Josephine Delgado Enriguez

10/22/1919 - 02/19/2014 Obituary
Josephine Delgado Enriguez Obituary
Josephine Delgado Enriguez passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. She was 94 years old. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who loved her deeply for her loving and caring spirit. She made everyone feel special and no visit was complete until she personally blessed them.
Josephine was born October 22, 1919 in Miami, Arizona to Rebecca and Jose. She was the eldest of 9 children. Her family moved to Bakersfield where she resided for the rest of her life. She attended local schools. She met and married Ben Agundez. In her earlier years, she worked at Vaughn's clothing store, altering men's clothing, and she preferred being called a tailor instead of a seamstress. She always spoke of her bosses Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn with great admiration. Later in life she met Santos Enriguez and they were married for 27 years.
Busy raising her daughters, she made time for her passion for gardening. She had the most beautiful gardens in the neighborhood. She often cut bouquets of flowers for her children's teachers and her favorite bank teller. She recently told us she had 100 rose bushes and named one rose bush Bakersfield. She loved growing calla lillies, camellias, irises and cacti (for her special chili colorado and nopales recipes).
Josie was dedicated to her family. She loved celebrating family traditions which often included food, music and dancing. She was well known for her delicious homemade tortillas, spaghetti, and salsa which lured friends and family from all over. As one friend said, "She had a special place in my heart from the very first flour totilla."
Later in life, she enjoyed participating in her prayer group which led to many cherished friendships. Josie had a strong faith and as a prayer warrior, she loved praying for people and believed in miracles! She served as a interpreter for her Spanish speaking neighbors, a job she took very seriously. Her home was open to all.
We will always remember her infection smile, her great sense of humor, and her one-liners that would cause laughter in your soul. We will miss her.
She is survived by her brothers, Ralph Camacho and wife Fran, Frank Camacho and wife Delores; sisters Sarah Barron, Angie Martinez, and Eleanor Hernandez; her daughters Linda Mireles, Sandra Enriguez Elliott, Vicki (Enriguez) Steele and her husband Thomas, Eugene Enriguez Vargas and her family. Josie is also survived by her grandchildren whom she loved very much, Cindy Mireles, Darrell Mireles, Kelly (Elliott) Demestihas and her husband Evan, Ian Elliott, Lauren Lindsay, Kristin Lindsay, Jeffrey Steele, and Kristen (Steele) Watt and her husband Jeremy. She was blessed with 11 great-grandchildren Carla, Ernie, Candice, Alex, Danielle, George, Jimmy, Felicity, Holly, Adam, and Elise. Josie also had 6 great-great-grandchildren Kassandra, Kayleen, Kaselyn, Kyler, Jeffrey and Rylee.
Josie was preceded in death by her mother Rebecca Bonillla Alvarado; her husband Santos Enriguez; her brother Tony Camacho; her sisters Carrie Lugo and Eloise Yniquez.
A viewing is scheduled on Tuesday, February 27, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Avenue. A rosary is scheduled at St. Francis Church at 900 "H" St. on Friday, February 28, at 8:30 a.m. with a funeral mass at 9:00 a.m. officiated by Monsignor Craig Harrison. Following mass, a interment service will be held for Josephine Enriquez at Greenlawn Cemetery at 3700 River Blvd.
A special thanks to Josephine's best friend "Teresita" who encouraged and prayed for her throughout her two years at Glenwood Gardens, her cousin Nick who made several trips from Oakland to visit and bring her gifts, and finally Ronnie Cruz whom she considered to be a son for his love and concern that he showed her throughout the years.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 26, 2014
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