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Funeraria del Angel West Covina

2333 West Merced Ave, West Covina, CA

OBITUARY

Barbara Elizabeth Contreras

November 27, 1935July 27, 2020

Barbara Elizabeth Contreras passed away peacefully on July 27, 2020 while battling the Coronavirus.  She was 84 years old.   Barbara lived in West Covina, California most of her life.  She worked at J C Penney for over 15 years.  Barbara moved to Hesperia, California in the 1980’s and moved back to West Covina in 2003.   Barbara enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with her entire family every year.  She also had a love for shrimp tacos.   She is survived by her four children:  Deborah Hecker (husband Donald), Colleen Robertson, Richard Contreras, and Mark Contreras (wife Virginia). She is also survived by her seven grandchildren:  Jennifer Rabin, Matthew Alves, Maria Contreras, Richard Contreras, Valerie Ramirez, Stephanie Contreras, and Christina Contreras.  She is also survived by her eight great-grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.    Barbara ascended into heaven to be with her heavenly father and her late husband, Arthur Contreras.    She will be remembered for her kindness and love for her family and many friends throughout her lifetime.  Barbara will be forever loved by her family and friends.   Graveside services will be held at the Riverside National Cemetary on August 27, 2020 at 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.  The address is 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518. A private service for the family will be held prior to the graveside services.   Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at WWW.Funerariadelangel/WC.com for the Contreras family.

Services

27 August

Graveside Service

2:01 pm - 2:31 pm

Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92518

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Valerie Ramirez

August 3, 2020

My grandma was someone so special to me, I can’t even put it in words. She had a heart of pure gold and loved my brother and sisters with all of her heart.. we loved her even more. She was one of my biggest supporters, always there for me through my biggest accomplishments. She never failed to tell me how proud she was. During my last conversation with her while she was hospitalized, she told me “You are going to have the most beautiful baby.” I can’t wait to tell my son how amazing his great grandmother was. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. I have the best guardian angel watching over me. Love you always and forever grandma!

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Biography

Barbara Elizabeth Contreras was a compassionate woman who devoted her entire life to her family. Barbara loved her family with all of her heart, and made her family the main focus and accomplishment of her entire life. She was very proud of her family and bragged about each and every family member with her friends and acquaintances anytime she had the opportunity. She enjoyed life and was always very optimistic about what the future would hold. She always did everything she could to help inspire and improve the lives of everyone around her, especially her family and friends. Barbara was a very thoughtful, kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.

Barbara was raised in Los Angeles, California, by her parents, Robert and Edith Worthington. She grew up as an only child and was always very energetic, smart and had a positive outlook about life as she grew up. She enjoyed school since an early age, and excelled in almost every subject matter. She took a special interest in the school government at Bret Harte Junior High School and received an honorary certificate of accomplishment. She continued to excel in her studies at Fremont High School, in Los Angeles, and graduated in 1953.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Barbara married her husband, Arthur Contreras. She immediately started a family and was blessed with four children; Deborah, Colleen, Richard and Mark. Barbara was a devoted mother who always provided her children with unconditional love and support. She supported her children her entire life and proved to be an exceptional mother. She was also blessed with seven grandchildren; Jennifer, Matthew, Maria, Richard, Valerie, Stephanie and Christina. Barbara was also the great grandmother of seven; Jasmine, Aaliyah, Nickole, Issac, Michael, Benjamin, Ava, plus an additional great grandson on the way. Barbara was also blessed with the opportunity to know and enjoy her great, great grandson Zarren.

Barbara found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was working in the personnel office of a retail store. She was employed by J.C. Penney for approximately 15 years where she compassionately provided human resource services to the employees. Later in life, she worked for approximately 3 years in the Mervyn’s retail store.

Barbara enjoyed her leisure time by watching her favorite television shows, along with her favorite movies on the Lifetime Channel. She was an avid reader, and would routinely be enthralled with her mystery novels. She was always known to be reading late at night, prior to her going to sleep. Barbara also entertained herself, and kept her mind sharp, by continuously working on various puzzle books every day. Her favorite puzzle was always the crossword puzzle since she was a little girl, and she rarely found a crossword puzzle she could not complete.

Barbara lived in West Covina most of her life and moved to Hesperia, California, in the late 1980’s. In 2003, Barbara returned to the city where she raised her children, West Covina. She enjoyed her leisure time at home, and loved to visit with her family. She looked forward every year to visiting with her entire family during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. These were very special times for her and she loved this time of year.

For many years, Barbara lived next door to her life long friend of over fifty years, Sue Kellar. She cherished her friendship with Sue and enjoyed being her next door neighbor for so many years. In Barbara’s later years, she met and became very close friends with Theresa Butler and Sandie Ellis. She loved spending time with all of her friends, and routinely met with them at various local stores so they could visit and shop together. She cherished these friendships and all the moments she shared with her friends.

Barbara did not take many vacations, however, there were a few trips which were very special for her. Barbara travelled to Spain with her husband, Arthur, to visit with her daughter Deborah. Deborah was living in Spain at the time, which made the trip very special. She dreamed about visiting the paradise islands of Hawaii, and her husband Arthur was able to fulfill her dreams by taking her to Hawaii on two separate trips. Barbara and Arthur also made many trips to Las Vegas, which was a place they both loved to visit.

Barbara was an animal lover and adored all of her pets. Over the years, she had many dogs and cats, which were always an important part of her life and family. Her latest pets were two cats, Sugar and Spice. She adored Sugar and Spice and the companionships they provided her in the later years.

Barbara passed away on July 27, 2020, at Whittier Hospital after fighting a brave battle against the Coronavirus. She was survived by her children Deborah Hecker (husband Donald), Colleen Robertson, Richard Contreras and Mark Contreras (wife Virginia); her grandchildren Jennifer Rabin (husband Marc), Matthew Alves, Maria Contreras, Richard Contreras, Valerie Ramirez (husband Fabio), Stephanie Contreras and Christina Contreras; her great grandchildren Jasmine, Aaliyah, Nickole, Issac, Michael, Benjamin, Ava, and a great grandson on the way; and a great, great grandson Zarren. Services were held at Funeraria del Angel, West Covina. Barbara was laid to rest in the Riverside National Cemetary in Riverside, California.

Barbara was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind a treasure of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Barbara will always be remembered for her love of movies, fish tacos, and her favorite mystery novels. Barbara always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Barbara was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Barbara Elizabeth Contreras.

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