ANGELITA REYNOSO CRUMMETT
Apr. 3, 1923 - Oct. 8, 2013
Angelita Reynoso Crummett passed away October 8, 2013 surrounded by family members in the home of her daughter, Mary Cappelletti, in Escondido, California.
María de los Angeles "Angelita" was born April 3, 1923 in Sonora, Arizona. She is survived by her daughters Mary, Angie, Dolores, Carmen, Felicia, Teresa, her son, José and two sisters, Mary Fierros of Phoenix, Arizona and Helen Graham of San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, H. Bernard Crummett and sons, Bernard and Carlos and eight brothers and sisters. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Angelita loved music, dance, the arts, and travel. She graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse in 1945. She was an accomplished stage actor, director, and dancer. She performed on stage in Padua Hills, Washington D. C., Phoenix, Houston, and on Broadway in New York City. She directed plays in Michigan, Kansas, and Kentucky.
While in Washington D.C., she met her husband, Bernard. They were married in St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington D.C. in 1948. His profession as a civil engineer took him and Angelita to Arizona, California, Colombia, and Chile. In 1967, they moved to Calexico.
Angelita devoted much of her life to serving the Church, the poor, and her community. As a member of Las Vecinas, she volunteered for the Valley Orthopedic Clinic for 16 years. After her husband's death in 1974, she returned to college, graduating in 1977 from IVC with a degree in nursing. As a nurse, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Corazon, Ecuador from 1984-1986. She was also a nurse for summer school camps on both sides of the border with the Sisters of Social Service. She worked with the Sisters of the Poor in Zacapu, Michoacán, and taught English in Tampico, Mexico.
Angelita also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children. In addition to her volunteer work in the community, she served on several ministries for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. She also sang in the choir. For her many years of volunteer service in various organizations, she received the honor of Woman of the Year.
Her love of music extended to her love of dance especially ballet folklórico. She was a member of El Grupo de Danza Folklórico Xochihuitl de Calexico from 2005 to 2009. This dance troupe performed throughout Imperial and San Diego Counties, and Mexico. She enjoyed more than 20 years as an officer and member of Club de Los Amigos.
Angelita traveled with family and friends all over the world including Mexico, Cuba, Central and South America, Canada, Europe, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Vietnam. Last year she went on an Alaskan cruise with her children and traveled most recently to Napa Valley to enjoy time with her children and grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, October 15 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Calexico followed by burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Mass will be preceded by a rosary at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD, 21297-0303, www.crs.org or Catholic Charities, www.CCDSD.org, (619) 231-2828.