Skillin-Carroll Mortuary

738 East Santa Paula Street, Santa Paula, CA


Lupe Perez Aguirre

February 5, 1928June 23, 2019

On the afternoon of Sunday June 23, 2019 at the age of 91 our beautiful Mom “Mama” passed in peace in her home with her children and family by her side. Mom is now continuing her journey in Heaven with our Dad “Papa” whom she was married to for 74 years.

Loving Mother to 6 children: Anita Aguirre, Peter Aguirre (wife Marie)), Danny Aguirre(deceased) (wife Jennie deceased), Yvonne Vargas (husband Jose Luis Vargas Deceased), Don Aguirre Jr. (wife Maria), Richard Aguirre (deceased).

Beloved “Mama” to 16 grandchildren: Dominic (Susan), Claudia (Eric), Damian, Deputy Peter J. Aguirre-deceased (Dina), Annette (Anthony), Ronnie, Daniel, Tommy, Aileen (Eddie), Erica (Thomas), Vivinne, Jeanine (Jess), Monique (Bob), Nicole, Richard Jr and Ryan, 25 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Mom “Mama” was preceded in death by our Dad“Papa”Don Aguirre, sons Danny Aguirre & Richard Aguirre, grandson Deputy Peter J. Aguirre, daughter-in-law Jennie Aguirre, son-in-law Jose Luis Vargas, father Francisco Perez, and sisters Francis Galvan, Lily Silvas and Gloria Ramirez. She is survived by her siblings Jennie Vargas, Connie Ybarra, Helen Winbush and David Perez.

Our Mom’s journey into this world began in Santa Paula, California on February 5th 1928. She was the eldest sibling to 6 sisters and 1 brother. During the earlier part of her life, She enjoyed spending time with her family, going to the movies on Main Street and working at the Santa Paula Citrus Packing House with her sisters. Her last job was working for the Santa Paula Unified School District, as a “Noon-Duty Aid” at Grace Thille and Blanchard Elementary Schools.

On one fateful afternoon in 1942 Mom attended a local basketball game where she first saw her future husband Don Aguirre. She was immediately captivated by the image of this young, sharp dressed man with perfect black combed hair and a curl hanging down his forehead. Although she may have noticed him, what she did not know was that this dashing young man had also noticed her. After seeing Mom for the first time Dad continued an endless pursuit of courting his future wife. Dad and Mom were married on July 17, 1943 in Ventura, CA, and decided that they would be lifelong Santa Paulens and become business owners. Together they owned and operated Don’s Market in Santa Paula. They would continue to build their legacy of family by having 2 daughters and 4 sons. Mom often enjoyed spending time with her children when they were young on annual vacations to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. They would take many trips to Las Vegas with family and friends to see the The Rat Pack and stay in their favorite hotels to play their favorite games. As their family continued to grow larger she would enjoy seeing her family together for BBQ’s and holidays at Steckel Park and Limoneira. As her children began to grow older and have families of their own she would enjoy hosting all of her family in her home on holidays. She will be remembered in the kitchen preparing meals for her family, and sitting in the different rooms laughing and talking with them. As a grandmother she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren on different trips to San Francisco, Hawaii, amusement parks, music concerts, Dodger games and many more adventures. Although she went many places with family, her most memorable time spent with her children and grandchildren were the many summer family vacations to Lake Tahoe. Although you may not be physically with us any more your spirit and soul will continue to live on through the endless memories that you created with family and friends and through your love that you shared with anyone who was blessed enough to have known you. And though your smile is gone forever and your hand we cannot touch, we will still have so many memories of the one we loved so much. Your love and memory is now a keepsake, with which we will never part. Our Lord now has you in heaven, once again dancing on a floor made of gold reunited with your love, wearing a lavender dress and leaving the sweet scent of “Youth Dew” by Estee Lauder and purple flowers raining down from the sky as you spin and dance the night away.

The Aguirre Family would like to send their love and appreciation to Santa Dominguez for the care you gave our Mother. We would also like to thank the Staff at Assisted Living for their care and support.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday July 2, 2019 from 10:00am-12:30pm at Skillin Carroll Mortuary 738 East Santa Paula Street Santa Paula, CA 93060. A Graveside Service will follow from 12:30pm-1:30pm at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery 380 Cemetery Road Santa Paula, CA 93060.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Lupe Perez Aguirre

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Dominic Aguirre

June 28, 2019

Dear Father Jesus,
If purple flowers grow in heaven Lord,
then pick a bunch for me then
place then in my Grandma's arms
and tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.
-Love Your Grandson Dominique

Claudia Aguirre

June 26, 2019

I love you my Angel 💜 I miss you so much. I thank God for allowing us to have you with us, for as long as he did. But..it still hurt so much to let you go. My only comfort right now is knowing you are at peace with no pain and that the Last words you said to me on Sunday were “I Love You” and I will forever Love You Mama and hold you in my heart.💜💜

Erica Gonzales

June 25, 2019

I never called you grandma always ,”mom” because that’s how I saw you. You played such a huge role in my life your words, love and wisdom helped form the woman I am today. You cared for me when was young , and when I moved away you made sure our relationship stayed in tact. You always reassured me I would always have family in Santa Paula. I treasure the summers I spent with you , and lessons you taught me while I was there. You will be greatly missed but your words of wisdom will live on through us, and many generations to come.
I love you until we meet again,

Erica Gonzales

June 25, 2019

Mom ,
I never called you grandma it was always “mom”, because that’s how I saw you . You played such a big role in my life you will never know how your words, love and wisdom helped form the woman I am today. You cared for me when I was young , and when I moved away you always made me feel like I never left ensuring our relationship stayed in tact . You continuously reminded me I always would. have a family in Santa Paula. I treasure the summers I spent with you , and vacations our family took together so many special memories I hold dear to my heart. You will be deeply missed, but your words and wisdom will live on through us and, many generations to come.
I love you until we meet again,

Gabi Aguirre-Miramontes

June 24, 2019

You meant so much to all of us.
You taught our family the values of perseverance and hard work. You showed us all what it takes to be TRUE Aguirre women, and I’lll always be grateful for those lessons you and I would secretly have in the kitchen. I’ll never forgot the day I brought my Sammy to your house for the first time, he was 3 weeks old. You spoke softly to me as you held him and told me the secret to raising the “perfect” Aguirre boy-
“Always have patience mija, our boys our stubborn. Never let your fridge get low, our boys get big fast. Never let him forget who his grandfather is...your son has his blood.” Mama, I promise to raise my children with the same love and values that you have showed us all.
We love you. And we thank you for giving us your life.
Tell Daddy hi for me up there❤️


June 24, 2019

I send my sincere condolences to the Aguirre family. I hope you can find some comfort from reading these scriptures during this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4; John 5:28,29).

Maria Aguirre

June 24, 2019

Dear Lupe,
I treasure the moments I spent with you, this last year or so. I also enjoyed the stories you shared about your childhood and about you and Don, as we drank our morning tea. I felt closer to you as each of us shared about our own families. I also enjoyed your beautiful prayers as you thanked God for your whole family.
Love you 😘
Maria 🦋

Donald Aguirre

June 24, 2019

Mom, God blessed me with a wonderful mother. Your love , compassion and your guidance has given me so much strength. You are going to be so greatly missed but I carry you in my heart for ever. Love you so much mom🙏