Mercedes D. Avalos
January 16, 1924 – September 2, 2019
Mercedes D. Avalos was born to Manuel and Guadalupe Perezchica on January 16, 1924 in Merced, California. She passed away on September 2, 2019 in Merced where she was a lifetime resident. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Avalos.
Mercedes had four children, Guadalupe M Guerrero (Eugene), Charlotte Barnes (David), Patricia Morris (deceased) and David Avalos Sr. (deceased). She also had 8 grandchildren, David Avalos Jr, Robert Avalos, Deanna Guevara, Geno Guerrero, Chante and Joshua May, Nolan and Ryan Barnes; 11 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren along with numerous nephews and neices. Mercedes is also survived by her sisters, Candlaria Ortega and Sister Maria Del Rey (Annie).
Mercedes is also preceded in death by her 3 brothers, Manuel, Joaquin and Guadalupe Perezchica and 4 sisters, Micaela Perezchica, Jessie Arceo, Teresa Gonzalez, Mary Perezchica.
Her employment history included being a seasonal field worker, working in a cannery, and also as a housekeeper for two Italian families. Mercedes also taught basic Spanish for a year at McSwain School in Merced County. She also taught Spanish in her garage to the neighborhood kids. She offered translations for the wives of migrant workers as well as helping them to locate resources for themselves and their children through the church community and through the county. She got immense satisfaction in helping others, NEVER looking for accolades and NEVER feeling taken advantage of. Mercedes also enjoyed her community service through Scouts and her various activities at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She contributed much of her time with the Altar Society, taught second grade catechism classes and cooked for many church fundraisers. Her hobbies included making homemade tortillas for small area grocery stores, raising rabbits and chickens and making her own dried raisins, fruit leather and baked goods from her own garden and trees.
Mercedes shared many joys; whatever she made she was happy to give out samples to anyone who dropped by. She loved having her family over for gatherings and she loved to dance. Mercedes taught herself how to play the harmonica and she would play little tunes for birthdays such as “Happy Birthday” and “La Mananitas”.
- Michael Guevara, Pallbearer
- Robert Avalos, Pallbearer
- Gino Guerrero , Pallbearer
- Mario Ortega, Pallbearer
- Manny Perezchica, Pallbearer
- Jaime Ortega, Pallbearer
- Danny Ortega, Pallbearer
- Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
- Rosary Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Mercedes D. Avalos
Jacqueline & Robert Serrano-Avalos
September 8, 2019
Grandma thank you for all the wonderful-beautiful memories you shared with me and stories you shared with me also (Jacqueline Serrano:granddaughter). I am so honored to have been accepted into your family and always so grateful for you always being so respectful and truly blessed that you accepted my children /grandchildren as your own family.. Never a day went by that we/my family did not ask for you and always had you in our prayers and they always sent their love ❤️ . You will always be our grandma, great grandma, great great grandma .. Your forever in our hearts 💕 God Bless Jacqueline (Grandaughter)& Robert (grandson) my/ Robert children/ grandchildren: Frankie III (Great Grandson ) his children: your great great grandchildren: Merisa, Teresa, Lil Frankie IV, Frances, Annabell.. Jacqueline Jr. /Joe (great grandchildren ) her children : your great great grandchildren: Mariah, Aaliyah ... Annmarie/ Caleb (great grandchildren)her child your great great grandchild: Osiris ..Kimberly (great granddaughter) her children: your great great grandchildren: Bernabed, Atley, and new arrival soon . And Hillery Sunshine your great granddaughter .. how you brought joy to them all with all your love . We will miss you 😘
September 7, 2019
Thinking of you all and sending you prayers and love. Wishing you sweet memories of your mom/ grandma where you all are laughing and enjoying each others company. I know your hearts are hurting . God Bless You and keep you. ❤ Beth Bertram.