Graciela Sevilla Rosas, 79, also known as Chela, passed away at her home in Winters on Friday, May 22, 2009. Her daughters Angelina and Yolanda were at her side when she passed away.
She was born on February 6, 1930, in San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico. She and her husband Rafael Vivanco Rosas married in Mexico in 1947 and had two daughters before he ventured north in search of work and opportunity. She eventually joined her husband in the U.S. and they moved to Winters in 1953, going on to raise twelve children consisting of two sons and ten daughters. Their beloved son Raymundo passed away in 1973 at five years of age, and is interred at the Winters Cemetery. All of their other children are graduates of Winters High School. Her husband Rafael passed away in Mexico in July 1990, after more than 40 years of marriage. She took pride in a 45 year work history working at canneries/plants in Woodland, Davis and Winters, and retired from the Beatrice/Hunt-Wesson Cannery in Davis in 1999. Her husband worked for over 40 years in the construction/landscaping industries. The couple and their family lived in the same house on East Abbey Street in Winters since 1956, which has served as a family gathering place for their children and grandchildren over the years. She was fortunate to live with her daughter Angelina, who was her primary caregiver, thereby allowing her to live out her last years in the home that she loved.
The family is also grateful to Dr. William Davis for his many years of commitment and service, and to Yolo County Hospice for their support.
She is survived by her beloved family: son Rafael Rosas, Jr. of Winters; daughter Esther Thomas and husband James of Winters, and their sons Michael, Anthony, Derrick and Chad; daughter Elva Bejar and husband Francisco (Paco) of Hayward, and their daughters Alexandra and Andrea; daughter Irma S. Rosas of Hayward, and her sons Carlos and Emilio and grandsons Emilio Tomas and Carlos Jr.; daughter Yolanda Ynostroza and husband Joseph from Sacramento, and their children Rudy, Ricky and Serena; daughter Grace Rosas-Torres and her daughter Gabrielle; daughter Armida S. Rosas and David Cotti of San Jose; daughter Angelina Rosas of Winters and her son Aaron; daughter Patricia Franco and husband Jose of Winters, and their children Robert, Brian and Marilyn; daughter Virginia Rosas and husband Roger DeJesus of Hayward; and daughter Estela Rosas of Hayward. She is also survived by her cherished mother Maria Refugio (who is 101 years young), brother German Sevilla and his wife Lucia, and sister Estela Mandujano and her husband Jacob, of San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, and numerous nephews and nieces in Los Angeles and Mexico.
In addition to her beloved husband and son, she was preceded in death by her father Salvador M. Sevilla (interred in Mexico), older brother Rigo Sevilla (interred in Mexico), and younger brother Carlos Sevilla (interred in Vacaville).
A rosary was held on May 28, 2009 at the Wiscombe Funeral Home Chapel in Davis. The funeral mass took place at St. Anthonys Church in Winters on May 29, 2009, followed by burial at the Winters Cemetery and a reception at the Winters Buckhorn.
Pallbearers for the service were her grandsons Carlos Castorena, Rudy Hernandez, Chad Thomas, Emilio Espinosa and Robert Franco, and longtime family friend Don Manual V. Carillo. Her grandson Anthony Thomas delivered the eulogy at the burial site celebrating her memory and life.