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Maria Elisa Placencia

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Maria Elisa Placencia Obituary
MARIA ELISA PLACENCIA In 60 years, there was not a room that Maria Elisa Placencia did not bring light into when she entered it. On July 15th, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, her body's light was snuffed out, but her spiritual light, and the light of so many great memories she leaves with us, still shines bright. She was a mother, nurse, teacher all at once. She lead by example - When she worked, we worked; when she played, we played; when she spoke, we learned. In her time on Earth, she became fluent in English, Spanish and the myriad tongues of the human heart. She could converse with joy, out-argue heartache, redefine challenge, awaken purpose. With these talents, she gave 35 years of public service to the community working for Hemet Unified School District, Head Start, United Cerebral Palsy, The Governor's Board of Diversity in Education, and the DMV. She had compassion for the broken and spoke for the silent. With love, she mapped routes out of the impossible, the ignorant, the small. Patiently, she led us to comfort, her embrace a reassurance, her smile a promise. She was an architect of understanding. When you were around her, you knew tomorrow would always be better. She was a trailblazer - literally as she loved the outdoors and camping, figuratively through her progressive ideology, and practically in the art she made and the relationships she cultivated. She endeavored to make art out of everything. Most of the time it worked, sometimes it didn't, but she persevered. She was brave and stubborn and unapologetic in the most wonderful ways. Moving from her birthplace in Mexico, she proudly brought her culture with her wherever she went. At family gatherings you knew when she arrived, her laugh heralded mirth - You could not help but get swept up in it. You would laugh even if you did not hear the punchline. She could take tragedy and with a few words rework it into comedy. You would cry from laughter. With her husband, she worked tirelessly for her dreams, and when she had children, she helped them work for theirs. Together they built their oasis where she was hostess to many holiday parties and gatherings for her family and friends. Her giving was infinite. She loved as she lived - completely and fearlessly. She is survived by her husband, four sons, a granddaughter, her parents, five sisters, two brothers, and by the family and friends she inspired to be better people. We walk with her in our hearts everyday. A memorial service will take place on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 4PM at Miller-Jones Mortuary, 1501 West Florida Ave. Hemet, Ca. 92543

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Published in Press-Enterprise on July 21, 2013
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