OBITUARY

Armida V. Renteria

April 29, 1940July 9, 2018
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Armida “Milita” Velasquez Renteria was born on April 29, 1940 in Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico to Agustin Velasquez and Rut Caudillo de Velasquez. She grew up in Ejido Pantanito, Sonora, where she attended Felipe Carillo Puerto School. One of sixteen siblings, she helped plant and pick cotton, water the alfalfa fields, round up the cows and feed the chickens on her father’s ranch. She said that she preferred being out in the ranch rather than staying indoors. Except for that one time when she was six and tried to pick a pomegranate from a tree not knowing there was a beehive behind it. The bees stung and she ended up inside her cool adobe house under the care of my grandmother.

Growing up, my mother learned to cook on an iron wood-burning stove, the most exquisite Sonoran cuisine, which included enormous and delectable handmade flour tortillas. She memorized all her recipes. She attended church, studied the Bible, memorized verses, songs, poems.

My mother left Pantanito for Nogales Bible School in Arizona where she graduated with a degree in Theology. She became a missionary, traveling to different states in Mexico and teaching about the Word of God. My mother was a devout Christian whose own life was a testimony of pure kindness, compassion, dedication.

On her missionary travels through Tepic, Nayarit, she met my father, Jesus Renteria, a handsome U.S. Army soldier then on temporary leave from Germany. She was making tortillas at his sister’s house when they met. They later married, had four children and somehow ended up in Redlands, California.

When my parents moved to the States my mother learned English. She became the Sunday School teacher for the adults at the Latin American Free Methodist Church in Redlands. She worked hard. Nothing seemed impossible. Sometimes she would drive by herself from Redlands to Pantanito to visit family. Whenever I asked my mother, “Mom do you think that this is possible? Mom do you think I can do this?” She would say, “ Of course you can,” with such candor and confidence. Nothing seemed impossible for her. This was a reflection of her faith.

Oh! Yo siempre amare esa cruz. En sus triunfos mi gloria sera. Y algun dia en vez de una cruz. Mi corona Jesus me dara. - En El Monte Calvario

We lost our mother this year on Tuesday, July 9th at 3:00 in the afternoon to Alzheimer’s Disease. It was a long painful battle for her. Her work is finished here. Her suffering is over and her soul, light and flawless is with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I have faith that this is so and I am grateful.

-Ruth Renteria

  • FAMILY

  • Jesus Renteria, Husband
  • Ruth Renteria, Daughter
  • Elsa Renteria, Daughter
  • Claudia Ollis, Daughter
  • Jesse Renteria, Son
  • ~ 11 ~, Grandchildren
  • ~ 1 ~, Great Grandchild
  • Mrs. Renteria also leaves 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild to cherish her memory.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Chapel Service Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Reception Friday, July 27, 2018
REMEMBERING

Armida V. Renteria

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Elsa Renteria

July 29, 2018


Thank you all for your loving support. May His peace surround you.  May His love overflow through you.     Remember that God is our source and strength.
In Jesus love ❤️
God bless you

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Elsa Renteria

July 29, 2018

Through my moms faithfulness she honored the Lords wishes. She lived a spiritual and faithful life. I remember how calmly my mom would react to one of my many crisis Pues ni modo mijita, encomiéndate al señor her response made the crisis seem less crisis like, less dramatic and assured me that things would fall into place and they did. She was a phenomenal cook and was quick to share whatever she had created in her kitchen with visiting guests in her home.
Gracias mami!
I want to honor, thank and acknowledge my sisters Ruth and Claudia for caring for our mother. Thank you Dad for handing down your warrior skills! Thank you Jesse and Danielle for your strength.
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Elsa Renteria

July 29, 2018

Good morning I am Elsa, I’m the middle daughter Thank you all for coming today to honor our mother. It’s wonderful to see our many friends and relatives on this beautiful and especially revered day.
While our mother is in a place of peace and rest the end of her journey with Alzheimer’s was painful to watch and Every phase had its challenge.
In fact it was extremely difficult to see her fading and seeing her thoughts drift off into the distance. Every now and then she’d reappear and a glimpse of her gentle spirit and personality re surfaced, those big beautiful green eyes and smile brightened our day. And yet we realize that we had her in her best years as we lost her long before her passing.
Isaiah 40; 30-31 reads;
Even youth will become weak and tired and young men will fall in exhaustion But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength They will soar high on wings like eagles They will run and not grow weary They will walk and not faint.
Our mother demonstrated her love for others as she served as a missionary in Tepic, Nayarit which is where she met our dad when he was home from Germany where he served in the United States Army. She was a dedicated and honorable mother, wife, aunt,friend grandmother and great grandmother thinking of others first was a priority in her life. She lovingly cared for her children grandchildren and consistently gave generously to her nieces and nephews. I learned many things from both my parents. But the thing that permeated deeply within me was that we witnessed and had the privilege of knowing first hand those exemplary qualities of love, generosity, selflessness, loyalty, courage kindness compassion and honor but most importantly she lived her life based on the Bible’s instructions.
John 5:24 reads
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
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Jesse and Danielle Renteria

July 28, 2018

On the way to grandma's ranch

Jesse and Danielle Renteria

July 28, 2018

Jesse and Danielle Renteria

July 28, 2018

Jesse & Danielle Renteria

July 28, 2018

Jesse & Danielle Renteria

July 28, 2018

Jesse & Danielle Renteria

July 28, 2018

Jesse & Danielle Renteria

July 28, 2018