Aurora Maria Rodriguez Nov. 3, 1938 ~ Jun. 16, 2013 Resident of Walnut Creek Aurora died after a courageous battle with Mylodyplastic Syndrome (MDS). She had been in remission from cancer since 2001, but contracted MDS as a result of the strong chemo she received over a span of 10 years when she was battling lymphoma. Aurora was born in Houston, Texas, one of thirteen children, to Maria and Francisco Borrego, who immigrated from Coahuila, Mexico in the 1920's. She was a resident of Walnut Creek for forty years. Aurora went to elementary and high school in Houston. After she graduated from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, and Rudy graduated from Texas A & M University, they got married in 1964. They settled in Peekskill, New York, then traveled across the country to settle first in Los Angeles, California where they started their family and then to Walnut Creek in 1972. Aurora leaves behind her husband, Rudy, of 49 years, and two daughters, Regina (Bob Martin) Rodriguez of Chicago and Judy (Freddie Porras) Rodriguez of Houston, and her precious grand-daughter, 'her gift from Jesus', Julia Girard-Rodriguez of San Diego. Also surviving her are her siblings: Veronica Borrego, Alex Borrego (Mary), Frank Borrego (Irma), Roy Borrego, and Yolanda Cruz (Ismael) all from Houston, Texas. Predeceasing her are her parents plus her siblings: Guadalupe Montoya, Richard Borrego, and Robert Borrego. Aurora began her career in Education in Peekskill, New York, continued in Los Angeles, and retired from the Mt. Diablo School District in 2004. Aurora was an outspoken leader on civil rights, of moral conviction. Even in school she taught her students to speak up if they saw injustices in school or in the workplace. When she made it out of the barrio and went to college, she promised herself that she would come back and help improve conditions for others. For many years Aurora helped raise funds for scholarships for students and was always involved in social justice both locally and state wide. Most recently, Aurora spent many hours in her parish, St. Mary's of Walnut Creek. She was dedicated volunteer and one of strong faith, not only in the Spanish ministries, but, wherever she was needed. She said those hours were the highlight of her week and her gift to God. Friends and family are invited to a Rosary at St. Mary's Church 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Walnut Creek, on Friday, June 21 at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday June 22, 2013, at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Church followed by burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The
, 3276 Mcnutt Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94597.
Published in Contra Costa Times on June 19, 2013