2/15/1943 – 11/16/2018
Sylvia Jimenez of Carpinteria passed peacefully Nov. 16, 2018. She lived 75 joyful and happy years.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her sister Margrette Escamilla. Sylvia is survived by her husband Frederick Jimenez Sr., her two sons Raymond Jimenez (Trisha Jimenez), Frederick Jimenez Jr. (Yvonne Jimenez), her mother Josephine Villages, her brother Tony Villages (Aleyda), her five grandchildren Jessica Jimenez, Frederick Jimenez III, Raymond Jimenez Jr., Anthony Jimenez and Joseph Anthony Jimenez.
Sylvia was born on Feb. 15, 1943, in Santa Barbara, California. She was raised in Carpinteria by her mother Josephine and grew up with her brother Tony and her sister Margaret. Her mother loved her so very much, their bond was indescribable, a bond a mother and daughter only dream of, but they had it and was never going to change.
Sylvia carried on a quality that her mother instilled, to be there for her family that she loved being with every single day of her life.
Sylvia was raised in Carpinteria and lived there her whole life. She graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1961. She then got married on Aug. 24, 1963 to Frederick Jimenez Sr. Sylvia worked many jobs that she enjoyed and loved doing because of the qualities that were instilled in her growing up. She worked at the Carpinteria Unified School District, Jostens and Gallup and Stripling Orchids. Sylvia’s main passion was her family. Raising her sons and giving them the tools to make the world their own and always chase after their dreams was something she always wanted her sons to do with their lives.
Sylvia enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking for her family, babysitting and spending time with all her grandchildren, camping (and when camping, cooking above an open fire), watching the Dodgers on TV and cheering them on from her seat, and dancing and having music go throughout the house during holidays or any normal day. She had many friends near and far that she was always happy to see. She was the true definition of what a happy and sweet soul should be on this earth. She always had a smile on her face that lit up any room and made anyone that was having a bad day turn it around to be happy with the smile of hers. Sylvia lived a fun and happy life where she left a legacy in her two sons and all her grandchildren.
Sylvia was the best mother to her children. She showed the love she had for them, and the care, ever since they were born and showed it till her last days. She was an amazing wife, always being there for her husband. Bad or good days they were always laughing about something and enjoying their company together because they found true love between themselves and their love kept on growing into something beautiful. She was the best grandmother any grandkid can ask for in their lives. She was always there for them whenever they needed her, and protected them from any harm in this world and believed in them and all the dreams they had. From her husband, her two sons and her grandchildren the love they had for her was something you find once in a lifetime because Sylvia was a true gift to this world and a once in a lifetime person that can never be compared to anyone. She had the strength to fight through anything that was thrown at her life and she fought till her last days. She was an example for everyone she encountered and the example of always being happy, laughing, being there for anyone, and simply enjoying life that will live through her husband, sons and grandchildren till the end of time. She will be missed and loved dearly, but never forgotten by her family.
A rosary will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. at Welch-Ryce-Haider downtown Chapel. Mass will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. Interment to follow at Carpinteria Cemetery.