July 17, 1925 - May 9, 2021 Carmen Silvas passed away peacefully at her home in Pico Rivera, CA on May 9, 2021. Born in Douglas, Arizona to Prospero and Manuela Silvas, her family migrated to San Pedro in 1935. Carmen graduated from San Pedro High in 1943. Always fashionably dressed and striving towards prim and proper manners, she placed her energy in her deep Catholic faith, her family and her career. After working and living locally in San Pedro, she moved in 1970 and worked many years at Manufacturers Mirror and Door Co in Lincoln Heights. Even though living mainly in the cities of Montebello and Pico Rivera, she always considered herself a true San Pedran and came often to visit her family. She retired from LAUSD in 1989 after 14 years of service from working as a bookkeeper at Garfield High Adult School calling the infamous math teacher, Jaime Escalante, a good friend. After retiring, she literally travelled the world. Her travels took her to all of Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Greece and the Holy Land; and of course, most of the United States as she had a strong love for her country. During her retirement years, she deepened her Catholic faith and attended mass daily at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Montebello and St. Hilary Church in Pico Rivera. She supported and donated to charitable organizations and politicians supporting the sanctity of life, religious freedoms, the Native Americans and the Veteran groups, to name a few. Carmen is survived by her sister Dora Hernandez, sister in law Toni Silvas, nieces Cecile Valdovino, Susie Hall, Catherine Sanchez, Christina (Don) Johnson, and nephews Andy (Laura) Silvas, and Michael (Shana) Hernandez and many great nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 1st at 10am and internment at Green Hills Cemetery.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 28, 2021.