Mercedes Casarez Arambula

02/23/1932 - 10/14/2014 Obituary
Mercedes Casarez Arambula Obituary
Mercedes Casarez Arambula, 82, passed away October 14, 2014. She was born in Los Angeles, California on February 23, 1932. She was one of eight children born to Angel Casarez and Otilia Martinez Casarez. Mercedes, or better known to her siblings as Mercy, was educated in Delano schools.
She married Tom R. Arambula in 1950, whom preceded her in death. They were married for 50 years. Shortly after they were married, they moved to Blythe, CA where she became a Cafeteria Manager for the Palo Verde Unified School District. It was here where she became aware of the high poverty rate in the community in which she worked. As a result, she began the very first breakfast program in her school for students before they became more prevalent in school districts across the nation. Mercedes also believed strongly in education and was an advocate for minority students and students with special needs and limited English children. She would speak up for them when they were being unfairly treated or were misunderstood by students and/or adults.
In 1968, Mercedes and her family moved back to the Bakersfield area. When she became a grandmother and her grandchildren began school, she volunteered on a consistent basis at their school. She volunteered so much so that the principal of the school told her that she might as well get paid for her time. Shortly after, Mercy was hired as a Teacher's Assistant with the Bakersfield City School District. She was a very talented and gifted Teacher's Aide and had such wonderful gifts working with children. She encouraged and motivated those who had little faith in themselves to continue achieving their goals. Mercy retired in 2005 after 33 years of service.
Mercy came from humble beginnings and honored others by treating them with respect and dignity. She was an extremely generous person and always extended a helping hand to those in need. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great grandmother who loved her family deeply. She touched and enriched the lives of her family; she will be missed immensely.
Mercedes is survived by her children, Rita Arambula Verde (Francisco), Nora Arambula Gonzalez, and Tomas Arambula (Jaime); grandchildren Isabel Gonzalez, Vivian Gonzalez, Juan Tomas Gonzalez, Elisha Wilkerson (Michael), Rosalinda Verde, and Gabriel Verde; great grandchildren, Dominique Martinez (Jessica), Cheyenne Martinez, Gianna and Ethan Aguirre, Aneesa and Tomas Ochoa, Tomas Daniel and Evie Arambula, Izreal Gonzalez, great-great granddaughter Annalise Martinez, sisters Lillian Uriaz, Mary Ellen Mata and Lupe Rangel; brother in law Louie Arambula, nephews Andrew J. Espinoza, Matthew and Paul Arambula, and an extended family of Casarez' and Arambulas.
Visitation will be held at Delano Mortuary-Dignity Memorial at 707 Browning Rd. Delano, CA 93215 on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 4-8pm; and the rosary service at 6pm. The funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church 1015 Clinton St., Delano, CA 93215 on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:00am. Burial will follow at North Kern Cemetery-Delano.
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 18, 2014
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