Jennie Araiza Pasillas passed away on December 4, 2011 after a long illness at her home in Coachella. She was born in Indio on June 8, 1929 to Jose and Natalia Nava Araiza. She was married to Jesus Pasillas for 30 years until his passing in 1980. Jennie retired from Cardinal Distributing/Peter Rabbit Farms where she worked for more than 40 years in their administrative offices. Jennie is survived by daughters, Diane Rivera-Pasillas (Dennis) of Clovis, Calif., and Gloria Pasillas Sais (Alfred) of Fresno, Calif.; five grandchildren, Agustin and Marcos Rivera, Victor, Joaquin and Alena Sais; six great-grandchildren, Roman, Aidan and Riley Rivera, Ally, Jacob and Emily Sais. She is also survived by sisters, Dolores Campos of Indio, Mary Bee of Westminster, Margie Valenzuela of Thermal, Rosemary Araiza of Desert Hot Springs, Lily Duran of Palm Desert, Sally Pena and Helen Ramirez both of Coachella; and brother, Johnny Ramirez of Coachella. She was preceded in death by husband, Jesus; and brothers, Frankie and Tony Araiza and Ray and Ralph Ramirez. Visitation will be from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at Casillas Family Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Soledad Catholic Church in Coachella at 11:00 AM on Tuesday. Interment will immediately follow at Coachella Valley Cemetery. The family would like to send a special thanks to Melissa Calderon, her niece and caregiver; Nery Tapia and Lena McSkeane from Family Hospice Care and Cindy Huerta for being such a good friend. All arrangements are under the direction of Casillas Family Funeral Home.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Dec. 11, 2011