On Saturday evening, April 3, 2021, our beautiful mom, Ofelia M. Luna, 82, of Brea, was called from this earth to her eternal, heavenly home. She was truly an unselfish, loving and caring soul that always put the needs of others ahead of her own. Our lives are so much richer from being loved by you, mom. Rest well. We love you and some day we will all be together again.
Mom was the eighth of 10 brothers and sisters. Born Ofelia Munoz on March 11, 1939 in Orange, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond. She is survived by her three sons, Raymond Jr., Robert, and Philip, two daughter-in-laws, Lisa Anne, and Lisa Marie, one sister, Sabina, and brother-in-law, Manuel, and many nephews and nieces.
Mom grew up in the city of Orange. She attended Orange High School and tended to the family store on the corner of Walnut Ave. and Lemon St. It had a breakfast counter. And it was there, under the guidance of her mom, where she learned how to become such a terrific cook capturing the interest of our dad. They married in January 1960 and began their life together with mom raising us boys while dad worked several part time jobs while going night school to make a better life for his family. She worked various jobs from packing oranges, to being an aerospace equipment assembler, to working for the last 10 years of her career with the Orange County Sheriff Coroner’s Office after dad passed. Mom was a strong woman of faith and attended Holy Family Catholic Church. She was always filled with compassion and took in quite a few nieces and nephews into our home in Orange as they made their way through life. But her pride and joy was watching her nephew, Gabe’s, son Jacob, after her sister, Jennie, passed. Mom became ‘Nana’ to him and to the other little children on her block.
After she retired, she and her beautiful, yellow, African Ring Necked Parrot, ‘Birdie’, moved up to Washington for a few years to be with our brother, Rob, who was on a company job transfer. However, the gloomy weather of the Northwest made her miss the Southern California sun. So, she was happy to move back when Rob retired and bought his home in Brea, CA. My brother and mom made quite the traveling pair and would go on vacations together to Europe, Hawaii, and the East coast.
Mom was a wonderful gardener who knew how to plant and make things beautiful. She loved being outdoors in the sun and working on her rose bushes at her home on Eckhoff Street. I think her love and hospitality made our home the natural gathering place for many family occasions.
If the mansions the Lord is preparing for us are indeed homes, I will know I’ve arrived in Heaven when I walk through her door and get to hug her once again.
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