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Manuela Huerta Matute

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July 20, 1913 - January 4, 2011
Loving wife of the late Juan Matute. Manuela is survived by her three children, Juan Matute (Lynne), Maria Eugenia Matute-Bianchi, and Raul Matute (Virginia); her four grandchildren, David and Raul Bianchi, Juan Michael Matute and Adriana Matute; and three great-grandchildren, Cole, Siena and Natalia. She was the eldest of eight children who left Albuquerque at the age of 15 years of age to come to California to be a nanny. She graduated as the first Mexican-American girl from Claremont High School, and later graduated from Pomona College in 1935. During the Great Depression, she was a singer, dancer, actress, and waitress with the famed Mexican Players of Padua Hills. Manuela did her student teaching at the old Garfield High School in Los Angeles, and continued on a long career with the LA Unified School District. She was a school teacher for many who are now adults today from Harbor City Elementary to what is now South Shores Magnet in San Pedro. Always of a strong mind, she was determined to see that all her children studied and went to college, which they did, and are all better for it. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in memory of Manuela Huerta Matute may be made to Pomona College, in care of Don Pattison, Office of Donor Relations, 550 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. Contributions will be used for scholarships for Latino/ A students. A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon on February 5 at the Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes (http://www.pacificunitarian.org/directions.html). Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 7, 2011
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