Mercedes Valena Lopez

Feb 10, 1919 - Jan 5, 2013




My Mother Kept A Garden

My Mother kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
She planted all the good things,
That gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine,
And encouraged me to dream:
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rains came,
She protected me enough;
But not too much, she knew I’d need
To stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example,
Always taught me right from wrong;
Markers for my pathway
To last my whole life long.

I am my Mother’s garden,
I am her legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love,
Reflected back from me.

-Author Unknown

Mercedes Valeña Lopez, 93, of Elk Grove passed away on Saturday, January 05, 2013 at her home in Elk Grove, California.

Mercedes Valeña Lopez was born in Talogtog, Ilocos, Philippines to Gregorio L. Valeña and Siemuna Toralba on February 10, 1919, and was married to Ladislao C. Lopez (1917-2000) Sapang, Pangasinan, Philippines.  In her teen years she was crowned Ms. Sapang in 1936. While still in the Philippines she completed a program in dressmaking which is among her interests.  She also enjoyed growing roses and dahlias.  She was a devoted member of Daughters of Mary Immaculate.

Mercedes Valeña Lopez is survived by her children Rogelio V., Orlando V., George V., Fernando V., Nelson V., Nedenia V., and Stephen V. Lopez, and 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Craig Ruggles of Sutter Medical Foundation, Grace and Martha of Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Fr. Terry Fulton, Sr. Luz, Al , Gen and Arlene of St. Maria Goretti Parish.

Visitation and memorial services are on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, at the East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Grove, California, followed by internment at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park. 

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