Perez, Vivian Vacio
Vivian Vacio Perez passed away in the early morning at her home on April 17th surrounded by the love of her family. Vivian was born in Pasadena on November 2, 1926 to Natalia Vacio. Her Grandparents were originally from Durango and Chihuahua, Mexico. They moved to El Paso, Texas and settled there for a few years which is where Vivian's Mother was born.
In the early 1916-18 the Vacio Family moved to East Pasadena to an area they called "Chihuahuita" or Little Chihuahua, a tribute from the families of Chihuahua, Mexico who had settled in the area. Vivian lived her whole life in the neighborhood of Chihuhuita and never wanted to live anywhere else. Vivian attended St. Phillips Catholic School, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High (9-10 grades) and Pasadena Junior College 11-college (now known as Pasadena City College). While at PJC Vivian started to get involved with her community and volunteered for many groups.
Vivian married the handsome Ruben Perez from the West side of Pasadena and together they worked hard and raised three daughters; Teresa , Patty and Michele. Ruben passed away in 1994. Vivian worked for Avon for 25 years. . While working at Avon, Vivian became involved with an organization called C.O.P.A. - Chicana Organization for Progress in Atzlan. Vivian was proud to call herself and Chicana and often referred to P.C.C. as "Pasadena Chicano College". C.O.P.A.'s mission was Vivian's passion, to help empower Latina Women. She led the organization as their President for 18years, up until her passing she was considered an Honorary member and attended C.O.P.A.'s events. Vivian was a volunteer at City Hall for many years and was the friendly greeter and information person at the kiosk on the main floor.
Besides her three daughters, Vivian is survived by two Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren and many family and friends. Her leadership and legacy will never be forgotten.
Viewing and Rosary, Friday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Cabot and Sons, 27 Chestnut St., Pasadena 91103, 626-793-7159. Mass is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Mary, 2640 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91107 626-792-1343.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on May 2, 2014