NEVER forget the acts of love and kindness she had, like when I had Christian. She gave me a little black book with Mother Mary holding Jesus and said “this is for you and CJ, may Mother Mary look after you and CJ”. To this day I have that book and I carry it with me EVERYDAY!(Since the day she gave it to me 10 years ago!) Great Grandma, I love you and I hope you and Mother Mary look after me, forever! Love, Yvette

  3. OOOOO……Lava-tivas. It\’s funny that this is something all(young and old) have in common.:) Whenever I think of Great-Grandma a smile comes to my face.(No not the lava-tivas) I remember her smiling face whenever any of us went in to visit her room. And when she would say “EHH” when we would make her mad.(Uncle Johnny does the impression the best) I\’ll miss you Great-Grandma, but I know you\’re in good company. I\’m sure Mom is busy showing you the sights. I feel very lucky to have family, though disfunctional:),like ours. And though we find it hard to tell each other “I Love You”. I know we all love each other infinitely. I Love You ALL!!! Richard

  4. The Younger Years I always thought \’Tripa Lavada\’ was a term of endearment 😉 She taught us respect \’You makey foolish of me? You have no managers!\’. She instilled discipline in us – the Guillens\’ grew up with very strong values, and it continues to show in our character, strength, and family unity. Her Sense of Humor, Humility, Strength About a month ago I remember Mama was having a hard time getting Grandma out of bed. She didn\’t want to get up that morning and Mama was getting flustered because she wanted her up and changed so that Grandma could have her breakfast. I reminded Mama that she can\’t expect for Grandma to do all the things that she was doing when she was 98 years old ;-). Anyway, I suggested we give her a sponge bath and change her clothes and bedsheets while she was still in bed (I didn\’t go to nursing school for nothing ;-). We got her cleaned up and the bed changed – not an easy task for a 75 year old and a 50 year old woman (har-har). Grandma was still fiesty and calling out in her LOUD voice, and I told her \’You know what you need? for us to say the Rosary together – may be that will calm you down\’. Mama was still flustered – so we just said an Our Father and 3 Hail Mary\’s, as I stroked her hair soothingly. Grandma got settled down a little, but she was still a hand full…..and then….UncleJ stands at the doorway to see what he could see….and Grandma did a loud \’HA!\’ and started clapping loudly with a big smile – all of that for Johnny – He was the \’main event\’. Mama looked at me, and we both laughed, and later that day she got up and sat in her chair – on her own terms 😉 Her Wisdom I remember on one of Grandma\’s birthdays – 93 or 94 years old…Grandma was reading a card from me without glasses!! she read it out loud holding the card very close to her face, and then she said from “Nora and Al !”, but I had only written my name. I felt so \’foolish\’ for not including Al – it was a force of habit from being alone for so long. Since then I learned to always include Al. Grandma taught me the importance of family unity. Your spouse or \’significant other\’ should always be included and treated as someone special, someone truly \’significant\’ – I will never forget this lesson. Her Love Sunday after the Rosary service – when I got home I went straight to the restroom and when I flicked on the light – I got a brilliant white flash and the lighbulb went out \’Se apago la Luz\’. I felt like Grandma was saying goodbye to me 😉 yet her \’light\’ will always shine on in our hearts. Grandma I love you! Enjoy paradise you deserve it!

  5. I remember that when I was about 10 or 11 years old, that my grandmother used to come up from Los Angeles, during the summer, to our home in Sunnyvale. My mom and dad were at work so my grandmother would watch over us (my sister Gilda, my brother David, and me!). One summer day, as a strong husky pre-adolescent, I was trying to move what seemed like an enormous log from our backyard. I guess my grandmother (all 5\’2″ of her) got frustrated with my attempts and so she came over and moved the log for me! I couldn\’t believe my eyes. I was amazed by her brute strength! From that moment on, I knew not to mess around or disrespect my grandmother. I knew at that time that I wasn\’t to give her any lip. This new found respect wasn\’t to “Big Bad John” or any other such legend, but rather to my own grandma! Boy, that woman was strong! I obeyed her all that summer and was glad that I did. While I have many memories of my grandmother, this “log” incident is still my fondest rememberance. My son Nicholas knew this incredible woman also. His favorite memory is that of her always smiling, just beaming and grinning from ear to ear whenever he visited with her.

