6/19/1926 – 12/24/2020
A union that was formed in Heaven went full circle on Dec. 24 when our mom, Margaret, joined the love of her life, our Dad, who the Lord had recently passed on Dec. 3, 2020.
Born to Graciano and Josefa Saragosa on June 19, 1926, she was the second youngest of six sisters and three brothers. Margaret lived in just two homes here in Carpinteria her entire lifetime: her childhood residence on Cramer Road and the house she shared with our dad for the past 67 years. Together, they raised two children, Reginald Ronald (Ronnie) and Valerie Lou (Melendez).
Sure, Mom always tagged along with Dad to our games and activities, but she also did things like always having breakfast ready in the morning and a four-sandwich lunch for later in the school day; and we were not allowed to walk out of the house with a single wrinkle on our clothes and our our athletic uniforms clean or new shoelaces were as clean as you could get them. Mama used to clean somebody else’s house just to buy us a new pair of shoes.
Friends were always (not just on Tuesdays) stopping by to enjoy some of Mom’s tacos or her rolled chicken taquitos which were once featured in the Santa Barbara News Press food section. A fresh pot of beans, pan de Fideo and homemade flour tortillas rounded out our gastronomically blessed childhood.
Pama, as she was called by her grandchildren, you and Papa set the bar of service to your family pretty high. We have no realistic aspirations of ever reaching that tier but at least we have an example for which we can live by and strive for.
Margaret is survived by her previously mentioned children, Ron Velasquez of San Diego and Valerie (Benjamin) Melendez of Carpinteria; her grandchildren, MMN1(SW) Reginald W. “Bubba” (Jolie) Velasquez, USN South Carolina parents of great grandchild Reginald Edward “REV,” Zachary Ryan, Raymond Gerald and Kiley Mae Velasquez of San Diego; her sister Josephine Garcia of Santa Barbara as well as numerous nephews, nieces and godchildren.
Due to Covid-19, a private funeral mass will be held for Pama and Papa on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 1532 Linden Ave. in Carpinteria, with interment following at Carpinteria Cemetery.
A celebration of their lives and love will be held at a later date when we can all break bread together.