Amparo Pacheco-Rodriguez

10/24/1936 - 09/14/2014 Obituary
Amparo Pacheco-Rodriguez Obituary
Amparito was the youngest of six siblings born to Pablo and Josefina Pacheco in the little town of Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico. She is survived by her children, Norma (Eric), Liliana (Tom), Laura (Joe), Tony (Kris); and grandchildren, Alexis, Devin, Michael, Logan, Olivia, Max, Aidan, and Alec.
As a child, Amparo, along with two of her sisters, would fashion a stage made simply of a sheet and rope. They would spend hours entertaining neighborhood children with their musical numbers. Amparo found some of her greatest moments performing for friends and family. By the age of 14, Amparo began singing for a weekly, live musical broadcast on a local radio station. A pianist from the broadcast band took Amparo under his wing, educating her about songs that were best suited for her voice, helping to grow her musical talent and strengthen her ability. Her signature song, Espinita (little thorn), graced every performance. Along with a signature song, her stage name became Orcidia (Orchid), which perfectly depicted her grand and elegant performances. She was dazzling and easily captivated any audience. She was encouraged by many to pursue her career and make her way to Mexico City, but she knew the dangers she would face alone in the big city and chose not to pursue stardom.
At the age of 18, while visiting an aunt in San Francisco, the lovely Amparo's heart was won by the handsome Antonio Rodriguez. They married a year after meeting and had four children. Stardom was no match for the entertainment she provided to her family and friends at special events; but most importantly, her angelic voice melted away all the fears and cares of her babies, soothing them to sleep. Amparo's talents also included her delicious cooking and one-of-a-kind baking. Her coveted empanadas (apple turnovers) had her children and grandchildren tackling each other for them, as well as finding ways to sneak extras for later. The tedious process to make these delicious treats was never mentioned, but this labor of love will be greatly missed.
Our wonderful Amparo knew no stranger. Her compassionate heart broke for you, and she was more than willing to carry that burden alongside you. She prayed fervently and taught her family to always love one another, as well as those less fortunate. There is great comfort in the knowledge that our beautiful Amparo will be greeted by our precious and strong father, Antonio. They will happily reside with our glorious Heavenly Father in eternal peace and endless joy. Until we meet you again, Mom, your children, grandchildren, and friends will miss you profoundly.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane. A church service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle, 7100 Stockdale Hwy. For condolences please visit
Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 18, 2014
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