|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1922|
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 2010|
Marian Pina Chavez was born on February 17, 1922, in Phoenix, Arizona. She was one of seven children, and the only surviving daughter born to George Pina and Anita Duran Pina. Surrounded by her loving family, Marian passed away Friday, August 27, 2010, at the age of 88 years.
At a very young age, Marian's mother died, and along with her father, she assumed the demanding role of helping raise her brothers, Pete, Henry, Ralph, Frank, Gilbert and Rudy. She lived in Arizona until the early 1930's, when the family moved to California, and settled in Visalia. She was a homemaker, beloved wife and mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. Marian will always be remembered for her loving dedication to her husband and family, her resourcefulness and self-taught skills in making a house a home, her passion for gardening, cooking, sewing, antiquing, and kindnesses to her prized pets.
She enjoyed her travels with family to Hawaii, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Oaxaca and Chihuahua, Mexico. But the most cherished by her and her family was the first family road trip in 1956, to visit the California Missions. There were many things this very kind and compassionate lady was grateful for, but in recent years, high on her list was the care and dedication of Dr. Adolf Nava - and to him, her family will be forever grateful.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Pete, Henry, Frank, and Gilbert Pina, and by her youngest son, William A. Chavez. Marian is survived by her husband of 68 years, Alfred B. Chavez, her children, George Chavez and wife, Antonia, and Olivia Chavez and husband, Michael Leoni, all living in Visalia. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrea Soto, and husband Victor, Gabriella Chavez, George Chavez, all of Visalia; Nicholas and Henri Chavez of Sacramento; and her great grandchildren, Mario Navarro, Isaac Soto, Diego Soto, Faith Soto, and Georgie Isaiah Chavez, all of Visalia. Other survivors include her brothers, Ralph Pina and partner, Mary Lou Aranda of San Jose, Rudy Pina and wife, Josephine of Porterville, and countless nieces and nephews and family throughout California, Texas and Arizona.
Visitation and Rosary will be held at Salser Dillard Funeral Chapel, on Thursday, September 2, 2010, with viewing beginning at 4 p.m., and Rosary 6 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Visalia, on Friday, September 3, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.. Internment to immediately follow at Visalia District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Marian's name to Tulare County SPCA, and the Visalia Cancer Relay For Life .
Published in Visalia Times-Delta on September 1, 2010
Visalia Public Cemetery
Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Sep 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57995516
Lovely roses for my dear mother, Marian, her favorite flower. Not a day goes by without thinking about you sweet mother.|
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