Lucy G. Valencia, 79 years, was called home to her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 1, 2019. A devoted mother, wife, grandmother and GiGi, she is preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph Valencia, her parents, siblings, niece and nephews.
Her spirit is carried on by her daughters Nadine (Elmer) McPhail, Arlene Falcon Gomez, Jennifer (Larry) Nunn; Grandchildren Lena Gomez (Fiancé Alfred Moran), Rosemary Gomez, Dina McPhail, Serina Gomez, Marissa (Jared) Garcia, Anthony Gomez; Great Grandchildren Audrey, Marcus, and Jacob Mangino, and Sloan Garcia; Surviving siblings, nephews, and nieces.
Lucy was born and raised in Southern California. She relocated to the Central Coast area where she raised her family. She was a stay at home mother for many years volunteering her time with the Goleta School District, later working for the Migrant Education program. This led her to her proudest educational and career accomplishment of attaining her BS in Liberal Arts with emphasis on Bilingual Communications and her Master Degree at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo. She worked for the Santa Maria Bonita School District teaching grades 2nd through 4th for 29 years. She loved her job and went above and beyond for all her students.
We remember Lucy as everyone's #1 fan. Whether you are a family member, a student, a coworker, the football or basketball team currently playing on tv, the protagonist of Hollywood's latest suspense movie, or simply someone she just met (like one of the many hitchhikers she picked up traveling), you could count on Lucy to be in your corner providing words of encouragement, strength, and support. Through the little and big successes, and even through our shortcomings, she always voiced just how proud she was of you.
Being around this amazing woman, made you want to be the best version of yourself. Nothing compared to the feeling of security, love, and acceptance—always receiving her undivided attention. If you were a child, from her pockets a piece of candy or a quarter made you feel on top of the world. It was her personal mission in life to make every person she met from every walk of life feel special and loved. A form of affection such as a kiss, a hug, or the reassuring touch of her hand will always be the lasting impression she has left on us all.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband Joe, spending time with her family and friends, but most of all she loved to spend time with her daughters, grandkids and great grandkids.
Her new home takes her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, gardening, cooking, and hitting the slots of heaven's casino. If heaven doesn't have a casino, Joe and Lucy are sure to be driving the back roads of heaven trying to find it.
Lucy Valencia, Mrs. Valencia—sharp as a whip, a storyteller, a spontaneous adventurer, a dedicated wife, a loving mother, grandmother, GiGi, a reliable friend, a caring teacher—however we remember her, we remember the memories, the values, and the unconditional love she shared with us all, forever and always.
A visitation will be held at the chapel of Dudley Hoffman Mortuary on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5-8 pm with 6 pm rosary. Mass will be held at St. Louis de Montfort Church on Friday, February 8th at 9:30 am followed by burial services at Santa Maria Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
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