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Oct. 14, 1922 - Mar. 5, 2012

Mercedes Congdon, of Chico, passed away at her daughter's home in Stockton, on March 5, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Mercedes was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on October 14, 1922 to Carmela and Delfim Ceasar. She moved to California when she was in her early 20's and resided in the Santa Clara area before moving to Orland, CA. While in Orland she married Louis Garcia and had two children. Louis died after they had been married for 8 years. Mercedes then met and married Bill Congdon and had two more children. They moved to Chico, where they finished raising their family. Her pride and joy in life were her children. She was a traditional homemaker who ran the household like a finely tuned machine. Mercedes was the consummate hostess and loved to entertain. Playing Bridge was her passion and she met many of her life-long friends through the numerous bridge groups that she was involved in.

Mercedes was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Bill Congdon and her grandson, Geoffrey Callan. She is survived by four children, Louie Congdon and wife Kathy of Orland; Beverly O'Neill and husband Jim of Stockton; Lorraine Congdon of Chico; Michael Congdon and wife Debbie of Paradise; 8 grandchildren, Laura Wheaton, husband Dan; Jenny Harmon, husband Joel; Clint Congdon, wife Hailey; Krista Congdon, Elizabeth Congdon, Melissa Congdon, Maddie Noseworthy, husband Justin; Becky O'Neill and Angela Callan-Molloy, as well as 14 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of San Joaquin and their wonderful and loving staff and volunteers.

Memorial services will be held in Chico on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, 566 E. Lassen Avenue, Chico, CA.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 8, 2012
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