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Eva López Barcia

1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Eva López Barcia Obituary
1927 - 2017 Eva López Barcia was born in Los Angeles to Eva Lopez Trejo and Primo López Moran. She was one of six children including her sister, Carolina, and four brothers, John, Severo, Primo, and Richard, and was the last remaining member of her generation. Their family home on Bunker Hill was a gathering place for L.A.'s Latino artists and entertainers during the '30s and '40s. As a child, Eva and her siblings worked in Hollywood as extras and can still be seen in many classic films. She was steadily employed in theater and radio throughout her teenage years and starred in a popular Spanish language radio show. Eva was eventually signed as an actress with Warner Bros. Studios where she met the love of her life, José Rubia Barcia, who was employed at Warner Bros. as a dubbing director. She auditioned for him and the rest was history: they were happily married for 54 years until his death in 1997. A refugee of the Spanish civil war, José eventually resumed the academic life he had left behind in Spain and accepted a faculty position in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCLA. For the nine years that he served as Chair of the Department, and many years after, Eva's home again served as a social hub, this time for visiting artists, writers, and scholars. She and José were not only unofficial ambassadors to Spanish, Latin American, and other international visitors, but she was a nurturing second mother to generations of UCLA Spanish Department students. During several extended stays in Europe, Eva became an accomplished chef and for years, the couple's weekly dinner parties were renowned for their delicious food, warm hospitality, and lively conversation. Throughout her life, Eva devoted much of her vitality and energy to helping others. By the mid-1970s she was counseling Spanish-speaking women at UCLA's Family Planning Clinic, serving also as a certified medical interpreter. After her husband's passing in 1997, she volunteered as a counselor at the Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica and translated their "Center for Healthy Aging Manual" into Spanish. Beginning in 2010, Eva volunteered every week at the Pediatric Oncology Infusion Clinic at UCLA, and for the last fifteen years she served proudly as a docent at her beloved Getty Center where she conducted architectural and garden tours and interacted with the children who visited the Family Room. Eva dearly loved children and had a way of immediately putting them at ease. Regardless of age, she gave generously of her warmth and wisdom to all who knew her. Eva leaves behind two daughters- Elena Barcia-Colombo and Adela Barcia - a son-in-law, Gary Colombo, four cherished grandchildren, Gabriel and Mia Barcia-Colombo, and Julia and Aidan Barcia-Bacon, and a large extended family of loving cousins, nephews and nieces. She also leaves many friends and acquaintances whom at one time or another she had lovingly tucked under her wing. She will be greatly missed. With the same clarity and dignity that graced everything she did, Eva passed away peacefully in her home on April 12th with her daughters and son-in-law at her side. There will be a Celebration of Life in Eva's honor at the UCLA Faculty Club on Saturday, May 13th at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles at https://www.plannedparenthood.org or by calling 1-800-230-7526.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2017
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