On September 25, 2018, Angelina Manzanarez Ayala of Madera, CA was peacefully carried in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to heaven to join her family, and the Love of her life and forever dance partner, Marcello Ayala, at the age of 92 years old.
Angelina was born June 23, 1926 in Madera, CA. She was the youngest child to her parents Geronimo and Rosa Manzanarez. Angelina is a lifelong resident of Madera and took pride living here with her family and friends.
Angelina’s greatest treasure in life was family. If you were friends with a family member you were always welcome in her home to any family gathering. She enjoyed bringing everyone together to celebrate, laugh, smile and dance. Angelina was a big believer in celebration of family traditions and in the accomplishments of the people she cared about.
The truly amazing thing about Angelina was the fact that she kept ‘Everything’ so memories of special events and accomplishments in your life would never be forgotten. I believe if you are part of her very large extended family (or friend), she will still have a clipping of you from the newspaper or a picture of you from decades ago. She was so proud of everyone in her life and loved everyone unconditionally. Angelina’s memory will never be forgotten in our hearts; the sound of her laugh, her smile, the kiss on your cheek and her warm comforting hugs, those will be what we remember and miss.
Angelina never greeted anyone or said goodbye to anyone without letting you know how grateful, loved, excited and happy it made her feel to see you. She smiled, loved and danced because she felt so amazingly lucky and blessed with her life and all the people in it. And, we feel the same way, that we are the lucky and blessed ones because she constantly showed each of us that we were loved, our lives had meaning and we were important to Angelina’s overflowing, feisty, loving heart. Thank you for loving and bringing a smile to so many people’s faces.
Angelina always put all of herself in everything she did in life and enjoyed it. From mopping the kitchen floor, gardening or taking her daily walks with the dogs, to taking time to be there for her family and friends. If you needed something she had, she gave it to you. Angelina taught a lot of lessons to her family: “Always give your all, stand firm and proud; never give up; you may not always get what you want but you get what you need and you need to be grateful for it”. She taught that love and family are the most important things in life; give a helping hand as much as you can; never settle, always strive for another accomplishment; keep pushing yourself no matter how many times you get knocked down, because if you don’t move it, you lose it; never waste anything; have fun and enjoy life as much as you can. But most importantly, she taught her family that true love does exist if you are willing to work hard for it, forgive and love.
Angelina is preceded in death by her sweetheart, soulmate and love of her life, her loving husband, Marcello P. Ayala. At last, they are together again forever.
She was also preceded in death by her mother Rosa Manzanarez; father Geronimo Manzanrez; sisters, Catilina “Katie” Palacios, Dolores, M. Casillas, Manuela Manzanarez, Ramona Palacio, Mercedes M. Valdez, Rose Arias and brothers, Geronimo A Manzanarez, Francisco A. Manzanarez.
Angelina is survived by her three sons, Marcello Ayala Jr., Richard Ayala, Edward Ayala and one daughter, Diana Rangel and her husband Joe Jesse Rangel. She is also survived by her grandchildren; her granddaughter, best friend and joy in her life Christina Saucedo, Steven Mata, Michelle Jones, Christopher Ayala, Daniel Davis, Adrian Rangel, Stacey Ayala, Edward Ayala Jr., Andrew Ayala and Sarah Ayala along with sixteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren who all love and cherish you forever grandma; go dance with grandpa forevermore.
Visitation will be on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a Rosary Service following at 7:00 pm at Jay Chapel in Madera.
Remembrances may be made to St. Joachim Catholic Church, 401 West Fifth Street, Madera, CA 93637.
Donations may be made to:
St. Joachim Catholic Church
401 West 5th Street, Madera CA 93637