Isabel M. Bravo(1935 - 2013)

Isabel M. Bravo
5/18/1935 - 12/12/2013

On December 12, 2013, our beloved mother, sister, grandma, great grandma, great-great grandma left us peacefully to be with her Heavenly Father after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Waiting for her in Heaven was her husband Manuel Bravo, son Jose Puentes, mother Margaret Villagran, dad Andres Marin, sister Maria Antonia and in-laws. Isabel was born on May 18, 1935 in Chiloquin, Oregon on an Indian Reservation, grew up in Colfax, Calif. In 1961, she married her beloved husband until he departed in 2008. In 1975, she earned her real estate license. She worked for the Dept. of Agriculture and Human Resources of Placer Co. August 15, 1981 she established the OLD TOWN RESTAURANT, voted "Best Mexican Food in Town" by the Sacramento Magazine, which she owned and operated until 2008. Through her early years, Isabel was very active in community programs throughout Placer County such as, Placer County Concilio for 10 years, Roseville Neighborhood Council, Summer Camps and Summer food programs for children in the Northern area to the Southern area, Bluebirds, Campfire Girls, Headstart Program, Roseville Police Women's Club, Eagles #1582, Guadalupe Society, 12 year chairperson for Title One. She started breakfast for children at Presbyterian Church. She was a co-founder of the Los Carnales Youth Club de Roseville. In 1975, she ran for Roseville City Council (unsuccessfully). She also served on the Placer County Grand Jury. Isabel received special thanks from Governor Brown (1st term) for helping the homeless. During the time she ran her business, Isabel was highly involved in several groups, NAMI where she was twice elected chairperson, also chairperson for H.O.R.A. and with the Parliamentarian Association. Isabel was the founder of the famous "Strawberry Festival" in Historical Old Roseville. Even in her struggle with the disease, she would still attend the Parkinson's Support Groups. Isabel had passion for helping the Latino community, being an advocate for the mentally ill and for serving her restaurant customers. She lived her life with integrity and pride. Isabel is survived by daughters, Margaret Bravo (Paul), Maria Bravo-Glessner (Tyrone), Gloria Puentes Dominguez (Theodore), sons Leon Bravo (Rhonda), Manny Bravo, sisters Lupe Marin, Elena Tong (Dan), brother Andy Marin, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephew.
Many will miss Isabel/Mom/ Grandma Bravo.
Burial will take place January 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. Colfax Cemetery, 180 N. Canyon Way Colfax, CA 95713, a memorial will be held January 24, 2014 at 2 p.m. at he Moose Lodge, 506 Lincoln St. Roseville, CA 95678. For more info call 916-274-4265.

Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 17, 2014