  6. I remember that when I was about 10 or 11 years old, that my grandmother used to come up from Los Angeles, during the summer, to our home in Sunnyvale. My mom and dad were at work so my grandmother would watch over us (my sister Gilda, my brother David, and me!). One summer day, as a strong husky pre-adolescent, I was trying to move what seemed like an enormous log from our backyard. I guess my grandmother (all 5\’2″ of her) got frustrated with my attempts and so she came over and moved the log for me! I couldn\’t believe my eyes. I was amazed by her brute strength! From that moment on, I knew not to mess around or disrespect my grandmother. I knew at that time that I wasn\’t to give her any lip. This new found respect wasn\’t to “Big Bad John” or any other such legend, but rather to my own grandma! Boy, that woman was strong! I obeyed her all that summer and was glad that I did. While I have many memories of my grandmother, this “log” incident is still my fondest rememberance. My son Nicholas knew this incredible woman also. His favorite memory is that of her always smiling, just beaming and grinning from ear to ear whenever he visited with her.

  7. I remember that when I was about 10 or 11 years old, that my grandmother used to come up from Los Angeles, during the summer, to our home in Sunnyvale. My mom and dad were at work so my grandmother would watch over us (my sister Gilda, my brother David, and me!). One summer day, as a strong husky pre-adolescent, I was trying to move what seemed like an enormous log from our backyard. I guess my grandmother (all 5\’2″ of her) got frustrated with my attempts and so she came over and moved the log for me! I couldn\’t believe my eyes. I was amazed by her brute strength! From that moment on, I knew not to mess around or disrespect my grandmother. I knew at that time that I wasn\’t to give her any lip. This new found respect wasn\’t to “Big Bad John” or any other such legend, but rather to my own grandma! Boy, that woman was strong! I obeyed her all that summer and was glad that I did. While I have many memories of my grandmother, this “log” incident is still my fondest rememberance. My son Nicholas knew this incredible woman also. His favorite memory is that of her always smiling, just beaming and grinning from ear to ear whenever he visited with her.

  8. Hello Familia, This is difficult for me to share my memories of my beloved Grandmother, because I have so many. As a child grandma always made me feel like I as special. She would buy plums and oranges and hide them in the refrigerator and tell me were they were at. I would go and get two plums and we would eat it together in our room. Everytime I would cry she would bring me an orange. Once I asked her why would she do that and she said that she knew how much I liked oranges and it would make stop crying because I had to eat it. Once as a teen I actually was angry with grandma because I wanted the radio in the livingroom on so that I could practice some dance steps while in my bedroom and she would turn it off. My father called me to his room and told me to put myself in grandma\’s place. How could he be angry with someone who is saving him electricity if no one is in the room it shouldn\’t be on. Grandma would always turn the lights out and conserve engery. Now I do the same. She would always get after us to behave like a lady and I found myself doing the same to my daughters. Who are now lovely ladies and starting families of their own. As an adult grandma gave me a beautiful compliment she told me that I was a lot like my Mother. I feel that my Mom is a lot like my grandmother. I\’m not sure I deserve such a compliment, but I will always cherish it. Grandma taught me a lot physically, mentally and spiritally. I like who I am today and I love my grandmother for helping me be the person that I am. She made me feel special and she will always be special to me. Grandma I know you will enjoy your new pradise and when my time comes I know that you will welcome me and make me feel special again. With all my Love your Granddaughter Eva

