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Rafaela Hernandez Gonzales

August 15, 1930 January 14, 2019
Rafaela  Hernandez Gonzales
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Obituary for Rafaela Hernandez Gonzales

Was born on August 15th, 1930 in Brawley California and passed away peacefully on January 14th, 2019 at Marian Extended in Santa Maria, California. Following her marriage to Jesse M. Gonzales, they moved to the Santa Maria Valley and she worked at numerous local Frozen Food plants over 25 years and retired from Walmart after 10 years.
She was proceeded in death by her daughter Sylvia Flystra, parents Miguel Hernandez and Eustolia Beltran and ex-husband Jesse M. Gonzales. Rafaela was the oldest of 11 in her family and was proceeded in death by her sisters-Micaela, Lucilla, Esperanza and Yolanda, Brothers- Geronimo, Juan, and Victor. She is survived by her daughter Mary McKinley (Richard), sisters Guadalupe (Victor), Esther and brother Eduardo (Delfina). She also leaves behind five grand children Jason Mckinley (Andrea), Nadine Mckinley, Sarah McKinley, Alyssa Brafford (Reese) and Dylan Flystra (Alex). Five great grandchildren who were a great joy to her, Amaiya, Sylvia, Nikki, Asaiah, and SayJohn. They will miss spending time with their “Big Nana” as they called her.
Funeral services are provided by Dudley Hoffman Mortuary, visitation and rosary are scheduled for Monday January 21st from 5pm-8pm at the Dudley Hoffman chapel and Mass will be celebrated at St. John Neumann on Tuesday, January 22 at 10 am in Santa Maria, burial will follow at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Following interment, a memorial potluck will be held at the VFW Hall located at 200 E. Battles Rd.

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