Apr. 4,1947 - Dec. 11, 2012
Resident of Aptos, CA
Vera Ann Pulido died unexpectedly from natural causes on December 11, 2012. She was 65 years old.
Born and raised in Hanford, CA, Vera was the daughter of Ruben and Eva Pulido (deceased). When her family moved to Santa Cruz, she attended Santa Cruz High School.
Vera pursued her college education at Northridge State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She completed graduate studies at San Jose State, receiving a Master of Arts degree in education.
In 1975, Vera joined the faculty of Cabrillo College. It was her "second home" for 35 years while she devoted her life to students as an instructor of health, physical education and recreation. Her intelligent and stalwart leadership propelled her appointment to Chief Negotiator for the Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers and her acumen in educational administration eventually secured her promotion to Division Chairperson. As a champion of college athletics, Vera dedicated 10 years to coaching the Cabrillo Women's Softball Team, selflessly serving as a mentor and sage to countless numbers of young women.
Retiring from Cabrillo College in 2010, Vera loved spending time with her three adorable dogs: PJ, Lola and Molly. She enjoyed taking vacation cruises and traveling with friends. She was an avid reader, a computer enthusiast, a spirited poker player and an accomplished seamstress.
Vera is survived by her step-mother Mercedes Pulido, brother Richard Pulido, sister-in-law Carol Pulido, nieces Vanessa and Courtney Pulido, nephew Scott Pulido, beloved pet companions and scores of dear friends. She was a source of enlightenment and compassion to students, friends and family. She will truly be missed.
A celebration honoring Vera's life will be held at a future time. Donations in her memory may be sent to the Cabrillo College Foundation-Women's Athletics, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 23, 2012