|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1934|
San Bernardino County
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 2011|
San Bernardino County
Pauline Murillo (Cahuilla/Serrano)
Elder of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians
Born in 1934 on the San Manuel Reservation located in the foothills of the San Bernardino
Mountains, Pauline Murillo is a deeply respected Elder of the San Manuel Band of
Married to George, her husband of 58 years, Pauline is a loving and attentive mother of three children, grandparent of eight, and great-grandparent of 19.
From an early age Pauline Murillo worked with her mother, Tribal Spokesperson Martha Manuel Chacon, to reach out beyond the borders of San Manuel to bring a better quality of life to the reservation which until the 1980s lacked even basic infrastructure.
Growing up, Pauline and her mother visited schools to share factual accounts of tribal history, culture and language that were not well known outside of her community. She would carry this work forward as a tribal culture bearer, native speaker, author and presenter dedicated to a principal, "To never forget who you are or where you came from."
In 2001, Pauline published the critically-acclaimed Living in Two Worlds, which includes hundreds of family photographs that help offer a truly unique insight and spiritual view of her life growing up on the San Manuel Indian Reservation in the 20th century.
Her autobiography stands as an important historical work about California Native American women, a genre lacking significant representation in our nation's written history.
Her most recent work, We Are Still Here Alive and in Spirit is the compelling sequel to Living in Two Worlds, which garnered strong reviews from literary circles around the country. We Are Still Here Alive and in Spirit continues her memorable story of life on the San Manuel
Indian Reservation and includes more than 1,500 rare photos that complete a unique picture of the Native American experience.
Pauline and George are noted philanthropists donating time and funds to hospitals, schools and non-profits to benefit the greater community. In 2009 the Murillo's donated $800,000 to Cal State San Bernardino to construct an observatory which bears the family's name. In 2008 the family's contribution to Loma Linda University Medical Center allowed the hospital to expand its lounge for oncology patients and their families and was rededicated to the family.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years George; Two daughters Lynn "Nay" Valbuena and her husband Stephen of Orange and Audrey Martinez of Highland; son George "Boy" Murillo and his wife Renea of Highland; two brothers Roy Chacon and Raoul "Beanie" Chacon; three sisters Sandy Marquez, Rena Ramos and Carla Rodriguez; eight grandchildren Rich LeRoy, Jr., Sabrina Nakhjavanpour, Robert "Loawee" Martinez, III, Sheena Martinez, Holly Martinez, Dillon Murillo, Skye Murillo and Bella Murillo; 19 great grand children and a host of extended family and friends.
Pauline "Dimples" was a homemaker and enjoyed being active in the community. She was a member of the Highland Women's Club, a proud member of the "Red Hat Ladies" and both she and George are members of the Highland Senior Center, which is an organization that serves seniors in the Highland area. They have made many personal contributions to this organization.
Passionate about Tribal heritage and culture, Pauline "Dimples" enjoyed traveling to various public schools and colleges in the area, speaking to faculty and students about Native American culture, identity and tradition. Working to pass the language to future generations, she worked with the education department teaching the youth the Serrano language. She also made Indian cradle dolls and other Native American arts and crafts, which she displays and sells Native American cultural events including Indian Pow-Wows.
Beautiful Dimples, the light of so many lives, you are graciously blessed. You are a legend in time and an honorary woman of grace and standing in the community, here and in so many other cities and states where you touched the hearts of many.
You are remembered and admired for your loving, caring and giving nature, and for your devotion to family and to keeping your native heritage always at the top of your desires.
I have been told that you were quite the teacher and loved to share life stories about your heritage with all of the generations of tribal members, so that they may continue to carry the traditions and understandings of your tribal nation to all the generations.
God Bless you and your family and loved ones, and may He give you Peace and may He Comfort those who are grieving the loss of this honorary Woman.
With much love and adoration, Karen
San Manuel Tribal Cemetery
San Bernardino County
Created by: Karen
Record added: Jan 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64694206
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