Mary Therese Navarro-Aldana
1954 - 2020
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Mary Therese Navarro-Aldana

Oxnard - Mary Therese Navarro-Aldana lived 66 wonderful years and went to heaven on December 29th, 2020. She was born in Oxnard, California on October 18th, 1954 to her loving parents Panfilo and Mary Navarro. She will always be loved by her sister Christina Portillo and five brothers, Phillip, Danny, Joey, David and Alex Navarro. She was blessed with four boys, Ted, Matt, Loring and Mike Navarro. She spent twenty-seven years of her life with her beloved husband, Gerardo R. Aldana and added two daughters, Perla and Ana Aldana, to her family. She had nineteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mary was blessed with a strong education beginning at Our Lady of Guadalupe, continuing at Santa Clara High School and finally attending UC Santa Barbara. While raising her three oldest children, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Mary used both her education and values she learned from her parents and her love for people to help others. She spent over four decades dedicated as a civil-servant with the State of California, providing essential employment and training services to rural communities. Many of the recipients of her commitment were migrant seasonal farm workers, veterans, people with disabilities and youth. She partnered with local workforce investment areas to ensure equitable services were accessible to job seekers.

Mary was a very passionate and talented musician. She grew up playing music in the church with her family and was in various bands throughout her life including Satin Soul, Trio Ensueño and Groove Line. Her favorite instrument was the bass and she was also known to play other instruments including the guitar, drums and percussion. Her true love was taking center stage, with a micro-phone and sharing her beautiful voice with family, friends and others. Now that she is in Heaven, God has another voice to add to the Choir of Angels.

To view livestream services and sign the family's online guestbook, click on Mary Therese's name located below "Obituaries" at

Due to Ventura County's COVID-19 guidelines, visitation is limited capacity from 2:00pm to 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 with a prayer service to begin at 7:00pm at the Garcia Mortuary Chapel, 629 South A Street in Oxnard.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at the Garcia Mortuary Chapel, 629 South A Street in Oxnard. Interment to follow at Santa Clara Cemetery, 2370 North H Street in Oxnard.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of GARCIA MORTUARY, 629 South A Street, Oxnard. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 8 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Mary will be greatly missed by many of us that had the pleasure of working with her. She had been a wonderful mentor. Rest in peace Mary.
Robert Shiverdecker
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