Oxnard - Our mother was born October 23, 1929 at home at 402E. First St. in La Colonia. Our mother was #14 and the youngest child. Mom started working at the age of 14 at the Lemonera Packing House on Colonia Rd. Eventually going to work at Stokley's on Harrision St in La Colonia. By this time, she was a single mother with 4 children to raise, with the help of grandma Maria Cerrillo at the corner of First & Grant. Mom also began working at the Chileria on the offseason from Stokley's. The Lemonera was 3 blocks away, Stokley's was 2 blocks, as was the Chileria! Talk about a short commute and to top that gasoline was only .24 cents a gallon during the gas wars at the time.
With kids now in high school down to grade school, mom was doing well and moving to a new job. The Hueblein Corp. built a factory next door to the Chileria and mom was happy and grateful for the opportunity, so she took us all out to Winns Drive-In for the $5, 20 taco deal as a treat. Those were the days... While my mom was busy cranking out A-1 steak sauce for Hueblein Corp., she began looking at houses to buy and found her home in the College Park area of El Rio. Don't be in ahh because mom left La Colonia, she was doing well for herself and her family and she was very proud of her new position. Years later, we moved to the Northside, a nice corner house on Bevra, where she really enjoyed that neighborhood the most so far.
Well, mom and the whole gang started hanging out at the Wilson Senior Center enjoying old friends, going on bus tours every month and always remembering about old school like, remember the "Casa De Thomas" and the "Casa Tropical" at the airport, or the "Crows Nest" to dance, and of course the Elks Lodge, Eagles, Knights of Columbus and the Bandar in Ventura. Having photos taken with friends amidst a small cocktail table, with Margaritas and Cervezas. Mom would often bring home a glass souvenir from their outings. It was all about dancing, singing and Gritos. They were all fine people.
Mom decided to move to Camarillo about 15 years later since some of her friends were also moving. She found herself a nice corner condo, of course a corner, but that did not last long as she missed Oxnard, "Que Nuevas", so she says I guess Oxnard it is, let's go find me my last house.
Well less than a year there in her latest home in Camarillo she breaks the trend and purchases a home that is not on a corner lot.About 6 months after her move back to Oxnard, mom suffered a heart attack and had to recover at an Assisted Living facility in Camarillo.After being there for more than a year, she was ready to get out of there, she did not want to live the rest of her days in assisted living but wanted to buy another home and live her full life.Mom decided to leave her old hood, the City she so loved and move to Bakersfield where she was able to purchase a beautiful home and work in her garden again and visit with her nephew Michael and his wife Rosa Garner. Make new friends and play with her 2 cats.
As I drove mom around Bakersfield for a Margarita or 2 Cerveza lunch, we met the nicest folks who were drawn to her by her presence. Mom's friends "the girls" as she would say, would chat and dance with her to the music she loved to play on the old Jukebox!
Now our mother, Connie Almeida, passed away on December 26, 2020 from this ruthless virus at the age of 91, even with her dementia she was full of spunk and spirit. She is preceded in death by her daughter Irene Adele Betancourt, her granddaughter, Jessica Alaniz and is survived by her loving son "Beau" Jack Dean Almeida, daughters, Elizabeth Sanchez and Isabelle Davis (Mike Davis), 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Rest in Peace Mom with all the beautiful angels who are waiting to receive you with so much love.
"We Adore You, We Miss You Always" Mom, Comadre, Mom's house, yellow mom, Tia and my best friend.
A visitation for Connie will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 9:30a - 11:30a at the Reardon Funeral Home, 511 North A St., Oxnard, with a graveside service to follow at Santa Clara Cemetery, 2370 North H St, Oxnard.
Connie has been entrusted to the care of the family-owned and operated Reardon Funeral Home, www.reardonfh.com