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A warm, kind and gentle woman, entered into Heaven on March 4, 2013. She was born in San Bernardino, Ca. on May 15, 1923. Theodora was a San Bernardino County native for almost 90 years. She was married to Nestor (Lutie) Julian De Ramirez (who preceded her in death) for over 56 years. She leaves behind 2 daughters, Margot De Ramirez of Laguna Beach and Carlotta Tessier of Upland, a son, Robert De Ramirez of San Bernardino and step daughter Judith Choquosh Monroy of Santa Rosa. She also leaves Grandson, Daniel J. Tessier of Upland and Holly M. Hall of Seal Beach along with 2 Great Grandsons, Logan and Travis Hall of Seal Beach. "Dora" as her countless loving family and friends called her, was the eldest of 10 brothers and sisters.
Nestor and Theodora resided in San Bernardino for over 18 years where they raised their children and where Dora was known as the "Neighborhood Avon Lady." Through her life, Dora, worked and participated in activities that expressed her pride in her Mexican heritage. In the late 1940's to early 50's she worked at Padua Hills Mexican Theater in Claremont, Ca. in a variety of work from the ticket office, to publicity and on to the stage, performing and singing Mexican songs and dances. Theodora attended classes at San Bernardino Valley College to become a Bilingual Language Tutor. She worked at Lytle Creek Elementary in San Bernardino for over 10 years still sharing the colors, beauty and dance of her Mexican culture. In 1997, she received an award from the Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Educators of Mexican Americans for her work with children. After retiring and living in Rialto for over 30 years, she and her husband Lutie, moved to The American Cancer Society (PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123-1718) Upland in 2004.
Dora served God through her faithfulness and constant gratitude for every blessing. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Upland and St. George's Church in Ontario.
Dora was also an active member of the Latin American Women's League for over 50 years serving on many committees including her favorite Scholarship Committee which encouraged Latino students to pursue a college education. In 1978, she received a "Woman of the Year Award" by the LAWL for her efforts and being such a valuable and supportive member. In January of 1997, she was voted "Dama con Centita" (Honorary lifetime member.)
Viewing will be held on Friday, March 15th at Mt. View Mortuary in San Bernardino, from 5 to 8 pm with Rosary from 6 to 7 pm. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 16th at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Claremont at 12 noon, followed by internment at Green Acres Cemetery in Bloomington. * In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Latin American Women's League Scholarship Fund c/o Rosemary Martin 439 W. 24th St. San Bernardino, Ca. 92455)
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Mar. 14, 2013