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Lucila (Cervantes) Cadena


1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Lucila (Lucy) Cervantes Cadena Nov. 7, 1933 - June 22, 2018 Woodland Lucila (Lucy) Cervantes Cadena passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family June 22. Lucy fought a valiant eight year, four time recurrence with cancer. Her tenacity, and love for family were never ending, and met with grace and dignity. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Ramon Cadena of Esparto; children, Laura Gordon and her husband Ken of Granite Bay, Ramon Cadena (Corky) and his wife Tania of Woodland, Sara Kinney and her husband Michael of Dover, MA; 10 grandchildren, Stephen, Mathew and Anthony Gordon, Taryn, Nicholas and Talia Cadena, Evan, Rory, F. Decker and Wren Kinney; siblings, Emilio, Leopoldo, Salvador, Manuel, Aristeo and sister, Sara, all of Guadalajara, Mexico, many nieces and nephews. Born Nov. 7, 1933 in the Colonia Romero Rubio, Mexico City, Lucy would later become a lifelong Yolo County resident. Born to parents Aristeo and Celsa Cervantez, she was the eldest of seven children. Her parents preceded her in death leaving Lucy to carry on the admirable role of primary caregiver to her siblings at the age of 17. Lucy met Ramon Cadena as a teenage girl in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ramon courted her for many years until 1963 when they married in El Senor de Misericordia. Together, they immigrated to the U.S. One of Lucy's proudest life events was departing from her roots in Mexico to become a naturalized citizen of the United States to live in the hand-made sun-dried custom adobe brick home built by Ramon for his bride. Together, they would begin their married life in Rumsey in the home still standing today. They remained in Rumsey for 11 years, raising Laura Marie, Ramon Jr. (Corky) and Sara Jean. In 1973, their expanded family of five moved to Esparto to, "The Cadena Ranch". Lucy loved to garden which was the emancipation of an organic farming life. She and Ramon would later become certified (CCOF) as they raised seasonal fruit and vegetables on their 25 acre property. Almonds being the original and primary source of farming, still occupy 10 acres of the ranch. Their carefully cultivated crops raised on the ranch became a bi-weekly staple as Lucy and Ramon established a long-term relationship with the Davis Farmer's Market where today, you can still find their stand managed by their grandson, Anthony (Charlie) on Saturdays. For 30 years Lucy and Ramon devoted much time to the Davis Farmer's Market, reaping a loving community of friends and farmers who shared their common denominator principles that food brings people together. Lucy's profound reverence for her Davis "family" was well known as she embraced everything from the organic movement to food DNA. Lucy's market family eventually extended to the community. Over the course of 20+ years, Lucy and Ramon were delivered day-old bread from Davis stores during Saturday market hours often filling their pickup. Together, they have been delivering the bread to St. Martin's Church in Esparto for distribution after Mass on Saturdays and Sundays to all in need. Lucy's farming inspired many home cooks to be passionate about food as a social occasion as she devoutly worked the earth alongside Ramon in their tireless farming efforts with the goal of feeding others. As such, Cadena Farms is published in The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, "Tasting California's Small Farms" (A. Evans circa 2012) and chronicled in "Edges of Bounty Adventures in the Edible Valley" (W. Emery circa 2008). When not in her garden, Lucy could be found effortlessly combining ingredients in her beloved custom Formica kitchen. No measuring or directions, just years of honed practical self-taught application. Lucy was a much loved member of her family Parish of St. Martins Catholic Church. She served as an active board member for many years overseeing the annual parish salad luncheon, a major fundraiser benefiting the Altar Society. She loved cooking and helping others and giving to the sick, poor and anyone in need. Lucy worked as a teacher's aide at Esparto Elementary for many years alongside Sandra Diaz. She remained active in her children's school and extra-curricular activities receiving an Honorary American FFA Degree. The honor is bestowed upon individuals who have provided exceptional service at the national level in agriculture and education. Lucy and Ramon made many trips to Mexico and Massachusetts to be with much loved family. Her most recent trip to the East Coast was just last fall to see her grandchildren off on their first day of school, a much anticipated annual trip she and Ramon made for a decade despite their ailments. Lucy was adored by everyone who knew her. She touched the lives of many and inspired them with her generosity, spirituality and positive outlook on life. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with a Rosary from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Martin's Church, 25633 Grafton St., Esparto, July 11, at 11 a.m. Interment at the Capay Cemetery immediately to follow. A luncheon fellowship with family and friends will follow at the St. Martin's Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Lucy Cadena Living Memorial Fund. Please email LucyCadenaMemorial@gmail.com for more info.
Published in Daily Democrat from July 1 to July 11, 2018
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