Ramona G. Lerma
November 19, 1926 – September 29, 2020 (age 94)
When Ramona entered heaven on September 29th, she was reunited with her husband of 74 years and children who preceded her. She experienced true happiness when her expansive family was together, it was inevitable that she would pass peacefully at home surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even a few great-great grandchildren. Born on a ranch in the countryside outside Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She was the stubborn child of Agapito and Chricencia Gonzalez. Learning the importance and privilege of a hard day’s work, her hands were in perpetual motion until the morning of her passing. She married Roberto Lerma and quickly got to work on raising a family and realizing the dream of a prosperous life in the United States. They moved to Texas and soon began moving around the western states as migrant farm workers while their family continued to grow. Settling in San Jacinto, CA in 1960 they bought their forever home and settled-in to the community as their family continued to grow exponentially. To most of the world, she was known as ‘Doňa Ramona’ but to those of us lucky enough to be hers, she was ‘Grandma’. Grandma’s hands were always moving… making magic in the kitchen, rolling perfectly round flour tortillas, menudo and tamales for holidays and special occasions or what was undoubtedly the first solid food any of us tasted, a lightly toasted & simmered pasta and broth that we all still call ‘sopita’. When she was not tending to her fruit trees and roses, she could usually be found hard at work practicing the art of crochet, creating doilies, shawls, and table coverings with endless interlocking loops of thread. We already miss her terribly… until we meet again Grandma.
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