Elizabeth Frances Mercado "Libby" Robar

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April 13, 1960 - April 13, 2014

Libby was born in Chino, California to Arthur(deceased) and Frances Mercado. At the time she was the youngest of four, Anna, Tricia and Artie, growing up on the horse farms that her father managed. The farm in Chino was quite a distance from town and the four siblings were close as they were the only playmates around. They all loved sports, watching and playing, and Libby, and her partner in crime, Artie Bo, were intensely competitive and each others first best friend. She lived her life with intensity. She never stopped moving, competing, or loving the Lakers.

In 1972 her family moved from Chino to Santa Ynez. It was a huge change for everyone and once again the Mercado kids made the change together. Libby graduated from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in 1978, playing basketball, softball, volleyball and was actively involved in ASB. During this time her younger sister Nicole was born. She worked at Birkholm's Bakery during those years as well. She went on to complete the Radiology Tech Program at Santa Barbara City College. She worked for many years at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and then physician clinics most recently. Her sons Ryan and PJ were so important to her, and her greatest source of pride. She was a coach for their many sports teams and loved being a mom and G-ma to Dominic. As an aunt, she was the one that always had something fun planned to do with you, and still loved to sit at the kids' table at family get-togethers. She was also well known for the aerobics classes that she taught for the last 25 years in Santa Barbara at the YMCA and Cathedral Oaks facilities.

She died unexpectedly, but was so fortunate to leave this world surrounded by people who loved her. She would be so proud of her family that meant the world to her, and how they cared for her and each other on that sad night. She was loved more than she can imagine, and will be missed, but we all have good memories of the times we spent with her and she will live on in all of us.

Libby is survived by her mother, Frances Mercado of Oceanside, sons Ryan (Katie) of Santa Barbara, PJ of Santa Barbara, and her adored grandson Dominic Robar of Antioch. Siblings Anna Levin(Fred) of Rancho Palos Verdes, Tricia Cuadros (Ted) of San Jose, Art Mercado (Gayle) of Buellton, Nicole Fortunato (Chris) of Oceanside. She was a loved aunt of Gregory Cuadros, Michael, Matthew, and Brian Levin, Catherine and Trey Mercado, Gianni Fortunato, and great aunt to Christopher Cuadros.

Services were held at Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Montecito on May 9th, 2014 with a reception at one of her favorite places, Shoreline Park. If you wish, please make a donation in her honor to .

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from May 11 to May 15, 2014
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