Was born January 16, 1919, the fifth of eight children, whose parents immigrated from Spain to Beckley, West Virginia in the early 1900;s. Upon the family's return to Spain she met her future husband, Alexander Duran, during the Spanish Civil War.
The couple and their two daughters immigrated to the United States, later having their third child, a son. They shared a wonderful marriage for 58 years until his death in 1998.
Loving mother of Isabel Duran Smetana (Larry), Marie Azzopardi (deceased-Dennis), and Alex Duran. Proud Grandmother of Stephen Azzopardi (Marcie), Denise Azzopardi, Jeff Azzopardi (Nikole), Alex Duran III, and Matthew Duran. Great Grandmother of Amaya, Carlos, Ryan, Alexandra, Kyle, Nate, Isabel, Drew, and Esmay. She is also survived by her sister Teresa and brother-in-law Leopoldo Benavente of San Francisco, and many well-loved nieces and nephews.
She was highly respected by co-workers and patients for 28 years as an LVN at San Francisco County General Hospital until her retirement.
Her greatest pleasure and devotion was to her husband and family.
The family appreciates the care and kindness provided by Alex, Connie, Lee, and Judy of the Golden Age Retirement home where she lived for the last three years, as well as Dr. Liu and the third-floor staff of Mills-Peninsula Hospital, and Sutter Hospice.
A Funeral Mass celebrating her life and legacy will be held at St. Robert's Church, 1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:30am followed by a short memorial service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer's Society,
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