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Donna Contreras

June 9, 1959 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 62)

Obituary

Donna Espinoza Contreras passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on Friday, November 19, 2021. She was 62 years old. 

Donna was born on June 9, 1959, to Frank and Estelle Espinoza in Santa Cruz, California. She was raised, along with six siblings, in Watsonville. Donna met her loving husband, Michael Contreras, when they were young teenagers. They married in 1980 and quickly started their family. In 2004, Donna and her family moved to Hollister, California.

Donna was a long-time employee of Santa Cruz County, where she worked for 29 years. Beginning her public service career as a Clerical Assistant, and later promoting to Eligibility Specialist/Benefits Representative, Donna served thousands of clients within her hometown community linking them to public assistance programs and community resources. Donna retired from Santa Cruz County in the Spring of 2020 but continued to serve her community through part-time employment as an essential worker at Target in Hollister during the COVID pandemic. 

Donna was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved reading, gardening, music, especially classic rock and 90s hip hop, watching reality and true crime tv, and baking. But what she loved most was being a loving and involved Nana and Gammy to her five grandchildren. She never missed a birthday, holiday, game, recital, or school event. 

Donna is survived by her devoted husband, Michael Contreras; loving children, Tessa & Rick Romero, Cynthia Contreras, Mario Diaz, and Damian Contreras; beloved grandchildren Isaiah, Emily, Adrian, Ava, and Laila; Goddaughter Jazmyn; siblings Joel, Frank, David, John, Ophelia and their spouses; brothers and sister-in-law; many nieces and nephews, and countless coworkers, neighbors, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Estelle, and sister Rita Johnson. 

Donna was a wonderful, fun-loving, caring woman who gave without ever expecting anything in return. She was loved by many and will forever be missed. We remember her today and celebrate her beautiful life. 

Services will be held at Mehl's Colonial Chapel on Saturday, November 26, 2021, with visitation to begin at 11 a.m., rosary and eulogy at 1 p.m., and reception to follow at 3 p.m.

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Services

Recitation of the Rosary
Saturday
November 27, 2021

1:00 PM
Mehl's Colonial Chapel
222 East Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076

Visitation
Saturday
November 27, 2021

11:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mehl's Colonial Chapel
222 East Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076

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