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Alicia C. Zarate

February 17, 2018
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Obituary for Alicia C. Zarate

Alicia C. Zarate
1931-2018

God put his arms around Alicia Zarate, 86 and brought her to heaven on February 17, 2018. She passed, as she always lived, surrounded by her family. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1931 and soon met the love of her life, John Zarate. They settled in the Santa Maria Valley where they proudly raised their five sons and family dog, Caesar. The strength of her golden heart became stronger when her husband and son became angels too soon. She bravely became the matriarch and continued to instill in all of us the importance of what being a family truly means.

She inspired those around her to reach their dreams and aim for success. She enjoyed spending time with family and was always ready to be picked up to go anywhere, anytime - as she would say ... " Let's Go!"
She loved her home full of people, watching novellas, going shopping, going to church, dancing, going to amusement parks with her grandchildren, family camping trips, working in the yard and made the best food; especially her favorite jelly. If she didn't answer the phone, it meant one thing... she was at the Casino. She loved being " Mom", "Grandma", "Nana" & " Great-Grandma". She is adored by everyone lucky enough to have known her.

Alicia is preceded in death by her beloved husband John Zarate; son David Zarate; parents Luis & Maria Castellanos; brothers Jesse, Joaquin & Luis; sister Juventina.

Alicia is survived by her four loving sons Johnny Zarate and wife Patricia; Ralph Zarate and wife Martha; Mark Zarate and wife Donna; Richie Zarate and Linda. All of Santa Maria, CA. Her seven grandchildren, whom she cherished Anna Maria Anderson and husband Robert; Aubrey Dillon and husband Murray; David Zarate and wife Vivian; Justine Casaceli and husband Eddie; Tara Casaceli and husband Mike; Jacob Zarate; Vincent Zarate and wife Nicole. Ten great-grandchildren & many dear nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at 5:00 pm followed by a Rosary at 6:00 pm on Monday February 26, 2018 at the Chapel of Dudley Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria.

Mass will be held Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Santa Maria. Burial to follow at The Santa Maria Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow at The Filipino Community Hall.

In honor of Alicia, flowers can be sent to Dudley Hoffman Mortuary.


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