Born on August 28, 1925 In San Juan Tumbio, Michuacan, to Teresa Sosa Ponce and Monico Gonzales, Maternal Granddaughter of Jacinta Ponce y Abran Gonzales and Paternal Granddaughter of Isaura Chaves and Abran Gonzalez.
Rosa Quiroz was born the second eldest of four daughters and stated that her duties as a growing daughter included farming alongside her father and riding horses, and was also tasked to breaking the families’ horses and tending to other farm animals, and also shooting rabbits with a pistol from her horse. Rosa’s favorite horse was “La Pinta” and her favorite hand gun was a 38 special; which her Mother sewed a special pocket on her apron to carry her pistol.
Rosa stated that she developed her work ethic from her father’s example and preferred labor as opposed to domestic work. Rosa also learned the structure of family unity from her parents and grandparents; which she referred to as parents, and it is also a value she instilled on her children, and insisted that her children also appreciated their employments with equal intensity.
Rosa was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, two sisters, daughter Carmen Gonzales, Grandson Raymond, and husband Donaciano Quiroz, and is survived by her children, Gilberto Gonzales of Michoacan, Alma (Wayne Plumlee) of Madera, Adam (Kelly) of Arkansas, Theresa of Clovis, Maria of Clovis, and Julian of Clovis. 13 Grandchildren, 7 Great-grandchildren.
Rosa drove through Clovis for the first time in 1965 and immediately decided that she would raise her children in a small country town of 6,500 residents in 1966 she brought her children and remained in the area throughout the remainder of her life.
Rosa was also a true and unyielding friend, and is remembered by her loud and infections laughter and love of music and dancing, and frequently looked for a reason to invite friends for familial celebrations, and loved to travel. Although she traveled throughout United States, Mexico and Hawaii, the place she felt additional at home because of the ambiance was New Orleans during Mardi Gras; loved the music and the food, and more importantly the beads she collected, and distributed amongst her friends upon her return home.
Rosa’s immediate employment in the Clovis/Fresno area encompassed agricultural field of the area, and when grape season began, she was the first to complete her row. When she began working at La Manusi Packing, the daily record for number of boxes packed was 200 in a shift, and on her first day of packing Rosa surpassed the record with a total of near 350 packed boxes. Her work ethic was unyielding and equally admired. When her children began going to the vinyards to also pick grapes, our father would tell us that we would leave as soon as we finished the current task, but Rosa would soon stand and tell us that she felt a breeze coming in the 115 degree heat of the San Joaquin Valley; with her directions, we would remain working additional hours.
Rosa was an incipient member of La Guadalupana Society Clovis Chapter and of the United Farm Workers Union, and was one of the traveling cooks during their marches. Rosa was also a member of the Clovis Unified Title 1. Dr. Floyd Buchanon had respectfully voiced his content and respect for Rosa and her husband’s contributions and participation during the Title 1 conferences and the testimonial they would present to the Education Boards throughout the State. Rosa also marched in Tulare during the Funeral Services for Cezar Chavez, retired from Zacky Farms and lived in her new home in Clovis, until she was asked to reside with her daughter Alma and husband Wayne in Madera.
Rosa was not an ill person and never complained of any discomfort. On May 28th Rosa stated that she was feeling tired, and announced that she was ready to begin her transition to her next life in peace, with only one week of illness, and parting this world on her terms on June 7th , 2021 with her family embracing her beyond her last breath.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Jay Chapel, Madera, CA
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Jay Chapel, Madera, CA
Interment will follow at Arbor Vitae Cemetery, Madera, CA
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 6/15/2021 at 09:50 AM, Pacific Standard Time.