Margaret Casta?da Gonzales(1922 - 2012)

Margaret Casta?da Gonzales November 20, 1922 - November 6, 2012 Visitation with Rosary on Monday, November 12th, at 7:00 PM at St Joseph Church and Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, November 13th, at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Church. Burial to follow at Greenlawn Cemetery on River Blvd. On the sixth day of November, twenty-twelve, the Lord called Margaret Gonzales, 89, home. She was the oldest of seven children, born November 20, 1922 in Los Angeles, California to Victoriano and Luz Gonzales. She was baptized at the Mission La Purisima in Lompoc, California. Her family moved to Bakersfield when she was 18 years old in 1940. She is survived by her love, James Lopez Gonzales who she married in 1957, her brother-in-law Joe Gonzales and her sister-in-law Mary G. Cisneros. She is preceded in death by her four children, one lost to miscarriage and one stillborn, John Rene who survived 3 days and their precious Ricardo Gonzales who passed in 1994. She is also preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters, Silviano "Billy" Gonzales, Joe Gonzales, Mary Addington all of Bakersfield. Victor Gonzales of Asbury Park, NJ, Frances Navarette of Mira Mesa, CA and Johnny Gonzales of San Jose, CA., also her brothers and sisters-in-law Carmelo, Lino and Tony Gonzales, and Ramona Reyes, Lupe Rios and Frances Solis. She is also survived by her daughter Patricia Washington and husband Randy Washington and two precious grandchildren, Rachel Washington and Samuel Washington along with her neighbors who she considered her family, and the many nieces and nephews who she considered her children. She was a precious, amazing, strong loving woman. She was a sister, mother and caring friend to all. She worked as a farm laborer with her family prior to her marriage and as a homemaker after marrying her "Chuy" who was a loving provider husband and her best friend. She lived her life honestly and with love and laughter above all. She said her secret to life was laughter but it was no secret at all to those who knew her. For those who know her, knew well that her laughter was infectious and her love was a gift. Someday we will all see her again and we will all sing praises to the Lord for all eternity with the love and light that she shared with us on earth. www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 11, 2012