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Nubia S. Navarro

September 14, 1936July 8, 2019
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Nubia S. Navarro was born on September 14, 1936 and passed away on July 8, 2019 in Irvine, California.


  • Gilbert Rodriguez
  • Joseph Navarro
  • Dustin Houston
  • Jose Diaz
  • Anthony Alfaro
  • Wyatt Diaz


  • Rosary Service Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Burial Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Reception following Graveside Service Friday, July 12, 2019


Nubia S. Navarro

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Lucy Alfaro

July 12, 2019

The world lost an angel, lots of people where very lucky that she touched there life, not as lucky as my cousin Josephine and myself we had the privilege to have her since ours childhood.
Now our angel was call to heaven, but that she will still watch over us and rest of the family.
We miss and love you always tia Nubia

Ana Arguello

July 11, 2019

Nubia was my long life friend. Since elementary school. Never argued. We kept the friendship all these years. We loved each other, and respect was a must. Her daughter is my Goddaughter. She was a couturier. She made my wedding gown. We shared our happiness and our sadness. I will miss her always. A kind, sweet person. What a blessing from God to have such a great friend. I send Norma a huge embrace full of love. I ask God to be with all of us that mourn her. Be at Peace, my beautiful friend.

Iumi Castillo-Urrego

July 11, 2019

Nubia was a soul sister to me since I met her when Addison came to our school. She was elegant, graceful, loving, and sweet. I once had a dream with her and awoke thinking of her very intensely, which I shared with Addison’s dad. It turns out at the very hour of my dream, Nubia was headed to the hospital with heart problems. I felt a special
connection with her and I will always cherish the memories I have of her. Rest In Peace, Doña Nubia. La llevo en el corazón.

Vanessa Rodriguez

July 11, 2019

Every encounter I had with (abuelita) Nubia was a beautiful & Memorable one because she portrayed such beauty, elegance and care. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her because she was such a special human being. When we had the opportunity to see each other I made it a point to go sit with Nubia and catch up on as much as we could about the kids growing, her health etc and she always reminded me to pray for my beautiful family and God will continue to bless us. At this time I hope the Lord blesses her familia with comfort. Rest in paradise Nubia, vaya con dios 🙏

Norma Rodriguez

July 11, 2019

My mother was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua.

She was a loving and warm gentle soul. She was the nurturer of the family. She was the most devote Catholic I have ever known and she lived her life dedicated to her beliefs. I always told her she was my mother Teresa. She had a hard life, growing up in a third world country and living in poverty, yet she did not let this deter her. She loved life and she spread joy and happiness everywhere she went. She was sooo friendly and enjoyed meeting people. It didn't matter where we went, supermarket, restaurant, shopping, she always made a friend. She always took a genuine interest in each person that she met and she would tell them that she would pray for them. Her faith was the strongest component throughout her life and on the night before she passed, when the priest was praying and giving her last rights, she was saying her prayers and she was singing the Ave Maria and continuously making the sign of the cross. Her unconditional love and her bigger than life personality will be missed by our family and friends and especially by me. She was my best friend and always listened to my complaints and gave me her guidance. While, I have my sad feelings and I have my guilt's on things I could have done better, I know she is no longer suffering and is in heaven at peace.

Albert Rodriguez

July 10, 2019

Hi Norma,
I am so sorry about your mom. When I heard of her passing, I felt so much emotion go through me. A picture of your mom popped into my mind then memories of my mom popped into my mind. Then I thought of you all and what you are going through. My love to you and everyone! Your mom was always so sweet to me, I will never forget her! Your moms love she gave me will always be with me! Peace and love be with you all! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Justina Rodriguez

July 10, 2019

Ambers Wedding 2015

Justina Rodriguez

July 10, 2019

Ryan & Nubia ❤️


St. Anthony de Padua


St. Anthony de Padua


Joey, Joe and Nubia


Nubia, Nancy and Joey


Nubia and Nancy


Jasper and Nubia


Nubia and Joe


At Cafe Coyote in San Diego (Sasha, Jasper, Joe and Nubia)


Norma, Yoda, Nubia and Jasper


Jasper, Joe and Nubia


Many things can be said about Nubia S. Navarro. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Nubia was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

       Her mother was Candida Rosa Moreira. Nubia was raised in Managua, Nicaragua. When she was young, Nubia's friends and family found that “kind" "sensitive" and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Nubia demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a caring disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

       She was the baby of the family and she had one older brother, Octavio, and four older sisters, Juanita, Rosita, Leticia, and Elba. Nubia was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Nubia carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Nubia was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

      As a young girl, Nubia was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Nubia could easily relate to other kids. She was a volunteer at her church and school. In her spare time she liked to cook and sew and help her mother with chores. Nubia's memorable achievements included being a good student and she enjoyed staying after school to help her teachers. However, to Nubia, the most fun to be had was simply spending time with her family: mother, brother and sisters, cousins and aunts. For Nubia her family always came first.

