It is with sorrow and pain in our hearts that we write this obituary for our wonderful mother, Lucy Vera.
She was born in Pittsburg, but her family moved to Antioch when she was very young. She loved growing up and living in Antioch, all but the last 4 ½ years of her life were spent in Antioch.
Having more than enough credits she was able to graduate from Antioch High School a year early. With the encouragement of her favorite teacher, Mrs. Beede, she obtained a job at Dow Chemical, where she remained until her marriage and birth of her first child, Michele. She was employed in the office of Western Cannery and then went to work in the office of Hickmott Cannery, both canneries closed down. She began a new career as Deputy Court Clerk for Contra Costa County in Concord and then was promoted to the Court in Walnut Creek. She retired, which was well deserved, after 45 years of working. She was a hard worker and did well at all her places of employment.
Our Mom was a woman of faith and was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She would walk to church on Sundays with her Grandmother, from 15th street to the old church at the corner of G and 7th street. Most important to her in life was her family and her faith.
She is survived by her 3 children, Michele (Bud), Richard, Vincent (Annette), her Grandchildren Jennifer, Michele Leigh, Michael, Bryan, Sydney and Danielle, 15 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, parents Jose Martinez and Maura Castaneda, Great Grandmother Micaela Moran, siblings Esther Rosalez, Mary Chapman, Lola Avalos, Tony Martinez and Socorro Verdugo and daughter-in-law Charlene Vera
There will be a Mass held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Sept 9 at 11:30 , then onto Holy Cross Cemetery for graveside service followed by a Celebration of Life at Lone Tree Golf Course. All held in Antioch.
In lieu of flowers, have a Mass said for our mother at Holy Rosary Church.