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March 29, 2014
Hi Dad,

A year ago today was our last day to enjoy your conscience sparkling personality. Thank God cousin John stopped by to see you the night before. When he walked in he saw how hard of a time we were having trying to wake you up to take your much needed medicine, he immediately took over. John with his loud rugged voice said, "Uncle Joe wake up!" You barely opened your eyes but you heard him and replied, "Hey John" and you tried so hard to swallow your medicine, and you did. That medicine is what kept you alive Dad for the entire month of March. I will be eternally grateful to John for what he was able to accomplish, he gave us you 1 more day. What a wonderful family we have Dad. We are so lucky to have such a large family and that's what you always wanted, to always be together. A year ago this month of March was such a whirl wind ride being with you. You gave all of us a reason to be together. We had so much fun and did we have some wonderful meals and the sweets, um what can I say. Dad you were like a little boy in a candy store. How you loved your strawberry milkshakes and your "Stogies" cookies that resembled cigars. We got to celebrate Loretta's and my birthdays and our last holiday, Easter. Every day was a celebration of life. So many family and friends came over to be with you. When they'd walk in your eyes would light up. Everybody loves you Dad! When the girls and I came over that morning wondering if we were going to have 1 more day with you, boy did you surprise us. You were awake. I knew the end was near. I didn't want to think beyond that day. You had woken up in the middle of the night like you did every night hungry, wanting to eat your oranges and your "Sneaker" candy bar. Complaining to us mom wouldn't let you have your candy bar. We were going to enjoy every minute with you, not knowing that was going to be our last day. That day Patricia gave you a little shower that you enjoyed so much. You came out of the bathroom in the transport, you wanted to be in the family room that you had built. You told me for the first time that you were scared, cold and you asked me to hold your hand. We covered you in the beautiful hospice blanket that was given to you as a gift and I put your hand in my hand and I held on for dear life. You slept a lot Dad that day and you did eat for the last time. I think in away we girls knew that today was going to be our last day with you. This time you asked to go to bed which you never did before. You hated sleeping in your hospital bed, but you promised 1 of the hospice workers that you would. You were always a man of your word and you would tell us, "Why did I open my mouth and promised her that." Anyway Dad, I'm just reminiscing our day together a year ago. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU SO MUCH! Thank you for giving us this wonderful month of March, it was and honor and such a pleasure to be with you.

Love,

Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. Spring training is over the season of baseball is about to begin. I'm sure you know that the S.F. Giants lost the 2 last games playing in the exhibition games against the Oakland A's. Today was their final last game and it was rained out. I hope the S.F. Giants do better this year than last year. A little help from heaven would help.
January 1, 2014
Dear Dad,

"Happy New Year's, Dad!" Today is the beginning of a new year but also today it's been 9 months since you and Aunt Mary left us. I can't believe it's almost been a year without the both of you. Last night we were invited to Mary Jones home. Now that Loretta and Li'l Michael are staying with her, Loretta made one of her delicious Mexican meals. I know you would had been there with us to celebrate the new year. You may have not stayed till midnight, but I know you would had wanted to be with us like you always do, in my heart. Being together as a FAMILY has always been so important to you and it will continue through us. We had such a great time being with Mary and her family. Last night was Uncle Joe Torres 8th Anniversary of not being with us. Yesterday, Kathy, Arturo and their family were at the Grand Canyon celebrating Uncle Joe's and Aunt Mary's life by releasing some of their ashes together. What a beautiful moment it must have been to have done this and on one of the most difficult days of Kathy's life, to have lost her dad on this day will now be remembered by this special memory. You know Dad, Uncle Vidal's Anniversary is this Friday, the 3rd. It's going to be 39 years for Aunt Mary and my cousins to have been without a husband and a dad. That has got to be so hard for all of them. Uncle Vidal missed out on so much of all their lives. He was taken from them at such a young age, but he should also be so proud of what a wonderful job Aunt Mary has done being a single mother in raising all 6 of her children and alone at that. I shouldn't even complain, I was so lucky to have had you with me for 54 years. Doesn't mean I don't miss you, I always will. Let's see what 2014 has in store for all of us Dad. This year Alyssa will be graduating from college and on to graduate school, Jessica from high school to college and Li'l Michael will be leaving St. Basil's to go on to high school. Adelina (Addy) will be turning "1" on the 14th. In some ways this past year has flown by so fast, because life goes on living. But a part of me died right along with you Dad. I don't know how to explain it. I just want all of us to stay healthy and succeed in our careers. I know you're always keeping an eye on all of us. Please don't take anyone else in our family to Heaven right now. There is enough of you in Heaven to keep you busy and entertained. Happy New Year's to all of you and please give my love. I LOVE YOU DAD!

