OBITUARY

Graciela Galvez

March 15, 1935November 3, 2019
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Graciela Galvez of Huntington Beach, California died Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Meadowlark Gardens home on Zeider Lane, Huntington Beach, after a long battle against Alzheimers. She was born in Lima, Peru on March 15, 1935, to Estela and Carlos Medina. She was a good student, learned English at school and moved to the United States (Los Angeles California) with her parents and sister Teresa in 1946 not long after the end of WWII.

She attended Le Conte Junior High starting in 1947, where she got heavily involved in the glee club, the Troubadours, and made friends there that she kept her entire life. She then attended Hollywood High School from 1950 to 1953 where she continued to enjoy singing and all things musical. While in high school she met her future husband, Carlos Galvez at a Xmas party in 1952. They hit it off as they both loved to dance and continued to do so during their entire life together. They were married in 1955 and had a son, Alfredo, born in February 1956.

She trained to be a legal secretary at Los Angeles City College, earning a 2 year degree. She worked full time in addition to being both a full time wife and mother. She and husband Carlos got their first home in 1967 in Huntington Beach – it was always her dream to be by the beach. However Carlos’ career took him overseas to Spain in 1969 where the family spent 4 years based in Madrid before returning to the US. Upon their return Graciela and Carlos were based ‘everywhere’ (Alameda California, Lima Peru, back to Huntington Beach California for a couple of years, Miami Florida, Jeddah Saudi Arabia and Marietta Georgia before finally settling back in the original Huntington Beach house in 2000.

In addition to living in several different places during her life it’s fair to say that Graciela travelled to every continent except Antarctica. While in Spain she learned to became an excellent cook – her carrot cake, bread pudding, lasagne and Thanksgivings turkeys were legendary While living in Marietta she decided to go back to school and she got certified as a paralegal at Kennesaw College in 1986. She also got a cert from the American Institute of Real Estate in 1998 having completed a course for sales person.

Upon her return to Huntington Beach California in 2000 her main focus was to look after her mother Estela. Estela lived with Graciela and Carlos until 2009 and then had to be transferred to a facility providing full-time care. Graciela continued to see her mother nearly every day until she passed in 2012. Around this time she was starting to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s and the diagnosis was confirmed around 2013.

Graciela is survived by her husband Carlos, her son Alfredo and daughter-in-law Joy. The chapel visitation will be held on Sunday November 10 at Harbor Lawn – Mt. Olive Mortuary and Memorial Park at 11am, followed by a service at noon. In lieu of flowers, it is asked that you donate to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org

Services

  • Chapel Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Chapel Service Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Tyson and Kirstie O’Brien

November 12, 2019

Grace and Elsie. Such a lovely visit.

Tyson and Kirstie O’Brien

November 12, 2019

A lovely moment with Isla and Elsie.

Tiffany O'Brien

November 11, 2019

Haydn, Abbie and Children O’Brien

November 11, 2019

Never was someone’s name more apt; Grace. I remember Grace as a lady with poise. In such contrast to my generation, she was like a figure from the days of the silver screen, and what a couple she made with Carlos. But she was deeper than that too. She always seemed interested in family, in the children, and you knew when she asked “how are they” it was not a term of phrase but a sincere question, because she cared. I feel the world is a little less glamorous now that she has been gathered, but perhaps a little of that glamour lives on in the memories of those of us that her life touched. God bless you Grace.

Tiffany O'Brien

November 11, 2019

When asked what I remember about Grace the first thing that I said was “Well … she was such a lovely lady!” But, if I think about it more I would describe her as gracious, beautiful and was never anything but immaculate.  We didn’t spend a lot of time together but what time we did spend was always happy. My kids made her smile and she made me smile!   When she sent the kids gifts they were always well thought out and appreciated by everyone.  Grace really did touch our lives and we wish we had been able to share more time with her and Carlos.  

We will miss you Grace and will love you always.  

Tiffany, Taylay, Hayley, Liam and Alicia Xx

Kirstie and Tyson O’Brien

November 10, 2019

You were such a kind and caring woman, so loving and happy.
You were always thinking about us and our children. After meeting Griffin (now 9) when he was 17 months old, you always asked about him and thought about him. And you loved spending time with Isla and Elsie the last time you were in New Zealand. We all loved spending time with you on your visits, and you will be missed. Thank you for welcoming our children into your life, they loved having another amazing grandparent.
We’ll miss you and your loving thoughtful caring way.
Love Tyson, Kirstie, Griffin, Isla, and Elsie Grace
Xxxxx

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