10/23/1928 – 1/26/2021
The Heavens rejoiced as Maria Saragosa, 92, was welcomed by her Heavenly Father on Jan. 26, 2021.
Maria Alvarez Saragosa was born in Carpinteria, California, on Oct. 23, 1928, to Jose Alvarez and Ignacia Aguilar Alvarez. She was the youngest of six children. Her parents were from Michoacan, Mexico, and came to Carpinteria around 1920. The Great Depression caused the family to return to Mexico in 1932 when Maria was 3 years old. She returned at the age of 17, with only her brother. The rest of the family remained.
At age 19, while back in Carpinteria, Maria met the love of her life, Domingo Saragosa. They married on Jan. 2, 1952. Together, they built their home. Maria oversaw running the cement mixer. This home is where they raised their eight children. Her husband and children were her whole world, as she tended to them with all her heart. Her home was the core of her life and all were welcomed whether they were family or not. Her kitchen was always open with homemade tortillas. Nothing brought her more joy than to hold a new grand- or great-grandbaby. Her passion and tranquility were found in her yard, as she tended to her many plants and beautiful flowers. She had a gift of gardening and she could make anything grow. Her other passion was sewing, a gift she passed on to her daughters. She enjoyed the simple things in life, like sitting on her back porch, enjoying the morning sun with her cup of coffee, or perhaps hanging clothes on the clothesline. She was very dedicated to her parish life at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Her joy was the church’s annual carnival, where you might find her making enchiladas or strawberry shortcakes.
Words cannot express how much she will be missed, especially by her children Maggie (Don) Farmer, Marta (Ken) Becker, Daniel (Cathy) Saragosa, Celia Saragosa, Ana (Todd) Sullivan, Jaime (Dan’ell) Saragosa, Ray Saragosa and Gloria Saragosa. Maria was blessed with 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild and they all adored her! Her greatest blessing is to be reunited in Heaven with Domingo, her husband of 66 years, whom she lost three years ago.
The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Beamer for the many years of his loving care, support and dedication to Maria and Domingo.
Services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1500 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. There will be a rosary first, followed by mass. Interment will follow at Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane, Carpinteria.