Love,

Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. This time last year we were starting to get excited that the S.F. 49er's possibly had the chance to go to the Super Bowl. They're in the playoffs this year. Will see!!
Along with Grandmas angel in the flower arrangement I made for you both I added a miniature S.F. Giant's baseball cap for you. I hope you like it, because it's you. You were an awesome cather and for the passion you had for baseball. I always wonder if you're playing any baseball in Heaven. If you are, "Throw them out in Heaven, Dad!"
December 25, 2013
Dear Dad,

"Merry Christmas, Dad!" We're spending our 1st Christmas without you. Today we got together at Patricia's home like we always do to celebrate Christmas. I bet your ears were burning. Our stories and memories of you are unforgettable. Today was a happy day because our family was together, but also a sad day because not only were you not there but neither was Loretta. She had to work, our family was incomplete. It was so hard not having you both at the table enjoying your meals that Patricia had cooked with such love. Even after eating your large meal you couldn't wait to get to the delicious desserts. Dad, how you and I enjoyed our sweets. I've totally cut back for health reasons, and actually I feel so much better. One of our topics of conversation this evening was how you loved those "Stogies" in reality they were the Pepperidge Farm creme filled Pirouette Rolled Wafers. How you had all of us in March eating them with you or should I say putting them in our mouth as if they were a cigar. Oh Dad, how we miss you so much. I still can't believe you're not here with us anymore. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas in Heaven with the family. Always remember I need you and that I love you so very much.

Love,

Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. Please always keep an eye on us, I know you do. Loretta applied for a new job at Napa State Hospital this month. We're just waiting for the response. She needs to find a job closer to home and that is more secure. Please see what you can do to help her. Her commute to Healdsburg is way too far and her job is very unstable right now. We need some good news right now for this family.
December 18, 2013
Dear Dad,

Today, December 18, is my wedding anniversary. You did me the honor 9 years ago today to walk me down the aisle to marry the love of my life, Jonathan. You looked so handsome and proud in your tuxedo. I have been so blessed to have had 2 wonderful men in my life. I thought it was so cute when you joined Jonathan and I on the stage and ate with us instead at the guest table. It was always the 3 of us together. How Jonathan loved you so, he always will. Your the Dad he never had, that's why he called you Dad. How he wished he had met you earlier. You took him under your wing just like you did with everybody. Everybody misses you and loves you so much. Do you remember our dance Dad at the wedding? We danced to "Always Forever" by Heatwave. You were the one who showed me how to dance when I was a little girl. You took me to all those Mexican dances you and mom use to attend. You asked me if I was now happy, how could I've not been, being with the 2 most important men on one of the most important days of my life. Our immediate family was in our wedding and Michael marrying us made it that much more special. The rest of our dear family and friends were there also to celebrate. It was a perfect Christmas Wedding. Today is a happy day for me Dad, but also a sad day, because you are not here with us. Today I was in Napa picking up a case and also seeing my dentist hoping I would see your vehicle again on the road. You know my intent, if I'm lucky enough next time I'm going to follow it and hopefully meet the new owner. I need to know who he is. I get very emotional every time I drive to Napa. You still haven't come into my dreams, why Dad? I need to see you and feel your presence. It's been a little over 8 months since you left us and it's going to be really hard not to have you here on Christmas Day.
This summer Jonathan and I built our fence facing Jerry. You would be so proud of us Dad. It turned out so beautiful. It has a hidden gate and it's about 8 feet tall. We stained every board before nailing it up. If you had been here I know you would of been right along helping us like you always did. This fence is not coming down, it is so strong and sturdy. Uncle Ray came over to see it, and was amazed of the way we constructed it and built it. He said he had never seen a fence like this before. It was a wonderful complement to hear.
Dad, tomorrow is Grandma Torres anniversary. It will be 5 years since she left us. Please tell her how much I miss her, love her and also think of her everyday. All my family is disappearing on me. It's hard Dad really hard. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU!

Love,

Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. Tank went to the vet today. He's 30 pounds overweight. He needs to cut back on food and also be walked. Keep an eye on him, he really misses you too! My love to the whole family.
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