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Lucille Mary ""Lucy"" Puerta

June 25, 1923 - April 20, 2014

Lucille Puerta passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 20th at the home of her daughter, Ava, and son-in-law, Bill Rothwell in Lomita. Lucy was born on June 25th, 1923 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Alphonso and Frances Trujillo, 3rd child born after her older brother and sister, Al and Lois. A younger sister, Al…read more

Lucille Puerta passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 20th at the home of her daughter, Ava, and son-in-law, Bill Rothwell in Lomita. Lucy was born on June 25th, 1923 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Alphonso and Frances Trujillo, 3rd child born after her older brother and sister, Al and Lois. A younger sister, Alice, followed 6 years later. The family moved to Milagro, New Mexico during the depression where her dad worked on the family ranch growing crops of beans, corn, alfalfa and cane. Some of Lucyís fondest memories were of her experiences riding horses, milking cows and raising her pet lamb. The movie ìThe Milagro Beanfield Warsî conveyed the hardship and scarcity of water. Lucy remembered well that her father had to haul tanks of water with a horse and wagon to fill the sistern for drinking water. Lucy also remembered riding in the wagon to neighboring ranches to dance and sing at ìfiestas.î Sadly, her mother passes away when Lucy was only twelve and her father eventually remarried. Brothers Carlos and Raymond, now deceased, were the offspring of that union. Even after Lucy relocated to California, she visited her beloved home state of New Mexico whenever possible and kept in close touch with her brothers and the extended Trujillo family and also maintained a strong loving bond with Bachicha family, cousins Sally, Helen and Freddie. Lucy lived with her sister Lois and brother-in-law Pat, (Loisí husband) for a time in Vallejo, California working at Mare Island Navy Yard as a secretary during WWII and also attended USO dances for fun. Later in Los Angeles, she worked for Bell Telephone as an operator and met her future husband, Technical Sergeant Joe Puerta returning from the war. After their wedding in 1946 in Los Angeles, they moved to San Pedro where daughters Kathy and Sandy were born in 1947 and 1948 respectively. Later the family relocated to Lomita where son Joe, Jr. was born in 1951 and the youngest daughter Ava in 1954. While in Lomita and later in Harbor City, Lucy stayed close to her sisters Lois and Alice and always relished the time they spent together. Her beloved brother Al retired from the Army after serving courageously in two wars. He married his sweetheart, moved Puerto Rico and started a family. Lucy always maintained close ties with her sister-in-law Mercedes, niece Yvonne, and nephew Luis even after her brotherís untimely death. Lucy also dearly loved the Puerta family and that love was returned with true affection. Lucy was a full time mother/homemaker for many years until she decided to work outside the home, finally retiring in 1977 from the Starkist Cannery. She then devoted her life to the care of her husband and her father, who lived with them for many years. She was always available at the drop of a hat to help anyone in need and was a devoted Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, serving as a built-in babysitter for many years. She was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Parish for many years, with a powerful faith in God which sustained her to the end. Her years of service to the Catholic Daughters were one of her proudest achievements, serving as regent twice. Her husband, Joseph Puerta, Sr., preceded her in death in 1994. She is survived by her children: daughters Kathy (Jim) Serici, Sandy (Tim) Lee, Ava (Bill) Rothwell and her son Joe Puerta, Jr.; grandchildren: Allison (Phil) Croulet, John King, Katie (Sud) Doss, Olivia Puerta, Devon and Billy Lee, Michelle (Mike) Syverson, Rick Serici and seven great-grandchildren: Forrest, Juliana, Rudy, Hannah, Sud Jr., Lindsay and Kendal. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Lois Lopez of Norwalk, her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Carlos and Marie Trujillo, sister-in-law Lucille Trujillo of Albuquerque, New Mexico and many loving nieces and nephews. Lucy reached out to all people in need and her many acts of kindness will linger on as a beautiful legacy to her family.

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Service Information

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A.M. Gamby Funeral Home

25001 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717
 
Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 am

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church

25511 Eshelman Avenue
Lomita, CA 90717
 
Date: Monday, April 28, 2014

Green Hills Memorial Park Chapel

27501 S. Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
 

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