Lupe Franco Perez(1934 - 2013)

Lupe Franco Perez February 15, 1934 - June 6, 2013 Lupe was one of 10 children born to Camilo and Tiburcia Franco. She passed away peacefully on June 6, 2013 with her family by her side. Lupe was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Parochial School. She met and married the love of her life Stanley R. Perez on November 16, 1957 and were married for 55 years. They had four children, Ray, Olivia, Rachel, and Martin. During her marriage she was not only a devoted and loving wife, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, but also a devout Catholic. She was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church for over 40 years where she was a faithful follower of Fr.Lorenzo, Fr. Angel Sotelo and Monsignor Ralph Belloumini. She was an active member of the Third Order Franciscans, a Cursillista and Catechism teacher. Lupe dedicated her life to her immediate and extended family, her church family and being a special "Nana or Noni" to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren who adored her! Lupe enjoyed hosting family barbeques, attending family reunions, and most of all hosting her annual Fourth of July get-together. Lupe was preceded in death by her parents Camilo and Tiburcia Franco, brothers Julio, Henry, and Charles Franco; and sister Frances Villanueva. She is survived by her husband Stanley R. Perez, sisters Mary Mendez, Josie Gallardo, Juanita Cordova, Mary-Lou Rodriguez and brother Tony Franco, along with her four children Ray and wife Lupe, Olivia, Rachel and Martin, 10 grandchildren, Phillip and Naomi, Rachelle and David Yubeta, Miguel, Ian, Robert, Ray, Spencer, Melissa and Sebastian; her great-grandchildren Marina, Joshua, Micayla, Cristien and Isabel. Special thanks to Dr. Khandaker and her favorite nurses Lisa and Maria. Our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother will be deeply missed but will remain in our hearts forever. On June 11, 2013 a viewing will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church, 900 H St. Bakersfield, Ca, from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. rosary will follow (at same location). On June 12, 2013 a funeral mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. with graveside services to be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, Ca.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 9, 2013