Juanita Robles Doyle

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81, a lifelong Santa Barbaran, died peacefully at Sunshine Residential Care in Santa Maria on August 19, 2013. Juanita was born in Santa Barbara on March 6, 1932 and attended local schools including Lincoln Elementary, Santa Barbara Junior High, and was a proud Don, graduate of SBHS, class of 1951. She attended some college at SBCC.

Juanita retired from the State Department of Motor Vehicles where she tried to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Her duties included working as a counter assistant, processing licenses, testing drivers for their driving licenses, and also serving as support staff between the Dept. and the public regarding suspension and revocation of licenses. Juanita also worked for General Telephone, Cox Cable and after her retirement from the DMV, the City of Santa Barbara Parking

Juanita had a passion for photography, capturing her family's special and every day events. She enjoyed traveling throughout the world, visiting Japan, England, France, and Germany among others. She also took trips across the United States. She once took a cross-country road trip alone just for the experience. Juanita also obtained a pilot's license "just for the hell of it". Juanita enjoyed musical plays especially those from Broadway. She hated onions, was not blessed with cooking skills, and thus preferred "out of the house" cuisine.

Juanita was very active with the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows, serving as a Eucharist Minister both at Mass and to homebound Catholics. She also taught Catechism and participated in activities with the Sisters of Notre Dame. Juanita possessed a sharp tongue and quick wit so you had to be ready to be challenged in your discussions with her. Juanita was a great support for her many nieces, nephews and great grand nieces and nephews, attending their events and served as a band booster for them throughout their school years.

Juanita is survived by her nieces and nephews, Cecilia Perez (Philip), Carmen Romero, Rebecca Vasques, Mary Sourmany (Maurice), Lorraine Villegas, James Contreras, Janette Contreras, Gary Contreras (Mercedes), grand niece, Rhonda Gutierrez (Adrian), and numerous other grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Juanita was preceeded in death by her mother, Inez, Robles; sisters, Guadalupe R. Herrera and Rose Contreras; brother, Pablo Robles; brother-in-law, Reynaldo Contreras; nephews, Manuel and Richard Herrera and Reynaldo Contreras, Jr.,

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunshine Residential Care for their love and tender care of Juanita during her stay. A special recognition of appreciation to Cecilia Perez and her family for serving as such a compassionate caretaker for our beloved, Tia.

A Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 7:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 23, at 10:00 am, both at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Interment to follow immediately after the Mass at Calvary Cemetery.

If you plan on attending, please honor Juanita's wish by not wearing the color black.

Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.


Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Aug. 21 to Aug. 25, 2013