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Beverly Patencio Diaz

1936 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
9/30/1936 - 10/1/2017
Beverly Patencio Diaz was born September 30, 1936 to John Joseph Patencio and Frances Saubel. Diaz's mother, Frances Saubel, came from Morongo and was known for her amazing cooking. Diaz's father was the Last Ceremonial Singer of the Kauisik Clan of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Beverly grew up in Palm Springs and married her husband, Arthur "Sonny" Walter Diaz when she was 18 years old. The two shared 63 wonderful years of marriage, 5 children, 28 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
As a little girl, Diaz's first language was Cahuilla, and she spoke it at home with her family. Beverly was an ordained minister for the Rincon Chapel. She was always involved in Tribal Iife, serving in various positions including the Election Committee, as a Tribal proxy, and as the Chairman of both the Enrollment Committee and Cemetery Committee. She was so proud of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' work in the community. Seeing her grandchildren serving the tribe was one of her proudest accomplishments.
Beverly was preceded in death by John Joseph Patencio, Frances Saubel Patencio, Priscilla Patencio Gonzales, Joseph Patrick Patencio, Winifred Preckwinkle, Ray Leonard Patencio, Ruth Elaine Patencio, Sylvia Patencio, William Patencio, Arthur Walter Diaz Jr., Thomas Richard Cummings Jr., David Diaz Jr.,, Christina Diaz, Tasheena Diaz and Quasanh Brian Diaz. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Arthur "Sonny" Walter Diaz; her children Frances Lucille Cummings, Darlene Diaz, David Diaz, and Dennis Diaz; 23 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a Hallelujah Farewell open to the public on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 5-8pm at the Agua Caliente Tribal Building at 64250 Old Rincon Village Rd. in Palm Springs. Her graveside service will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at l0am at the Jane Augustine Patencio Cemetery at 1095 Tahquitz Way in Palm Springs.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 13, 2017
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