At 101 years old Tima Ayala lived a full life enriched by 6 children, 19 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. She passed away peacefully in her home in Gardena California in the presence of family and loved ones. Born in the town of Bernalillo near Albuquerque, New Mexico she moved to Los Angeles with her family at the age of 7. She married her beloved husband John Ayala April 11, 1933. John passed away on the exact same day in 2007, 7 years before her. Their daughter Marylou, preceded them in death. Tima was a devout Catholic, an active member of St. Anthony's Church. She was also a member of the Old Timer's Club in Gardena. She was a very social person and loved to host and attend events in her community, especially weekend poker games at her home. Her home was a special place for family as well. Most holidays and family events culminated at Tima's home with some of her special cooking. The family loved her banana nut bread and the 21 or so pumpkin pies she would bake and hand out at Thanksgiving. Tima loved to take long Sunday drives. She especially loved traveling each summer to her birth home in Albuquerque New Mexico to visit family and friends there. She would come home with sacks full of New Mexico green chile for her and Dad to enjoy all year long. A favorite memory of her family is the aroma of green chile roasting in their Gardena home. Tima was blessed with a long, loving life and exceptionally good heath - she never even had a headache. She will be missed and cherished by all who knew her.

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  1. The most beautiful grandmother, both inside and out, has left us to reunite with the most wonderful grandfather – her husband John. I picture the two of them sitting together in heaven watching over their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren just like they have our whole lives. My mind and heart is so full of wonderful memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life and pass down to the next generations. Grandma you will be missed. And, we are so blessed to have had you in our lives for so long. Grandpa has waited long enough and it’s his turn now. Please give him a hug and kiss from me.

    your loving grand daughter – Alicia

  2. I€™m so proud
    of Grandma and the life she lived. What a joyful – generous spirit she has. Remember
    how she use to bounce the babies on her knee and sing that little ditty? I
    loved watching her do that. I think we all got bounced by Grandma when we were
    little. Oh, and she always let us have candy (which was always available) €“ Awesome. I loved how she had her own
    bathroom and only girls were allowed to use it. I understand that now that I
    have three boys. Yup! There are so many sweet memories to hold dear, and I
    cherish every one of them.

    She has
    undoubtedly touched so many lives, even beyond our own family. I think of the
    hitchhikers she gave rides to back in the day so they wouldn€™t have to walk, and
    the hobos she left food for on her porch so they could have something to eat as
    they made their way through town, and who knows how many others she helped
    along the way. Every small act of kindness matters to someone. I bet there are
    so many grateful souls smiling at Grandma right now and welcoming her home. She
    must be in her glory-I know it.

    Like Alicia,
    I also see Grandma and Grandpa together and smiling at all of us. Seeing all of
    us must give them such a sense of joy and accomplishment. It€™s time for them to
    dance and to live €“ again.

  3. I feel so sad today when I think of all that we will miss now that she has gone. Her very essence will be missed; not to mention her effervescence. ™™™

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