      During her school years, Nubia had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Nubia had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Nubia was mature for her age and she often was found to be the leader and guide, facilitating group activities, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Nubia as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner. The teachers she enjoyed learning from the most were the nuns.

      Always considered a “good” friend, Nubia sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Nubia always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Nubia’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Nubia would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Nubia was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. Throughout her life she had many friends. While growing up, one of her best friends was Anita Salvatierra. Later in life, she surrounded herself with her family and friends.

       Compassionate and devoted, Nubia worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Uriel came first in Nubia’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Uriel’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Nubia did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Nubia was truly a person of empathy.

      Nubia’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good mother to her children. Nubia shared these values with her two, one son, Joseph and one daughter, Norma. Nubia was also blessed with four grandchildren, Nicole, Dustin, Sasha, and Jessie. Nubia related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved her and she was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Nubia experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was in the healthcare profession. She was employed for many years as a nurse in several hospitals. Nubia always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Nubia took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Nubia was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Nubia continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.

      Because she was organized and methodical, Nubia took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were in making crafts and sewing for her family. She loved listening to and singing to music. She enjoyed the arts and theater. Nubia enjoyed sharing her passions with others.

      While, Nubia did not have the opportunity to play in sports as a child, she derived much pleasure in watching her favorite team' events whenever she got the opportunity. The family enjoyed attending baseball games, cheering on the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers, and Angels. Recreational sports included dancing. Tops on her list were the Summer and Winter Olympics. One of her favorite sports to watch was attending her great-granddaughters ballet performances, with the Nutcracker being her favorite.

      Throughout her life, Nubia was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Nubia was known to her peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Nubia was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting her own needs aside. Nubia’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Nubia’s ability to bring valued principles along with her. Throughout her later years, Nubia was an active volunteer at local hospitals and elementary schools.

      Nubia was well known to others for her ability to naturally and conscientiously move into action to help others, a quality that placed her as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, she was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected to people, and upheld her personal values. Serving on committees at Resurrection Church and at Toland Way Elementary school.

      Nubia’s faith was important in her life. She was a devote Catholic and a member of various Catholic organizations. During that time, she enjoyed going to mass, volunteering her time, and throughout her life she provided donations to various Catholic charities. She was compassionate and warmhearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in her work with the congregation.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Nubia was given accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. If the truth were known, Nubia was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. Some of her most prestigious awards included for her duty to serve and volunteer.

      Nubia enjoyed traveling. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Nubia were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included going back home to Nicaragua to visit family, and most recently enjoying the Hawaiian islands.

      Nubia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Nubia's favorite was Kaiser, the family dog. They were best friends for 12 years. Her family was rounded out by the family cats, Fisher, Rose, Mini, Che, Bob, Olive, and Braveheart and dogs, Sasha, Bob, and Yoda.

      When Nubia’s retirement finally came in 1984, she was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that she was, Nubia had taken care to plan for this part of her life. When that time eventually arrived, Nubia knew exactly what she wanted to do. Her new life involved taking care of her family. In retirement, she found new pleasure in spending time with her grandchildren and doing volunteer work at hospitals, churches and schools. Even in retirement, Nubia continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Nubia passed away on July 8, 2019 at Kaiser Permanente Sand Canyon Hospital. Nubia fought a brave battle with cardiovascular decease. She is survived by her children Norma and Joseph: her grandchildren Nicole, Dustin, Sasha, Jesse; her great grandchildren Addison, Wyatt, Maiya, Joey, Jeremiah, Brick, Baylon, Crosby, Jasper, and Michael. Services were held at St. Kilian' Church. Nubia was laid to rest in El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, California.

      Throughout her life, Nubia was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tenderhearted and easy to get along with. Nubia leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Nubia S. Navarro.