Jennie "Nana" Torres

December 14, 1927May 9, 2019


Jennie Torres, age 91, passed away peacefully at home in Santa Ana, Thursday, May 9, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. She was born to Miguel & Meregelda Torres on December 14, 1927 in Culver City, California and grew up in Santa Ana, California. She was known by many names, Jennie, Juana, Mom, Grandma Jennie, buela-buela, Nana and Tia; when she was younger, she worked in her fathers’ strawberry fields. At the age of 20, she had a baby girl, Isabel, who was her pride and joy. As Jennie got older, she would babysit her grandchildren as well as the children of relatives and friends, she loved everyone and everyone loved her. One of our favorite memories is of her singing around the house and of her making homemade tortillas and gorditas (with lots of butter); anyone who showed up around dinner time was sure to enjoy them. In her senior years, she enjoyed going to the Senior Center in Santa Ana, where she made lots of friends and enjoyed playing Loteria. On the weekends, she would visit relatives like her brother Trino and sister-in-law Martina, her cousin Nancy or go to visit her cousin Mary in Morgan Hill; she also liked to go to the movies. When she was home, she would pass her time by singing, tending to her rose garden, crocheting and watching her novellas. Jennie always loved when people visited her, and before you left, she would say “I love you” and would always end with “I don’t forget you”. Jennie leaves behind a loving family: her daughter, Isabel (Joe) Ruiz; grandchildren Estella (Andre) Matthews, Manuel (Suzanne) Ruiz, and Stephen (Carrie) Ruiz; eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; she also leaves behind her brother, Trinidad (Martina) Torres; nieces, nephews and many cousins. Jennie, Juana, Mom, Grandma, buela-buela, Nana, Tia – Until we meet again, rest in peace, we love you and we don’t forget you! Visitation/Rosary will be Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary, 1625 Gisler Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1015 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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