In Loving Memory of
Clara Rose Morales Hernandez
August 25, 1928 June 13, 2020
91 Years Blessed and Loved
Clara entered into Eternal Rest in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior peacefully in her home surrounded by the love of her children and grandchildren. The Lord took mama’s hand at 3:16 pm, family members looked at each other and acknowledged the Holy Gospel of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but might have eternal life”.
Born in Westmorland, CA to Eufracio & Braulia Morales. Preceded in death by her husband Santos Ochoa Hernandez. Clara and Santos raised 9 children in California; Jesse (deceased), Martin, Maria (deceased), Clarita, Bernice, Olivia (deceased), Grace (Dennis - deceased), Alex (Linda) and Pauline (David), 80 plus grandchildren (5 generations). Siblings Abram (deceased), Frank, Lencho, Grace, Angie, Juanita and Ray (deceased). Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Early in their marriage, Santos and Clara worked in the fields. Santos was a foreman and Clara prepared food for workers. She prepared meals on a makeshift stove which Santos made from an old cast-iron tub. They slept in tents after a long days work of hard labor. She often stated to her family “I don’t want to go camping or ever sleep in a tent again”. While raising her family, she worked at Valley View Packing Company in San Jose. She sorted fruit on an assembly line for 25+ years. In her free time, she helped immigrants complete paperwork to become US citizens. It suited her servant heart and she was always willing to help those in need. Santos and Clara owned a produce business and sold fruits, vegetables, chilis and nuts at the Berryessa Flea Market. In 1977, Santos passed away and Clara continued to work, raising her family and retired from Valley View in the early 1990’s.
Clara was very proud of her Tohono O’odham People of the Sonoran Desert residing primarily in the U.S. State of Arizona and the Mexican State of Sonora. Tohono O'odham means "Desert People". The federally recognized tribe is known as the Tohono O'odham Nation. Clara enjoyed going to Indian Pow Wows where many Indigenous People gathered. A note was recently found in her belongings and read - Good Morning in Papago “Yo Shin Shanai Tamai”. She loved her heritage and often sported her culture wearing beautiful clothing and jewelry (rings and necklaces).
Clara always looked her best with her hair styled, nails polished and lipstick on. She instilled her good habits to her family. She often said pick your self up no matter what is going on in your life, good or bad. This comes to mind of a verse in the Holy Gospel of Matthew 6;16 “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.” Clara is receiving her reward in heaven because her beauty inside emanated in her appearance outside.
She loved meeting people especially when they lavished over her youthful appearance. Clara was talented and very creative. She especially loved crocheting many items for family and friends. She made the most beautiful gifts from hats, scarves, booties, doilies and loved making blankets for new babies in the family. She would teach anyone who was willing to learn and leaves behind tons of yarn. She loved to watch her favorite shows such as old westerns, family feud, church services, America Ninja Worries and Novelas. She loved her word search puzzles, to go shopping, attend mass and functions. She mostly loved to cook for her family. She shared her love with food such as making fresh homemade tortillas and awesome burritos. Most days she rolled out 5 or 6 dozens filled with her love. Many of us right now can taste a homemade bean and cheese burrito. You were lucky if she made you a homemade lemon meringue pie or even a biscuit. Her beautifully skilled hands were always busy while working with love.
Most of all she loved her family and sought peace amongst us all. She loved phone calls and talking to her loved ones and friends. She taught her family to love one another, to cherish every moment of life, and to forgive others. A reading from Ephesians 4:32 “And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” She was a beautiful soul who gave her heart to everyone she met.
We are truly blessed and honored with the privilege to call our Mother Mama, Mamacita and Grandmother Abuelita, Lita, knowing she loved us all. We will forever cherish our time, our laughter and our love together.
Rest in Eternal Peace our beautiful matriarch.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit … God gave me you… Go Mama Go … Later Gator… Over and out … Late …
Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
He will destroy death forever.
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"
The word of the Lord.
Psalm 23:1-3, 4, 5, 6
R/. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
in verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name sake. R/.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage. R/.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. R/.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come. R/.
Romans- 6:3-4, 8-9)
We too might live in newness of life.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.
If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.
The word of the Lord.
Luke 23:33, 39-43
Today you will be with me in Paradise.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
When the soldiers came to the place called the Skull,
they crucified Jesus and the criminals there,
one on his right, the other on his left.
Now one of the criminals hanging there
reviled Jesus, saying,
"Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us."
The other man, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
"Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal."
Then he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom."
He replied to him,
"Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
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