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Dora Isabel Aguilar
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Birth: Jun. 5, 1913, Panama
Death: Nov. 6, 2002
San Diego County
California, USA

Late last Wednesday, a voyage that began in the cantinas and mean streets of Pre-World War I Panama, ended peacefully in San Diego, leaving in its wake eight children, 28 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and enough stories and memories to fill a score of ships logs.

Dora Aguilar, the youngest daughter of a dancer and police officer was left at age five to live with her grandmother after her father was killed during a confrontation with drunken sailors.

Little did she know then that 12 years later at the age of 17 she would be boarding a U.S. Naval Transport ship for America to follow her husband, Francisco, a U.S. Navy Bandmaster who had played with John Phillip Sousa and served aboard the USS Arizona.

Speaking no English and 5,000 miles from her closest family member, Dora quickly became the fierce and loving matriarch who fed, clothed, disciplined and nurtured her growing family. Dora raised her six daughters and two sons through the Depression, the Second World War, Korea and Vietnam.

Known for her fearlessness when it came to protecting and guiding her family through the years, it was a shock for her loving family to see her on November 6 go so gently to her heavenly reward, joining her husband, Francisco, who died in 1984, and her oldest beloved daughter, Gloria, who preceded her in 1991.

Her spirit survives in her growing family: sons: Richard Aguilar of Tucson, Arizona and Alfred Aguilar of Scotch Plains, New Jersey; daughters: Gloria Paulos (deceased) of Hayward; Thelma Aguilar and Amelia (Emy) Alhambra of San Diego; Carmen Aranda of Hemet; Mary Butcher of Temecula and Anita Carter of Del Mar; 28 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation Sunday, Nov. 10, 12-5 p.m., with Rosary at 4 p.m., El Camino Memorial Park & Mortuary, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd., Sorrento Valley. Mass Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at San Diego Mission de Alcala, 10818 San Diego Mission Rd. Interment El Camino Memorial Park & Mortuary, Sorrento Valley. A celebration of her life will be held following interment at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla. The family suggests contributions to San Diego Hospice. Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on November 10, 2002
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  Francisco Aguilar (____ - 1984)*
*Calculated relationship
El Camino Memorial Park
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Aug 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95053670
Dora Isabel Aguilar
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