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Obituary: Refugio Bernal Renteria

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Born: April 23, 1926

Died: July 13, 2000

The most precious gift we called "Ma" or "Cuca" was taken from us due to complications unrelated to surgery for a tumor removal. She is now in the loving care of her mother and father who preceded her in death only this past January.

Born to Lauro and Elvira Bernal on April 23, 1926 in Munisipio, San Marcos, Jalisco, Mexico. Married Juan Renteria September 16, 1950, later divorced.

Leaves her legacy in sons and daughters Juan "John" Manuel, Jose Luis "Pepe" (Julie), Maria Teresa (Cory) Lyman, Georgia (Mike) Maloney, Miguel "Mike" (Juanita), Alfonso "Al" (Tina), and Gloria (Saul) Castruita. Also survived by 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Special acknowledgements to Aunt Virginia Gonzales (Abe), Aunt Paula, Uncle Louie (Darlene) and numerous friends and relatives. Gracias especialmente a su sobrino Francisco Bernal y sus familiares en Mexico. Also preceded in death by her son, Alfonso; father, Lauro Bernal Ventura; mother, Elvira Ruiz Lopez Bernal; brothers, Alejandro and David; sisters, Lupe, Gloria, Vicenta, Dioiceo, and Ynes; grandchildren, Alejandro Renteria, Matt Lyman, and Ashley Renteria, and our Abuelita Maria Renteria and many relations. Oh, what a grand reunion it will be.

Our mother was always in the service of others. Employed at Holy Cross Hospital and Fairview Care Center where she maintained the facilities and gave comfort to those who needed a friend to talk to. Enjoyed shopping at Deseret Industries in Sugarhouse to accumulate four or five large bags of clothes and items she would take for family and friends on her annual trips to Mexico. She felt great joy always in giving what she could to others less fortunate.

A single mother, she successfully raised seven children on a menu of love and the best tortillas and Mexican dishes in town. Our mother was very dedicated to this family and never remarried because of it. With very little means she spoiled us all. She fed, clothed and sheltered us. She healed, counseled, and gave us guidance. She cared, was concerned for, and loved us all very much. All of this from a tiny lady in stature yet grand individual we all call "Ma." We will miss her in our own special way. Forever etched in our minds will be the picture of her standing at her front porch window watching us leave after visiting and giving us her blessing to assure our safety. Until we meet again, O madre mia que estas in los cielos quidanos y guardanos de todo mal. Amen.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 715 West 300 North. A vigil service will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. also at the church, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Committal: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive. Funeral Directors: Neil O'Donnell and Sons.