Erika A. Barbosa

April 18, 1966January 5, 2012

Erika A. Barbosa was born in Tijuana, Mexico on April 18, 1966. She was the youngest of 9 children to Federico Alcantar and Carmen Romero de Alcantar . Erika has 5 sisters and 3 brothers. Erika was baptized by friends of the family in 1967. She grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, and lived on Avenida Television 249, of the Colonia Juarez. As a child, Erika attended a local elementary school and she then went to "Colegio Armendariz." for junior-high school. At the age of 16, Erika began her journey to the United States where she lived with one of her sisters for two years. From a very young age Erika was self-motivated and a self-starter, and within that spirit she decided to get her GED and attend college. Erika eventually received a medical assistant certificate from Mesa College in San Diego, California. A big motivation for Erika, to do something with her life, was the fact that Erika was a single-mother of her first born, Peter Bermudez, at a very young age. Even though juggling school, home, work and a young child was very difficult at times for this single-mother, Erika always thought about her family and their future, and she always persevered. In 1984, she met and married her husband Manuel Barbosa, a few years later she had her second son Manuel Barbosa Jr. In 1991, she had her 3rd son, Christopher Antonio Barbosa.

One constant in Erika's life was always her sense of family. Erika’s closes brothers and sisters always joked that she was “the glue that kept them together, the key to their getting along so well”. So in 2008, they gave her the honorary title of "The Key". “The Key” was a sign of her willingness to always keep the family peace, to keep her crazy family together, to host all family gatherings for the holidays and vacations. Erika was a wonderful hostess, a great cook, a great organizer, and the hub of all family parties and reunions. Erika was a wonderful sister and a great friend, she accepted everyone, and always helped with any situation. She organized summer vacations to Laughlin, Nevada, to Disneyland, to Yosemite and Big Bear.

Erika worked for 11 years at Pacific Regent Sunrise in La Jolla, and through her career there she was an Insurance Biller, an Account Manager, and last held the position of Finance Controller. Erika was very proud of the many wonderful friends she made and that she so much loved at her place of work.

Erika lived in her current home for 20 years. In 2008 she became a grandmother to Alexis Victoria Barbosa. With the birth of Alexis, Erika’s life completely changed. After having only sons, Alexis became the little girl she never had, she was Erika’s beautiful little-princess. In August of this year, she was blessed once again with a second granddaughter, Ripley Dene'e Bermudez, her second little-princes.

Family and friends always saw Erika as someone who was energized and loved to take care of her family. She had a gift for making people comfortable and welcomed. Erika was a good listener and could make suggestions or find solutions to everyone’s problems.

Erika lived in the present and enjoyed being with her family and her friends. She was an out-going, intelligent woman. For Erika failure was not an option, she believed that hard work could get you through life and it was important to be successful. Erika was hard working and cared about her job. However, Family was always her first priority.

Arrangements under the direction of Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary, San Diego, CA.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 13, 2012
  • Commital Service Friday, January 13, 2012

Erika A. Barbosa

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Amalia Alcantar Mendez

March 12, 2012

Although we met when Erika was small, I still remember her very well. We are first cousins. Her dad, Everardo is my mother's brother. My mother is Amalia Alcantar. We share the same name. My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to really know this fabulous woman: a special human being. May she rest in peace. Please contact me.

Maria Case

January 22, 2012

Lo siento mucho por la perdida de Erika. Espero que encuentren consuelo recordando los bueno momentos i sabiendo que ella esta descansando en paz. Ella desearia que se refugien en el carino de tus seres queridos i de tus amigos. Que dios los bendiga.

Aida Crosthwaite

January 19, 2012

My aunt was someone that was so wonderful. It is difficult to not be selfish and want her here with us. However, I am filled with the faith and belief that one day we shall be together again. She will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. My aunt is an irreplaceable strong woman in my life that I will truly miss and always love. I love you Tia.

Jamie Frazier

January 13, 2012

To Erika's family that remains, she was a beautiful woman of faith. She was my best friend at work and I loved her dearly. My family learned to love her as well. She was just that kind of person. Her suffering is over. My prayers are to you all as you learn to live without her being here in the flesh. She will always be with you in spirit.

Peter Bermudez, Leah Marie Novakovich, and Ripley Dine'e Novakovich-Bermudez

January 12, 2012

The suffering you endured has ended and the world has lost one of the best mothers as I have lost one of my best friends. Your were a diligent individual and exemplary as a parent. Your dreams were accomplished through persistence, dedication, and boundless energy. All who knew you are, without a doubt, saddened to lose a friend and thoughtful companion. Your presence will be missed by all.
We Love You.

Alex, Neta & girls Alcantar

January 12, 2012

Our dearest Erika,
You will forever be in our hearts and prayers. You were always a very special sister, sister-in-law, and tia. We love you and will remember you for all time.
Alex, Neta, Jennifer, Stephanie, Casey & Cody Alcantar

Liz & Kurt Morrison

January 11, 2012

Our deepest thoughts and condolences to the Barbosa Family, May her memories live on forever in your hearts...amen

Rosalinda Flores

January 11, 2012

To the Barbosa Family ~ I'm sorry for your loss of Erika, she was an amazing Women & Neighbor, always smiling and kind.