Josephine P. Zamacona
May 19, 1917 -
May 15, 2014
Our Beloved Mother JOSIE passed away peacefully in the early afternoon on May 15, 2014, one of the warmest days of the year. The SUNSHINE truly shined on her as she was the SUNSHINE for her children, family and friends. She had her family at her side when the Lord called for her, as she was needed in HEAVEN. Josie was born on May 19, 1917 to Guadalupe and Gregoria Maynez in El Paso, Texas, the 3rd oldest of 11 children. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert (Sammy) Zamacona, sons Tony and Jimmy and all but one of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Gloria and Manuel Quintana, daughter Irene Diaz, sister Ordey (James) Soto. Josie was blessed in life with 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and numerous great and great great grandchildren. (Five Generations)
Having moved to California at a very young age of 5 or 6, she lived on Terminal Island, and then moved to San Pedro where she attended Barton Hill and Dana schools. Moved to Wilmington where she attended Banning High School when it was still a small schoolhouse.
At a young age and helping to support her family she worked at the fish canneries for a short period of time, and then went into waitressing. She worked at Dominick's Pizza when it still had a drive-up window. She later worked at Las Palmas Mexican restaurant when it was still a small deli. Next she went to work at La Conga restaurant on 7th and Centre in San Pedro. In the early 60's with all her experience with restaurants she, her husband Sammy and her brother Paul Maynez and his wife Francis opened a mexican restaurant in Lancaster, CA and named it La Paloma. They stayed in that business for a few years then moved back to Wilmington/Carson. When her husband Sammy retired, they moved to Lake Elsinore where they raised chickens, ducks, peacocks and even a few Pomeranians. A few years later Josie and Sammy moved to Wendell, Idaho where they planned on spending their retirement years. Mom loved animals, so they were starting to raise calves on their small farm. Unfortunately after being there for only a few months Sammy passed away leaving Mom alone. She moved back to Wilmington where she joined the VFW Seniors Club and the SUNSHINE Club. For both clubs where she became the travel chairperson for the club where she planned many travel trips and day outings. One of her famous sayings while traveling on her bus trips was "NO SLEEPING ON MY BUS". After many years as travel chairperson (12) she decided to turn over her travel chairperson duties to someone else, as she was getting up in age, but still continued to travel with the club and her daughter Gloria and son-in-law Manuel. She enjoyed the many yearly trips to Mazatlan, the Tucson Mariachi Festival, the Mariachi Festival at the Hollywood bowl and of course going to Angels Baseball Games.
Josie had a special talent and a favorite pastime which was sewing, knitting and making beautiful quilts and her special Raggedy Anne Dolls which she shared with family and friends. She was also very proud of her World Wide Collection of Salt & Pepper Shakers that she acquired over the years, which mounted in the 100's.
Josie was a Life Long Member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the ILWU Auxiliary #8 since 1958. There must have been a good reason for joining the SUNSHINE CLUB as one of her favorite songs which she and her daughter Gloria often sang together was "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE".
When her son Jimmy passed away in Oct. 2012 she moved in with her daughter Gloria and son-in-law Manuel, where she lived comfortably and with much love and care until the Lord made arrangements for her new address in Heaven.
"TO OUR SPECIAL MOMMIE, AS WE ALWAYS HAVE, WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS YOU"
A special thank you to her Care Giver Teresa who helped care for Josie during the last 3 to 4 years. A special thank you to the staff of Hospice Care of the West, especially Jean and Lupita. A special thank you to the staff of Funeraria del Angel McNerney's Mortuary, especially Patty Silva, Office Manager and dear friend. A special thank you to the family members who were there for Josie and are there now during these difficult times. A special thank you to the special friends (the girls and boys) from the SUNSHINE CLUB. Your support and friendship over the years and of course most recently has been so important in our lives
THANK YOU, FROM THE FAMILY OF JOSIE ZAMACONA.
Services will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Funeraria del Angel McNerney's Mortuary, 1640 North Avalon Blvd. Wilmington, CA 90744. Visitation from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Services from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. Funeral service at 12:00 P.M. at Wilmington Cemetery, 605 East "O" Street, Wilmington, CA. Immediately following by a gathering for family and friends at the VFW Hall at 1130 West Anaheim St. Wilmington, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 24, 2014