Margaret Velasquez

July 11, 1961March 28, 2021

Margaret Velasquez, “Hokie”, passed away peacefully at age 59 on Sunday March 28, 2021 at Dameron Hospital. She was born in French Camp, California on July 11, 1961 to the late Alejando and Margaret Z. Velasquez. She was raised in Stockton, California and attended Franklin High School then continued her education at San Jose State University. Hokie was a former billing clerk at Coast Distribution System, a former cash control supervisor at California’s Great America, and after 20 years as a senior contract specialist at East Side Union High School District she retired on June 30, 2020. When attending San Jose State, she decided to reside in San Jose for 32 years and moved back home to Stockton for retirement. During her months of retirement she loved to spend time with her family and go to the casino with her sister.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Rosie Fox, and brother in law, Bill Tankersley. Survived by her son Neville A. Kentish. Survived by her siblings Esther Tankersley, Joe Velasquez and his wife Vivian, Tom Fox, her brother in law, Carmen Guerrero and her husband Frank Sr., and Mary L. Velasquez. Along with her 9 nieces and nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends who will all miss her dearly.

Hokie had an infectious smile with a joyful personality full of humor. She was greatly involved with her Union and enjoyed planning events and galas. One of her favorite joys in life was to travel, she has been to several destinations all over North America and Europe. In her past times she loved to bake, watch food networks, and always kept up with her reality TV shows. Hokie was very dedicated to her family and never missed the chance to spend time with them. She will always be remembered as a cheerful spirit who loved to joke and smile, and was always a pleasure to be around.

A Rosary will be held at St. Linus's Catholic Church, 2620 S. B Street Stockton, California on April 7, 2021 at 11 A.M. with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at 11:30 A.M.


  • Frankie Guerrero, Pallbearer
  • Alex Guerrero, Pallbearer
  • Alex Guerrero, Jr., Pallbearer
  • Jose Briseno, Pallbearer
  • Joey Cobarrubias, Pallbearer
  • Joey Velasquez, Pallbearer
  • Neville Kentish, Pallbearer
  • Frank Guerrero, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joe Velasquez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Billy Tankersley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Curtis Tankersley, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Rosary

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


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Dolores Ramirez

April 6, 2021

Like my sister Debbie we played together in our neighborhood jacks, Chinese jump rope you never forget friends , you grew up with. Most recently I ran into her at Jackson casino I would never had thought that would be my last time seeing her I pray for family thru this difficult time I will truly miss her. Rip

Debbie Mello

April 3, 2021

Hokie was a special person. She was someone I had the honor of sharing my childhood with along with the rest of the Velasquez family. Hokie wasn't just my neighbor. She was one of the sweetest childhood sister of over 50 years. She had a contagious laugh and was well loved by my sisters and anyone who had been blessed to know her. I will always treasure the great memories like playing hopscotch, spending the night, playing mother may I, and green light red light. My heart is broken. Hokie will be missed for sure. Love YOU Hokie.
Debbie (Ramirez) Mello & Familia