  9. Eulogy Hi All, I was asked to include the eulogy I read at the mass services on this web site – so here it is… God Bless Love Tia Nora —————————- Luz Sanchez 21 Apr 1903 – 16 Jul 2002 Grandma was a strong, high-spirited, independent woman. She was an immigrant from Chihuahua, Mexico who came with her Mother and brothers to live in El Paso, Texas. She raised two daughters as a single mother during the depression. When asked what made her move to California – since she didn’t have any relatives living here. She said ‘because there was gold on the sidewalks’. Which meant that she came to California with the intention of providing a better life for her family – even if it meant working two jobs to make ends meet. Grandma was a seamstress. During World War II they were commissioned by President Roosevelt to make parachutes. She was proud to be in America, and always wanted to be an American citizen. The times were hard, and she met each challenge with Perseverance, Faith and Hope. Most of us remember her as Grandma – she helped raise the majority of us gathered here today. Her home base was at my parents home – but when she was needed she would stay for months or even years to help other family members while they were growing and building their young families. Grandma’s hands were never idle, she would wake up at day break and start her day; cleaning, gardening, sewing, cooking, washing dishes, and yet always made quiet time to read her bible and recite the Rosary. All of us can remember the sound of the rolling pin at work, and the smell of freshly-made tortillas. Grandma expected the same productivity from all of us, and when we didn’t meet up to her high-expectations she would rebuke us strongly. Yes, she could be difficult. Yes, she could put us to shame. We were all challenged in our response to her. From these experiences we were called to practice the virtues of Patience and Obedience. In retrospect if you feel you did not respond kindly to Grandma, or didn’t visit her often enough, or weren’t as charitable in her care giving, or didn’t spend quality time with her – don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t give up Hope in yourself. Everyday we have opportunities to renew and grow in spirit. Grandma was human with all her strengths and weaknesses. Yet none of us can deny –that from her good example, Grandma was a beacon of light who put into action the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Humility, and Perseverance. Whenever you were in good graces with Grandma (especially in her elderly years) you received a special blessing from her; When you came to visit and took the time to stop by her room – she would greet you with applause and laughter. You were the main event! When you provided the simplest act of kindness for her, such as, emptying her basin, bringing her a glass of water, combing her hair – she would always say ‘Gracias, que Dios te repaga’ ‘Thank you, may God repay you’. If you spent any amount of time with her – you would have come to recognize her great spirit for life and a wonderful sense of humor. When you stopped in to say good-bye – she would make the sign of the cross on your forehead and ask God to make you a Saint. “La mano Mama?” “Que Dios te haga una Santa”. My Grandmother was also my Godmother, and I am honored to have had such a strong spiritual role model. She taught me the power of prayer. My Godmother has left me with the gift of reciting the Rosary daily – my heart burns with the desire to grow more in Faith. The good Lord has Grandma with her now because it was her time to be with Him. The rest of us will miss her dearly. Her name was “Luz”, which means light. Keep her light burning in your heart always. To those younger family members – I encourage you to ask questions about her life – from her 99 years of experiences you will continue to learn and grow in your own lives. Remember – it is how we respond to difficult people – or life’s challenges that enable us to grow in spirit. Pray that you can be a beacon of light when challenged in your every day choices. Pray for Peace in our families. Pray for the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Humility, Patience, Perseverance and Obedience. In closing, I leave you with the Pentecost Prayer given to us by Our Lady – Mother Mary. “Spirit of Christ, stir me; Spirit of Christ, move me; Spirit of Christ, fill me; Spirit of Christ, seal me. Consecrate in me Your heart and will O Heavenly Father. Create in me a fountain of virtues. Seal my soul as Your own, that Your reflection may be a light for all to see. Amen”

