Maria Magdalena was born in Old Mesilla, New Mexico on March 10, 1916, and returned to God on January 10, 2013, she was 96. She is survived by sisters Celia Ortiz, Marta Lucich, brother Efran Mestas, many nieces and nephews, children Magdalena Carlin, Salvador Arratia, Guillermo Arraita, Maria Ledford, Marta Doan, Francisco Arratia, and Carmen Wilson Also, left behind are 15 grand- children 26 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grand- children. Her second child and one grandson preceded her in death. She retired in her sixties from the State of California and began a second career as a court interpreter, retiring again when she was 93. She was an inspiration to many, and loved by all.
Memorial services will be held at the Mark B. Shaw Chapel on Waterman Ave., on February 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Jan. 28, 2013