02/04/1930 – 11/15/2022

Rachel De La Cruz, 92, a longtime Carpinteria resident, peacefully passed away at her home on Nov. 15, surrounded by her loved ones. 

Rachel met her husband, Tony De La Cruz, in 1946 in Los Angles, and they married in 1947. They became Carpinteria residents with their five small children in 1953. As the family grew, they had three additional children. In Rachel’s prime, she cleaned houses while being an extraordinary homemaker; she loved to cook for her family. The family will truly miss her famous tamales during the holidays. Rachel loved going to church and studying the word of God. 

Rachel leaves behind six living children: her sons, Victor, Andrew (Gloria), Hank (Roxanne) and her daughters Yolanda (Bobby), Rachel and Irene. She also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Her legacy will carry on. Rachel was preceded in death by her husband, Tony, who died in 1988; her son Louie in 1995 and her son Danny in 2000. Rachel will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband. You will forever be in our hearts.

Rachel’s services will be held on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Ln., Carpinteria. A reception will follow at Lions Park 6197 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA, 93013.

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