Alice Mary Ortega
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On Feb 25th 1935, Sofia and Manuel Zabala brought into the world a beautiful daughter, our mother, Alice Mary Zabala. Born in Fernley, Nevada, she spent her early childhood there along with her siblings. Grace, John, Jesse and Julie preceded her in passing; she is survived by Tony and Joe. Manuel then brought his family to Sparks where our mom would meet and eventually marry, Manuel G. Ortega who also preceded her in passing. Here, they would be married and start a family of their own. During her working career, she spent over twenty years working for the American Linen Company and was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception church in Sparks. When not working, our mom enjoyed spending the summers with her family and relatives picnicking along the shores of Lake Tahoe. In later years, it was long four wheel drive rides on Peavine Peak or camping and boating with her family and grand kids at Pyramid Lake that she loved. Spending a quiet day on the porch of her home, sipping ice tea, was also one of the simple pleasures she enjoyed.
Our mom transitioned to her next life on Feb 8th, 2013, leaving behind her daughters, Carol Ortega, Virginia Villalobos, Susan Serafin-Mora, Karen Campana, and Cindy McTier and sons, Mark, Anthony and Manuel Ortega. She also left behind twenty-one grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and of course loving sons and daughters-in-law.
A celebration of life will be held at La Posada Real Restaurant, 5270 Longley Land Reno, on Sunday, Feb 24th at 1:00 PM.
Our mother, Alice Mary Ortega, will forever live in our hearts and memories, through the beautiful and fun times shared with her.
"You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it Live On"
We will always love and miss you Mom
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Feb. 20, 2013