  10. Hello family, This is a fitting day (Date 8/16/02) to pay tribute to Grandma. On 8/16/1969 I was married to one of Grandma’s Grand Daughters, dear sweet Rosie, may she rest in peace. But, now that Rosie is in heaven with Grandma I am sure Grandma has given Rosie some additional angelic tasks to do! I have many memories of Grandma. She lived with Rosie, Richard and I for several years. She always made the best homemade burritos for me to take to lunch. Got on my case when I did not ‘feel’ like going to work because I was not feeling well. At the time I would get mad at her, but looking back. She had a no nonsense work ethic. I learned many things from her. She actually ‘saved my life’ once! And, perhaps the lives of others! It was about 1972 or 1973; I was packing my car after spending the evening with the Guillens for Richards’s birthday. Some ‘punks’ drove by and stopped they asked me why I yelled obscenities at them. I told them I was not even looking their way and said nothing! They just were looking a fight. There were three of them, they started pushing and shoving me. So, I ran into the house and grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and started to go back out side, but Grandma grabbed me from behind and held me with, what seemed like supernatural strength. (Thank God) I could not free myself. I finally calmed down and handed the knife to grandma. I will NEVER forget Grandma, what you did for me that night for preventing something that could have changed lives forever. For that I am eternally grateful to you. And to steal a line that Johnny wrote in his tribute: “I miss you. Give a BIG hug to Rosie for me too.” LOVE, BRUCE

  11. With love to my Mother, you showed me how to be a good mother, wife, grandmother,and now a great-grandmother. God gave me a wonderful family for this I am thankful. Mama you showed me that hard work doesn\’t kill anyone, but makes us stronger. You lived a long life and I thank the good Lord for letting me have you this long, to love you and care for you like you did when I was growing up. I love you Mama and miss you so much but I know you\’re resting and you are with the rest of your departed family and my beloved daughter Rosie. Please watch over us from heaven above. Love, your daughter Lucinda

  12. Great Grandma we love and miss you! I can remember as a kid when you lived with us walking to the mall with you and you would always buy me a hamburger from Bob\’s Big Boy and sometimes the waiter wouldn\’t understand your broken up English and get our orders wrong or sometimes only give us one burger instead of two, and you would always let me have the burger and you would just sit and wait for me to eat and maybe pick on a fry or two. Your presence is truly going to be missed at Grandmas house. Love you always! God bless our family and as Great Grandma would of said “God Bless America!” -Tony H.

  13. Oh, Great Grandma…. You were truly one tuff cookie and that\’s why we loved you so much! Any of our friends that came over to the “Herrera” house when we were kids knew that when G-Gram was staying over…. They weren\’t coming in the house, and if they did…. they were prepared to get chased out with the broom. I remember going into her room and she would always be reading the bible and she would have “The Pledge of Allegiance” written on a peice of paper folded up in her bible and she would read it and then try and say it by herself but could never get the whole thing and then we would help her finish and when she would get done she would say “eh, I did it” There are so many good memories.. I remember I would spend all my summer and x-mas vacations at Grandpa&Grams house and when Gram & Gramp were still working there would be a 1 or 2 hour time frame were it would be just me and great grandma there and she would sit there and I would lay on her lap and she would rub my back or play with my hair… she taught me how to chrochet 1 time and I never had the patience to do it again. No matter which one of us kids it woulld be that went in her room to say hi to her she would always ask “How\’s your mama”? She was always sympathetic to us. I Love You Great-Grandma, and Miss You Dearly but you lived a wonder long life with us and I know you are in a peacful place with my Tia Rosie. Please continue watching over us. God Bless – xoxo

  14. My Grandma, I remember how strict she was with me when I was young, but she brought us up with morals. And she did the same with my kids – she helped me out a lot. What I miss the most is how she took care of me when I was sick. She would massage my back with Vicks and rub my aches and pains away. I really enjoyed staying in bed while Grandma catered to me when I was sick. All that was gone when I got married – now I cater to everyone else! I miss you Grandma! Love you I’ll see you soon! very soon!!! Gloria Jean

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