1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Sister, mother, grandmother, auntie, mentor and friend, Carmen was one of nine children, preceded in death by mother, Josephine Leiva; father, Tiburcio Salazar; brothers, Ruben Salazar, John Salazar and Tony Salazar; and beautiful sisters, Marie Mungary, Rosanne Barnes and Elena DeAnda; her best friend and lifelong partner in mischief. She is survived by sisters, Vivian Garcia and Carolina Holguin; her son, John Olivarez also preceded her in death.
She will be missed profoundly by those close to her, to whom she was so very dear, including daughter, Charmaine Rowe and son-in-law, Thomas Rowe; grandsons, Christopher and John Rowe; nephew, William Mungary and family; close friend, Luis Cervantes, and many others.
Carmen was an avid golfer and loved the game, playing until her 88th year. She competed in and won many tournaments over the years, including a number of county championships. Some of the highlights of her golfing life were playing at Pebble Beach and St. Andrews in Scotland. She loved teaching her young grandsons how to snow ski and ride horses. Another love and devotion in life was to her family's ranch on Cummings Mountain where she enjoyed spending many weekends with family and friends, caring for the land, patrolling with her, 22, watering her roses and vegetables and watching the deer.
Carmen was also a devoted and longtime member of the Board of Directors for Links to Life where she volunteered her time providing breast cancer education and outreach to Spanish speaking women throughout Kern County. Carmen was a woman for all seasons, loved living life to the fullest, experiencing all that life has to offer and cherished her independence. She enjoyed traveling, visiting Europe on several occasions. Another great pride and joy was in researching and preserving the legacy of her Californio heritage and her family's vaquero history with her favorite nephew Clinton. Carmen cared a lot about people and was always willing to help those in need. She had a unique way of making people feel special.
Our dear Carmelita will be greatly missed and remain in the hearts of her family and friends who find peace knowing she is in a better place, catching up with her brothers and sisters she missed so much and once again swinging the sticks with old friends. The family would like to give a special thanks to Anna and April from hospice and niece Ivy for helping to bridge the gap.
A visitation will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (1515 Baker St.) from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Historic Union Cemetery (730 Potomac Ave.)
For additional information please contact Basham-Hopson Funeral Care at 861-8200.
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 16, 2016
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