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Mela G. Lueras

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Mela G. Lueras Obituary
1/12/1927 - 11/18/2017
Mela G Lueras, a beloved Riverside resident, entrepreneur, and property- owner, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by close family members. Daughter of Rachel and Anthony Garcia, Mela was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1948, she relocated to the Riverside area with her husband, Leo Lueras, where they began to lay down their family's roots. As a young couple with the world ahead of them, they worked to develop the Arlanza area of Riverside, where they opened a local grocery store in a renovated army barracks building, Leo and Mela's Market. What started out as a mom and pop shop, soon evolved into a local staple and a very busy neighborhood market. As a local landmark business, the market soon became the site of Arlanza's first U.S. Post Office substation. Following the success of Leo and Mela's Market, the two launched their venture into the real estate business and began acquiring investment properties. It was during this time that Mela obtained her real estate license and worked in their real estate business, Leo T. Lueras Real Estate. Altogether, their business endeavors proved to be prosperous for their family. Throughout these ventures, Mela spent her personal time raising three beautiful children. She taught them by example what it means to be a loving, kind, and moral person, which they have in turn taught their own children. Mela's legacy has made a mark on this world and lives on in those that she loved.
Mela was preceded in death by her parents, Rachel and Anthony Garcia; siblings, Art Garcia and Benny Garcia; sisters-in-law, Rose Garcia and Anna Garcia; husband, Leo Lueras, and great-grandson, Trevor Bartley. She is survived by three children, Leonard Lueras, Veronica Gyll, and Richard Lueras; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Ron Gyll and Janet Lueras; by seven grandchildren: Michael Gyll, Cindy Bartley, Rachel Lueras, Lorca Lueras, Asia Lueras, Wendy Pennell, and Melanie Lueras- Kriechbaumer; by seven great-grandchildren: Courtney Dulin, Jacob Bartley, Jordyn Bartley, Jared Bartley, Luke Gyll, Reagyn Gyll, and Makena Lueras; and one great-great granddaughter, Alaina Dulin.
A graveside service and burial will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 26, 2017
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