Gabriella Garcia Araiza- Reeves

October 28, 1932February 8, 2018

On February 8th, 2018, Gabriella Garcia Araiza-Reeves passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Gabie was born on October 28th, 1932 in Ventura, California to Audelia and Camerino Garcia. Gabie spent her childhood in Berkeley, CA with her nine brothers and sisters. Gabie believed anything could be achieved with hard work. As a young woman Gabie picked tomatoes and worked at local packing houses to help her family. Gabie moved to Ventura, CA in 1954 where she met and married Oscar Araiza. They settled in Santa Paula, Ca and in 1959 together they purchased the property where La Cabana continues to be located. Gabie and Oscar had four children, Richard, Ronald, Randal and Karen. While raising her four children Gabie also worked and later retired from the Retail Clerks Union. She worked at Alpha Beta for many years where she met and treasured many of her co-workers as friends until her last days. While working for Alpha Beta, Gabie and Oscar with the help of Manuel, her older brother, opened La Cabana Restaurant in 1974. Gabie continued to work two jobs while raising her four children. In 1982, Gabie met and married her current husband James Reeves. Marrying Jim brought her a new child, Juliann. From the time Jim and Gabie were married you would be hard pressed to ever see one without the other. Gabie and Jim traveled, worked, shopped and enjoyed each other’s company for close to 38 years. Gabie loved God, Family and the Community of Santa Paula as well as the friends she made while running La Cabana. Gabie truly was the face of La Cabana Restaurant, always ready to greet her friends with a smile and hug for over 44 years. It is today the longest currently running family-owned restaurant in Santa Paula. Gabie was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church and served her community as president, officer and/or member of the Santa Paula Planning Commission, Soroptimist International of Santa Paula Club, YLI, Santa Paula Women of History, Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Santa Paula Hospital Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Santa Clara Valley Hospice, and the SCV Wellness Foundation. Gabie was also very proud to have been selected a Woman of History in 2000, and as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Santa Paula Christmas Parade. This list does not include the many family and friends that she has helped throughout her lifelong journey. Gabriella was predeceased by her parents, Audelia and Camerino Garcia. brothers David, Tony, Jessie, Benny and Manuel Garcia and her sister, Mary. Gabie is survived by and will be dearly missed by her adoring husband James R. Reeves; brother, Larry Garcia; sisters, Sally Cabrera and Francis Quijas. Children and their spouses, Richard (Laura), Ronald (Georgia), Randy (Sonya), Karen (Troyce), Juliann (Art). Grandchildren, Ryan Araiza, Rejina Araiza, Austin Araiza, Sara Araiza, Anthony Araiza, Evan Araiza, Adam Araiza, Tori Thomas, Tylen Thomas, Lukas Reynolds, Heaven, Troi Ann Reynolds, Everett Barkley and Alex Barkley. Gabie is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family would also like to thank all her wonderful caregivers, Rosa, Rose, Kathy, Assisted Hospice and all those that helped Gabie live her final years with the dignity and grace she earned and deserved. Gabriella Garcia Araiza-Reeves will be missed on many levels but the light she has left behind will shine eternally. Family and friends are invited to Gabie’s services which will be held on Thursday, February 15th. 9:30 Rosary, 10:30 Mass of Christian burial to be held at St. Sebastian church located at 235 North 9th Street, Santa Paula, CA. Burial to follow at Santa Paula Cemetery. The family asks those that would like to remember Gabie to please donate to a favorite local charity in her name. She loved her community!


  • Rosary Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Mass Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gabriella Garcia Araiza- Reeves

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Tim Viola

February 13, 2018

Gabie had a heart of gold and always greeted everyone with a welcoming smile. Her warm, cheerful personality is expressed throughout La Cabana. Have fond memories eagerly helping in the process of homemade tortillas, just for the chance to taste one. I may have been subtly recruited by her charming personality without realizing it!
I am honored to know such a fine lady and mother of a great family I am blessed to call friends.
The entire Viola family's thoughts and prayers are with all of Gabie's family.

Mary Ann Krause

February 13, 2018

Karl and I send our condolences. She will not soon be forgotten by anyone who ever met her. We wish you comfort and happy memories in the coming weeks and months.

Carolyn Casey

February 12, 2018

Its hard to imagine that you are gone . Not many people in this world are fortunate to have a friend like you were. I treasure all the memories of the past 42 years that we were friends. May God wrap you in love and give Jim and your children strength .

Brian Sipes

February 12, 2018

Gabby was a dear friend to the Sipes family. I remember when Gabby hired me to be a busboy for a few summers while in high school. She was always wonderful to talk to. I will miss her!

Margaret Yeargan

February 12, 2018

Such a special lady that touched many, many lives. Was proud to work for her and to call her a friend. You will be missed by so very many, and loved forever.

MaryAlice Washburn

February 12, 2018

Gabbie will truly be missed. I recall coming into CA to visit and would always be greeted by her when we all went to eat at La Cabana.
She will rest with her beloved family and friends who have gone before her and will wait for her children and family. Sweet dreams Gabbie, take care of us here on earth.

Eileen & Jim Pickel

February 10, 2018

Dear Aunt Gabby,
Always there, always so generous, always in our hearts.
May our Lord's perpetual light shine upon you.
In our thoughts and prayers with love.