Raquel "Mami" Contreras June 1, 1931 - December 12, 2012 Raquel "Mami" Contreras, 81, of Bakersfield, CA, drifted to Heaven with her family by her side on December 12, 2012. Raquel was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico on June 1, 1931 to Alfredo and Manuela Cantu and had 8 siblings. Raquel married Pedro Contreras in Rancho de Rosita in Matamoros and was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. A long time resident of California, Raquel spent her life taking care of her family without hesitation. Raquel had a sharp, humorous personality and was adored by her family and friends. Raquel enjoyed knitting, sewing, dancing, music, and spending time with her family. Raquel is survived by her spouse of 63 years, Pedro Contreras; her sons, Pedro Contreras Jr, and Carlos (Cathy) Contreras; her daughters, Leonor (Jose) Zapata, Diana (George) Marquez, Graciela (David) Cuellar, Elizabeth (Gustavo) Juacquez, and Raquel (Freddy) Castaneda; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Raquel is pre-deceased in death by her sons Hector and Ubaldo Contreras. Services will be held on Thursday December 20, 2012 at 10 am at Tehillah Church, 3515 Mt Vernon. The funeral ceremony will immediately follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the family, friends, and neighbors, the doctors and nurses, and the staff of Hoffman Hospice for their care, support, and blessings. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 18, 2012