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Marina Uranga Anaya

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Marina Uranga was born February 18, 1937, to Francisco Javier Uranga and Refugio Salazar Uranga. She was the fourth of nine children and the first to be born in Los Angeles. Her parents were born in Chihuahua, Mexico and separately emigrated to El Paso, Texas, where they met and married. Her three older siblings were born there. Then they came to Los Angeles in 1936.Marina attended our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in East Los Angeles where she became a most accomplished student. She then went to Sacred Heart of Jesus HS in Lincoln Heights where she was active in all areas of school life. She was editor of the annual yearbook, Student Body Vice President, played sports, and was the recipient of the Bank of America Achievement Award in Business. She was also the school's representative in Sacramento at Girl's State.Upon graduating from HS, Marina went to work for the City of Los Angeles. She progressed through several tests to the position of Secretary to the Chief Legislative Analyst for the City of Los Angeles. She then transferred into the Mayor's office. At this time she took and passed the highest test and was appointed as Administrative Secretary to the Mayor. The Mayor at the time was Sam Yorty. Yorty then began a campaign for Governor and Marina had to don a costume and be "a Yorty Girl", most likely precipitating her decision to retire from the City and attend college.Marina attended college at Cerritos College and Rio Hondo College where she received her A.A. in Spanish and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then went on to Cal State University at Los Angeles, where she completed her BA in Spanish with a minor in Business Education graduating Magna Cum Laude. She went on to complete an M.A. in Secondary Education graduating again with the designation of Magna Cum Laude. Incredibly, she did all this while raising three children, Paul Anthony, Leanne Marie and Stephanie Lynn. Not only was Marina a loving and supportive mother to her children, but she was unequivocally as loving and supportive to her eleven grandchildren, Marta Dalton (Ryan), Caitlyn Zank (Ben), Joseph Anaya, Timothy Anaya (Astrid), Daniel Anaya, Christopher Anaya, Quinn Reece, Caden Reece (deceased), Allegra Sernett, Noelle Sernett and Pierce Sernett. Marina also loved and enjoyed her four great-grand children, Jefferson, Aria, Everest and Elizabeth Mae.Marina's vast career in education began in 1976, with successive positions as teacher, Director of ESL and faculty President at Artesia HS, from 1976 to 1983. In 1983, she was promoted to Assistant Principal at Santa Fe HS in the Whittier Union HS District, and in 1986, was again promoted to Principal of Pioneer HS, where she spent four fulfilling years. In 1990, she was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Whittier Union HS District. She served in this capacity until her retirement on August 28, 1998.Marina was passionate about serving the Whittier community and was a longtime member and past president of the Whittier Soroptimist Club, as well as a Board member of the Women and Children's Crisis Center, Kappa Gamma Delta and Board member of the TRI Cities ROP Board.But Marina's greatest passion was her family. In 1966, Marina married Ralph Anaya and they shared a beautiful partnership for 52 wonderful years, during which they enjoyed traveling extensively with family and friends throughout Europe, China, Russia, South America, and all of North America. Unfortunately, their adventures were cut short by the ravages of ALS, which Marina fought steadfastly and without complaint for 5 years, eventually succumbing to the illness on August 31, 2018. Marina is survived by her husband, Ralph, her three children, Paul Anaya (Jeri), Leanne Reece (Tony), and Stephanie Anaya-Sernett (Dan), ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.Services will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Whittier on Saturday, Sept 8, 2018 at 9:15 am, followed by burial services at Rose Hills in Whittier. Please sign the guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/whittierdailynews.
Published in Whittier Daily News on Sept. 5, 2018
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