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Mary Ellen Heredia Obituary
Mary Ellen Heredia Resident of Antioch Mary Ellen Heredia was born on November 12, 1945 in Antioch, CA to Mary and Ray Heredia Sr., third of six children. Early in life, she took on a nickname that resulted in "Mena", as she was known to her family. From an early age, Mary Ellen demonstrated exceptional academic abilities. She graduated 11th in the Class of 1963 from Antioch High School. She was also a graduate of Diablo Valley College. She held a variety of jobs, from working at Sears to a long tenured career as a legal administrative assistant for Dow Chemical. Before retiring, Mary Ellen worked at various school sites in Antioch Unified School District. Mary Ellen really enjoyed learning new things, from crocheting, to needlepoint, and was a devoted crossword puzzle fan. She had a special fondness for San Francisco, and enjoyed the arts and performances. She was a devout reader of books, a vocal advocate and "Friend of Antioch Library". She was a long-time Disney fan, and enjoyed the smiles and laughter of her nieces and nephews when they received their special gifts from her. She remembered many holidays and birthdays, always quick to send a greeting card to those she loved. Her thoughtfulness and generosity were unparalleled. Mary Ellen passed from this life to an eternal life with God, on March 10, 2011. Mary Ellen is survived by her parents, Ray and Mary Heredia of Antioch; her sisters Laura Jean Britto and Christine Wheat, of Antioch; sister-in-law, JoAnn Heredia of Pittsburg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Tony, Ray Jr., and Joan. A casual gathering will be held to honor Mary Ellen's life, on Monday, March 28 from 6 to 8pm at Delta Realtors Conference Ctr, 3428 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 200, Antioch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Antioch Library, 1750 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill.
Published in Contra Costa Times from Mar. 25 to Mar. 27, 2011
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