Bertha C. Arroyo
Bertha C. Arroyo, of Salinas, passed away Thursday morning, October 11, 2012.
She was born to Concepcion and Dolores Arroyo in Chihuahua Chih, Mexico on August 27, 1934. Ten years later her mother and her moved to Salinas to join her father where they established their home. In 1948, her parents bought "La Revancha Cafe" Restaurant at 15 East Lake Street in Salinas. She was brought up in the restaurant business and it was there where she met her first husband and the father of her beloved children.
Bertha would travel back and forth to her hometown, Chihuahua, where she had many, many friends. Filled with compassion and interest in others, Bertha always made friends easily and maintained contact with many. She was always there for her employees whom she valued tremendously. Many of them became very close friends to her because of her dedication to them by caring and always encouraging them to pursue their dreams.
Bertha was an avid reader, especially of biographies of notable people, she was a stickler for correct grammar in the Spanish language pronunciation. She was clever in her own writing, especially in creating prose and poems. She loved sharing her knowledge of the Mexican movie and entertaining industry which she followed closely.
Before her illness, she loved going to Reno and Tahoe and pulling on those slot machines. She was an avid Bingo player and in her day, she also played cards, as she owned a card room at one time. The belief that "If you own a business you must learn every aspect of it " was passed on to her by her father.... so, she learned to play cards. She loved to sing and dance and had a beautiful voice. She also seemingly had a keen extra 6th sense and up to her last day it was as if she knew she was going to be reunited with her sons again on the 11th, which was one of her favorite numbers.
Bertha was always a distinguished lady till the very end, with her dignifying class, beauty and elegance, she knew the art of walking into a room and always turning heads. She also loved dressing her children in the very best and with love passed on all her values to them and their children as well. Bertha also used to love to celebrate Christmas and other holidays until her sons died, as a piece of her died with them. Now she can love it again.
She loved cooking, working in her yard, eating strawberry ice cream, watching Mexican soap operas with her daughter and believe it or not, political debates. She also loved spending time with her great-grandchildren, whom she cherished and loved immensely.
Even though diagnosed with liver cancer a few months ago, which she battled bravely as in everything she ever did, in the end it was a heart attack that took her life....quick and fast. Gone in a split second with no suffering.
During her hospitalization she was loving and cheerful to those that loved her and brave through the ensuing dramas that hospitals sometimes bring. So many angels to thank there and when she finally went home, she maintained a cheerful outlook of an optimistic future, a future full of unfulfilled things she still wanted to do.
She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. J. Concepcion Arroyo; her mother, Dolores C. Arroyo; her beloved sons, Jesse Juarez Jr. and Jaime A. Juarez, whom she now has joined and watches over us.
Bertha is survived by her husband and companion for the past 24 years, Enrique K. Garcia; her daughter, Rose Clark (David); her granddaughter, whom she raised and was like a daughter to her, Dee Dee Estrada (Vincent); her granddaughters, Cristal C. Clark and Mandy Juarez; her grandson, Jaime Gabriel Juarez; and great-grandchildren, Ashley, Victoria, Vincent, and Samuel Estrada; her half sister, Ana Maria Arroyo Alvarez and many extended family, both in El Paso, Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico. And last but not least, Jaime's Australian Sheppard's, Colby and Wyatt.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Rosary will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., at the Struve and Laporte Chapel.
Funeral Mass will take place Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., in the Sacred Heart Church, 22 Stone St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com