Sally Negrete, (Celia Barbara), a 50 year resident of Gardena/Torrance, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in Torrance. Born in Torrance, CA, Celia was 82 when she died. Sally had been involved with the Officer's Club on various Army bases worldwide during the times she was not residing in Gardena/Torrance. Sally was a professional poker player, she loved traveling and dancing and was passionate about music and world culture. She is survived by Daughter, Lisa Cherry, Son, Mark Negrete, Daughter, Monique Negrete-Mitchell of Redondo Beach, CA; 10 grandhildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: Mother, Elena Apodaca, Father, Octavio Apodaca, husband Rudy (Raul Negrete) and sons Rick (Richard Paul), Dave (David Steven), Randall Raoul. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories.

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  1. My ( Our) Mother was the strongest most vital woman I ever met. With 6 children and a Husband who served and was dispatched into 3 wars. She made sure we always had our home made meals and desserts, that our home was clean and that we were well mannered and clean. Mom lived the best life she could to the fullest. She loved music, dancing, laughing and entertaining with friends and her brothers and sisters who she loved very much. She was a flawless hostess and never turned anyone who wanted to join us for a meal away. She worked very hard. My Mom was also one of the most beautiful women I knew. I would marvel her beauty and grace as a child. She would also take us on many road trips to the beach and zoo. She loved being out in life. With the loss of my 3 older brothers she lost much of her vitality and spirit. That blow was unbearable. She spent the last 2 years being cared for by her only remaining son, my brother Mark. She was happy to be home and cared for by Mark. My sister and I along with our children, Alex, Gigi, and Cecily and her husband John would visit her as often as we could and were so grateful to Mark for his care. I have discovered that the connection to your mother is never severed. The illusion of autonomy has been exposed. We are in pain over the loss of our mother and the rest of our family. We have no choice but to carry on, and are grateful to still have each other. We are still connected to our loved ones even though they are no longer here in this world our connection remains.

  2. Dear Mom, So this is sad. No matter how hard you try, I guess you’re never ready for this to happen. Thank you for trusting me. I’m trying my best to take care of everything for you. Kevin, Gigi, Kimo and Spirit & I will miss you. Gigi really wanted you to meet Ziggy. Next time. I’m sure dogs go to heaven, too. I just hope more than anything that you feel at peace. I know you wanted to be home more than anything so we tried our best to make that comfortable for you. Feel free to come visit us at any time. You can let us know you’re there or just me, or you can keep private about it. Your choice. Take care, Mom. Peace out. Love, Niki

  3. My lovely grandmother..Mom. One of my favorite people ever. Tthe magnitude at which you will be missed is beyond my comprehension. Knowing you are no longer on this earth is so painful and sad. Please dance and laugh and look after us all. I love you and miss you….

  4. My deepest sympathies on the loss of my lovely cousin, Sally. I always thought your Mother to be one of the most beautiful “Ivory Girls” and flawless. Rudy and Sally were always one of the most handsome couples, as well. I know she is happy to be with her husband and sons, and will watch over all of you. Monica Frey (Marie Negrete Diaz’ granddaughter).

  5. Mrs. Negrete was an amazing and beautiful woman. She was a dedicated wife and mother that kept a beautiful home. I have such fond memories of her growing up. With a large family she still always welcomed me into her home with kindness and a smile, to stay over, share meals. I also have special memories of family Birthdays and Holidays in her warm kitchen. Some of my favorite hoilidays were spent with the Negrete family. I even have enjoyed a few trips with Niki, Sally and Rudy in my young adult years to Las Vegas. I will miss her. Deepest Sympathies to all the family.

  6. Dear Sally – you were such an important and wonderful part of my life; I’ll always remember the happy family times. Rest in peace and in the memories of those who love you.

  7. Sally was always a warm and sweet person to me and she always treated me well whenever we saw each other. I will always have good memories of her and wherever she is now, she knows how much she ment to her family and that she is forever loved. Rest well Sally.

  8. Dear Aunt Sally, I will always remember you as being beautiful,vibrant,always laughing and loving to dance. You truly enjoyed being surrounded by your family. Your last few years were rough ones but I would like to think that you are at peace now and that you are dancing with the stars! Your niece – Cathy

  9. Sally was my mother-in-law and grandmother to my only daughter, Gigi. Sally had many grandchildren who she was close with. When my daughter was with her, you saw the instant bond they had when they played cards and I believe that they both really enjoyed that time. Gigi liked visiting her, playing games and swimming at the condo. Sally never let their difference in age get in the way of their friendship. Our last outing together was to a Dodger game last year and though Sally had some difficulty getting around, the girls had a good time. We’ll miss you Sally.

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