Elisa "Lichita" (Sanchez) Resendez

April 26, 1922 ~ July 14, 2022 (age 100)


We lost our beloved mother, Elisa “Lichita” Resendez on July 14, 2022, at the age of 100. Elisa was born a century ago on April 26, 1922, in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico to Maclovio Sanchez and Petra Ponce. She was the second to the last of 14 children.

As a young woman, she worked in retail and enjoyed traveling to several parts of Mexico with her family. In 1957, she met and married Elpidio Resendez, Sr., and moved to Texas. She had three children and enjoyed spending time with them as a homemaker. After our father died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, she decided to move closer to family and relocated to Watsonville in 1972 to make a better life for her children.

Through good and bad times, our mother always provided us the basics: food, clothing, shelter, and most important, love, which protected us and helped us not to notice the bad times. She worked in the canneries and flower nurseries in Watsonville and Castroville.

Elisa lived a life worth living. She was an example of how to make the most of one’s life and she had a lasting impact on her family and friends. Her door was always open to them. She loved people and people gravitated towards her. She was a devout Catholic and was involved in the Church (St. Patrick’s, Our Lady of The Assumption, Our Lady Help of Christians, San Juan Bautista Mission) and with Watsonville Senior Center, and the Santa Cruz Elderday program. She attracted many good people and cultivated a community of friends which was very special for her. Her friends and family called her “Lichita” because of her small stature but great love. We miss her. Her greatest gift to us was her unconditional love and a great example in how to treat people and how live and appreciate life.

Elisa Resendez was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and sisters. She is survived by her children, Elpidio (Leydiana Diaz), Elizabeth, and Myriam, her grandchildren, Aide, Carlo Ivan, Noe, Ricardo “Ricky”, Dominique “Nikki”, Mario, and Michael, and her great grandchildren Fernando and Alexa. She also leaves behind many nephews and nieces and their children.

We are grateful for all the love and friendship that was given to our mother while she lived on this earth. We are grateful to her doctors, Dr. Ariel Martinez, and Dr. Neil Sawhney and their nursing staff, as well as the medical staff at Dominican Hospital. We are indebted to her caregivers Socorro Ramirez, Hilda Garcia, Alma Berta Garcia (and husband Rueben), Ana Lilia Fernandez, and Estela Valdez. We thank her friends who always helped, Maria Casillas, Lucila, Miguel, Lilly, Tony and Berta Rosso, Ramona and Apolinar Magaña, Carmen Bonilla, Veronica and Ernesto Vargas, Father Roberto Vera, Father Luis Oyarzo, Father Eli, and Father Cabrera. We know that she remembered all of you because she would tell us stories about her friends and family and ask about how they were doing, even in her final days.

Forgive us for not mentioning the many persons who she had contact with and enjoyed spending time with her. We thank you all.


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