Surrounded by her family, Blasa Molina peacefully took her last breath in her home on January 9, 2013 at the age of 88 and now rests in the lords hands. She was born on April 4, 1924 in Tetillas, Zacatecas, Mexico to Arcadio Molina and Abundia Rodarte and was the last surviving sibling of four sisters and three brothers. She devoted her life to her children and family, was hard-working, determined, courageous and was known for her independence and self-sufficiency. As a single mother, she crossed the Juarez border for work daily, for years, in order to provide for her children and always encouraged them to get a good education. After migrating to Watsonville, CA in 1968, she dedicated 23 years to the agricultural industry picking strawberries and brussel sprouts, amongst others. Through her own strength and sacrifice she was able to purchase her own home in Watsonville and also built several others from the ground up. She spoke little English, but that never stopped her from doing what she enjoyed most, such as traveling around the world. Many of us were also touched by her talents, either as we drove by her beautiful rose garden on Sudden St., or we are one of the lucky few whose clothes were altered or made by her beautiful strong hands. Blasa Molina was preceded in death by her daughter, Josefina, who passed away at ten months old and is survived by seven children: Maria Pineda, Rosa Castruita, Jose Manuel Molina, Jose Luis Molina, Jaime Molina, Maria Guadalupe Coleman, and Hector Javier Molina and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, and multiple nieces, nephews and friends. She was loved by many and her humor, wit, tenacity and laughter will never be forgotten. Descanse en Paz Mamá, Abuelita, Doña Blasita.
A visitation will be held at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel on Sunday, January 13th from 5-9 p.m. with a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Valley Catholic Church on Monday, January 14th at 12 p.m. with burial to follow at Valley Public Cemetery.For the complete article see the 01-12-2013 issue.
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