|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1944|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 2013|
Fresno Bee: Mar 15, 2013
Esther Padilla, the only Hispanic woman to serve on the Fresno City Council and a longtime social worker and champion of organ transplants, died this week of renal failure.
Mrs. Padilla packed more than a lifetime of community service into her 69 years, including a decade-long unpaid stint with the United Farm Workers and work with Fresno County Head Start, Sequoia Community Health Foundation and Centro La Familia. She served a single term on the Fresno City Council between 1991 and 1995.
Born in Fowler and raised in Fresno, Mrs. Padilla attended Washington Union High School and then earned undergraduate and master's degrees in social work from Fresno State. She worked for Fresno County's Department of Social Services and for Fresno County Head Start. It was in 1970, during her time with Head Start, that she met and married Gilbert Padilla. They were married 43 years. In 1981, they moved from the UFW headquarters in Keane to Fresno. And Mrs. Padilla never completely left social work. In 1983, she became the supervising social worker at Centro La Familia. She kept the position even after being elected to the Fresno City Council in 1991.
In the final job of her varied career, Mrs. Padilla became community outreach coordinator/family service coordinator for the California Transplant Donor Network. She didn't officially retire until December 2012, even though she had grown increasingly sick the past three years.
Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Padilla; daughter, Adele; and two sisters.
Visitation: St. Alphonsus Church.
Funeral Mass: St. Alphonsus Church.
Burial: St. Peter's Cemetery.
Saint Peters Cemetery
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Mar 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106761167
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