OBITUARY

Clara P Lopez

January 4, 1926October 11, 2020
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Sunrise: January 4, 1926

Sunset: October 11, 2020

Clara Sanchez Perez was born to Clara Sanchez and Ascanio Perez Mendivil in the small town of Capirato in Sinaloa, Mexico in 1926. She was the sixth of their eight children and her siblings included Ricardo, Jesus, Jose Rudolfo, Ascanio, Blanca, Delia, and Guadalupe who died just weeks after she was born.

Clara’s mother died in 1929 shortly after giving birth to Guadalupe, leaving Clara to be raised by her father, a sugar farmer, and his dedicated sisters when she was just three years old. She spent most of her childhood on a ranch and cherished her time with her father.

She married Rafael Lopez (the first boy she ever kissed) on November 15, 1948 at the age of 22. Together, they moved to East Los Angeles where they raised their eight children: Ralph, Carmen, Javier, Irene, Elsa, Victor, Jesse, and Danny.

She learned English by watching soap operas like ‘General Hospital’ and ‘One Life To Live’ and she loved politics and gossip magazines. She would read the entire newspaper in English and never hesitated to share the latest news with whomever was near. She also joined a women’s group and took a few English classes in the 1960s.

As a mother, Clara was an endless source of support for her kids, constantly demonstrating her unconditional love and maintaining a special relationship with each of them over the years. Never one to judge others, she kept a smile on her face even through hard times and was constantly feeding her family, friends, and anyone she welcomed through her door.

When her kids were in school, Clara was deeply involved in their lives and enjoyed making food for bake sales, carnivals, and fundraisers. She loved sewing clothes for her kids, mending, gardening, watching her novelas, and reading the newspaper each morning. She was also a big fan of shows like ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘Dynasty’ and she loved going to the movies with her husband; especially if there was a Paul Newman film out.

Clara was an incredible cook and took pride in her delicious delicacies such as frijoles, arroz, fideo, tamales, abondigas, avena, sopitas, and champurado, and too many other things to count.

When Rafael was transferred to Detroit, she and her younger children moved across the country, taking on a whole new adventure and leaving the older kids in the care of her eldest daughter, Carmen. Years later, they returned to California and settled in Lynwood where many memories were made in that little house on Platt Ave.

As a grandma to 13 grandkids, she never tired of spoiling each of them in her own way. She doted on those kids endlessly and gave them all nicknames. Whether it was by whipping up their favorite meals or getting down on the floor to play with them as they filled her living room with chairs and blankets to make forts or spread out on the ground to watch movies for hours, they were always welcomed into her home with open arms, even into adulthood. Somehow, she managed to make each one of them feel treasured and their love for her was unmatched.

Memories of their weekends spent running around her house, countless backyard barbecues, birthday parties, egg hunts on Easter, and chaotic Christmas Eve nights won’t ever be forgotten. She could put an end to hiccups with a spoonful of sugar, fix any injury with arnica, and cure the worst cold with a bowl of soup and a hug.

Clara won over everyone she met and she had a talent for talking to strangers. She could make a friend out of anyone and always got joy when people came to visit her.

In 1996, her love of politics and desire to vote prompted her to obtain U.S. citizenship at the age of 70, one of her proudest accomplishments.

Two years prior, Clara moved from Lynwood to Rancho Cucamonga where she would live out the rest of her days with her husband and daughter, Irene and Victor. That house was home base for the whole family and she enjoyed watching her family grow and expand, eventually having 18 great-grandchildren who she loved to pieces.

A true testament to the kind of woman and mother she was, Clara was truly adored by every one of her children and their spouses. They tirelessly cared for her and their father until their last days.

Clara and Rafael were soulmates and he died just 44 days before her. Their love story was one for the ages and it was clear once he died that she wanted to join him in heaven.

Clara Lopez died peacefully in her bed surrounded by her loved ones on October 11, 2020. She will be greatly missed and leaves behind an adoring family who will never stop missing her infectious laugh, kind heart, and unwavering dedication. She leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love that they will carry on in her honor.

Services

29 October

Visitation

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary

Harlow Memorial Chapel

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

29 October

Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary

Harlow Memorial Chapel

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

29 October

Committal Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

Memories

Clara P Lopez

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Elsa Casales

October 29, 2020

This is the morning of your memorial service and sitting here trying to think of what I want to say. Everyday since the day you left me I cannot find myself, I can't breathe! I can't think or function, Mom I need you I miss you I want you back with me but I know that's not possible and I know I will be ok but there so much I still need from you. You are my Hero my role mode my best friend and thank you for the time I had with you and teaching me to be a wife a mom a grandma and a true friend this will always be imprinted in my heart I Love you so much and will miss you everyday. Till we meet again send me pennies.

Elvia Perez

October 29, 2020

My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mother Clarita, May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of joyful times you spent together as you celebrate a life well lived. We are saddened to hear the news about La Tia Clarita. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of our entire family. Love ❤️ Martín & Elvia Perez

Irene Lopez

October 28, 2020

Mom 😇
I’m assured of your love
even though we’re apart,
‘cause so much we’ve shared
is written on my heart.💜
I love You 🌷
😘🙏🏼🕊✝️

Beatriz Salman

October 25, 2020

My beautiful tia! I’m going to miss you so much! I will never forget the beautiful memories at lake legg park. The whole family all the picnic we would want to her secret sauce on her sandwich also her fruit punch was delicious she always would say they were only her recipes. Thank you for being so loving to my kids and me. I love you ! Say hello to my mom for me !

Alicia Valdez

October 24, 2020

RIP my beautiful, sweet, kind and living Tia Clarita. I will never forget your endless smiles and wonderful stories. You and my Tio are in each other’s arms again enjoying your forever. Love you so much❤️ Until we meet again 😘

Jose Luis Aguiar

October 24, 2020

I have beautiful memories of when they visited my mom and dad! Your parents were wonderful example of what a marriage should be. Rest in Peace.

Irene Lopez

October 22, 2020

Our parents wedding 11/15/1948
They will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary in Heaven ❤️❤️🥂
Happy Anniversary Mom & Pop 🥰

Irene Lopez

October 22, 2020

Irene Lopez

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Irene Lopez

October 22, 2020

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