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Edna Marjorie Silva
Nov 4, 1929 - Nov 1, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Marge was a 3rd generation Californian, who's grandparents Elmer and Hanna Ward traveled the Oregon/California Trail in 1888 and raised five children including her Mother Lela.
During the Great Depression her Mom Lela & Brother Jack followed agricultural work where Lela met and married Frank Self from Texas and soon after Marge was born. Marge had many interesting stories of her Mom fighting for the rights of poor families in the 1930's and 40's. Lela was arrested several times during community actions, and investigated by the House Unamerican Activities Committee.
Marge grew up in San Jose where she met her best friend Margaret Ulloa. Ben and Nellie considered the blue eyed, freckle-faced girl a member of their large Mexican family.
Marge attended Hester Elementary School & Roosevelt Jr. High. At 15 she dropped out of High School moving to Hollywood to become a movie star. She sang at a few lounges then moved back home.
In 1948, Marge was swept off her feet by Ray Silva, a local Portuguese-American and WW II Veteran (
and Silver Star recipient. And founder of the San Jose Roadster Club) They bought a home in East San Jose where they raised 4 children: Debbie, Denise, Becky and Rick.
Marge was a proud Democrat and Union member. In the 1960's and 70's she was active in the anti-war movement, campaigned for McGovern, marched with Caesar Chavez, and taught her kids to always fight for social justice.
Marge was a housewife and mother while working seasonally in many canneries. In 1969 she worked at General Electric until her retirement 25 years later.
After retirement she volunteered at the YSI thrift shop, and Rescued Stray animals.
Marge is survived by her sister Gladys Mattos, 3 daughters Debbie, Denise and Becky Silva, granddaughter Sonya Trejo, grandsons DeanTyler Morris & Camilo Viniegra. She is preceded in death by her husband Ray Silva, son Rick Silva, and grandson Sergio Silva. Marge died peacefully in her home of 58 years surrounded by family. Cremation and ocean dispersal has occurred.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Nov. 24, 2013
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