We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Shannon Family Mortuary FD-1772
Laura Arroyo, 77 years of age, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 13th, 2022 at Meridian in Anaheim Hills.
Laura was born in Mexico City, MX to Noemi Guzman Franco, mother (December 15th, 1924 - September 27,1998) and Constantino Garcia Aranda, father (July 14, 1914 - January 20, 2000). She was the second child born. Her elder sister, Pilar Garcia Guzman, preceded her in death (December 5th, 1942 - May 3rd, 2008), as well as younger brother Rafael Constantino Garcia Guzman (August 26, 1947 - July 31, 2013). She is survived by her youngest sister, Rosa Maria Garcia Guzman.
Laura was educated at a variety of schools throughout the Capital and finished at the Colegio Espanol de Mexico in Mexico City. She had an office job early and worked together with her sister, Pilar, and brother Rafael to contribute to the household.
Soon after she met and was married to Ramon Arroyo (who survives her) in May in 1966. Together, they had a four children, Raymond, Rosa Laura, Mario and Roger Arroyo, who all survive her.
Laura and her husband started out married life like any other couple, working to save money. They were soon able to buy a house in a new suburb of Mexico City called Via Satelite shortly after the Olympics of 1968. In 1971, after a trip to see relatives in Sacramento, CA, Laura and her husband decided to emigrate to the U.S. They traveled to Santa Ana, CA, and settled there. Even though she missed her mom and sisters dearly, she found it exciting to start a new life in the heart of Orange County. With young children in the house, she needed to organize trips to entertain the kids - Disneyland, South Coast Plaza, Main Place, and Newport Beach - to name a few.
As Laura’s children grew, she became more involved with the local Church. She was part of St. Anne’s parish and began to help translate the newsletter in order to serve the growing Spanish-speaking community. All her children were enrolled at the school and Laura became part of Sociedades Guadalupanas, religious associations organized by Mexican-American Catholic women to provide leadership in social concerns and perform works of charity.
Laura worked at ITT Cannon for a few years before retiring. After living in various places throughout Santa Ana, Laura and Ramon decided to purchase a new house in Corona, CA. It was the home where they saw their family grow. During their time there, their grandchildren were born: Dylan and Jesika Marie, Rhianna Skye, Addison Ray, Mackenzie Aileen, Kennedy Nohemi, Riley Elizabeth and Teagan Shea. Laura showed her family how to live as a close knit unit and to share in that love that she experienced in her youth.
Laura loved to make crafts to express her creative side. She also loved to travel as often as she could. It didn’t matter if it was a short trip or long one, she enjoyed the wonder of new things, being out to explore. She liked to visit with people, to listen and to laugh with them. Laura could talk for long whiles, especially with her friends, her children, grandkids, and dear neighbors. She had a charm that people just gravitated to.
Above all else, Laura loved to dance. You could always find her dancing if there was music to be played. Apart from the traditional cumbias and salsas, she loved rock ’n’ roll classics from Elvis Presley, but also liked The Supremes. She was a huge fan of Abba and new wave group Oingo Boingo too. Gypsy Kings were on regular rotation at her house as well. The love for music came from a gusto for life. The family used to kid her and say that even though she couldn’t walk without a walker, she could always find her way to dance floor.
Laura will be laid to eternal rest on July the 8th, 2022 with a 10am service at San Antonio in Anaheim Hills and interment at Holy Sepulcher in Orange. A reception to celebrate her life will be held at Orange Hill Restaurant immediately after.