Bertha F. Elias died surrounded by her family at Watsonville Community Hospital on April 1st, 2019. She was 76. A native of Gomez Farias, Michoacan, Mexico, she has lived in Watsonville for 41 years. Mrs. Elias worked in the strawberries for 40 years. She enjoyed gardening and cooking, but her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Elias is survived by her 3 sons Jose, Jr. (Sylvia), Ramon (Teresa) Elias, and Miguel (Araceli) Magdaleno; daughters Bertha (Miguel) Magdaleno, Gloria (Manuel Hernandez) Elias, and Veronica (Edgardo) Cortes; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers and 4 sisters. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jose, in 2006, and her sister Guadalupe Clemente.
The visitation and funeral service were held Monday, April 8, 2019, at Mehl's Colonial Chapel. Visitation began at 5 p.m. with the service at 7:00 p.m. Burial was Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Pioneer Cemetery.
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