|Birth: ||Dec. 27, 1939|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 2012|
Evelyn the second child of Ascencion "John" Arias and Beatrice Murdanes was born in Madera where she was raised and lived much of her life.
She met and married the love of her life, Fred Bjorquez Santillan in Oct 1957 in Madera, CA where two of their four children were born.
Evelyn's love of genealogy led her to many exciting discoveries of her ancestors and her connections with so many cousins throughout the Firebaugh, Fresno, and Madera areas. Her first ancestors in California arrived in 1775-76 with the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition. She was also of Yaqui Indian descent from the mid 1700s. Her drive to find more about her ancestors was an inspiration for so many of her primos!
She is greatly missed.
EVELYN GRACE SANTILLAN
Dec. 27, 1939-Nov. 24, 2012
Evelyn Grace Santillan, at 72 years young, lost her valiant battle with cancer on the evening of November 24, 2012. A resident of Los Banos, CA, Evelyn passed peacefully with family at her side.
Evelyn was born and raised in Madera. She graduated from Madera High in 1957. She married Fred B. Santillan later that fall. The family moved to the Silicon Valley in 1959 where both Fred and Evelyn worked at IBM for many years. They retired in Los Banos in 1992.
Evelyn is survived by husband Fred, her children Alfred and wife Lisa, Michael, Jennifer and David as well as her grandchildren Christopher, Mathew, and Lauren. Her surviving immediate family includes brothers John, Michael and Dennis Arias, and her sister Julia Luna.
A visitation will be held at 5:00 PM on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Whitehurst Chapel, 1840 Center Avenue, Los Banos followed by a rosary at 7:00 PM. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, 10:00 AM at St. Joseph's Church, Los Banos. Services are under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Chapel~Los Banos. While flowers are welcomed, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society in Evelyn's name.
Evelyn is now resting with her mother, next to her father.
Bio provided by Sheila Ruiz Harrell
John Arias (1918 - 2006)
Beatrice Muradanes Arias (1919 - 1979)
Evelyn Grace Arias Santillan (1939 - 2012)
Joanna Arias (1941 - 1941)*
Raynoldo Dennis Arias (1955 - 2013)*
Plot: Cremated; Ashes in Blk 13, Lot 731, Row 9, Plot 1
Created by: Sheila Ruiz Harrell
Record added: Nov 26, 2012
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