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Nov. 17, 1927 – Jan. 8, 2020
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Manuela Jaquez Carmona entered into rest at age 92 in Modesto, CA, on January 8, 2020. Born November 17, 1927, in Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Jesus Mendosa and Jose Maria Jaquez, Manuela was the sixth of nine children. She was married for 64 years to Gaspar Carmona until his death in 2015. She is survived by her five children: Mireya (Rodger) Clark, Nilda Kindorf, Elda Coleman, Gasper (Laurie) Carmona, Jr., and Carmen (Sean) Walker; seven grandchildren: Jeffry Brandenburg, Thomas Clark, Mandy Ruffner, Paul Kindorf, Katharine Clark, David Kindorf and Ryan Carmona; and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her siblings. Manuela was an elementary school teacher in Mexico when she met and married Gaspar, “The Cowboy,” in 1951. With their two oldest daughters, she immigrated to Texas in 1956, to join her husband who had gained residency through the Bracero Program in 1954 and they settled in Welch, Texas. Two more daughters and a son were added to the family during those early years. Primarily a homemaker, she would join her husband to work in the cotton fields during those hot summers in West Texas. She taught herself English and encouraged her children in their education leading to all five children graduating from college.
In 1975, the family moved to San Jose, CA, where Manuela found employment as a housekeeper in a nursing home and then as a disc burnisher at Memorex Corporation. In 1988, she and her husband retired to Oakdale, California, where they were surrounded by family, and were known as Grandma and Grandpa, then Nana and Papa to the great grandchildren. She always made sure there was something to eat for anyone who dropped in and she crocheted caps, scarves, blankets, sweaters and booties for any and all.
She loved reading, especially poetry, followed current events in the news and made sure to do the daily word search in the newspaper. A life-long Catholic, she was devoted to her faith and her family. She will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oakdale Memorial Chapel, 830 West F Street, Oakdale 95361. Graveside service will be Thursday, January 16, at 12 p.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Park, 431 N. Sierra Avenue, Oakdale 95361.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

Jan. 15, 2020