Josefa Vela, 80, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Bakersfield, with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by her side. She was born December 28, 1931, in Brownsville, TX.
Josefa was a very loving and caring person who sacrificed so much for her family. She loved gardening, sewing, was a big fan of wrestling and loved to take trips to Las Vegas. She loved to care and protect animals and showed it by her frequent donations to the SPCA.
Josefa is survived by her children, Elvia Saldivar, Ernestina Vela, Elida Huerta, Ester Vela, Esmeralda Vela, Eva Reyes, Rosalio Vela Jr., Raul Vela, Ruben Vela, and Ramon Vela; her sisters and brother, Araceli Manzano, Maria Contreras, Leonidez Gonzales, and Alexander Alejandro Galvan; 29 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 12, 2012, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St., Bakersfield, CA 93306. A second visitation will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2012, in San Benito, TX.
For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 661-873-8200.