Olivia Valdez Lara passed away on December 16, 2021. She was 73. Olivia was born on April 13, 1948 in Texas to Pedro and Catalina Valdez. She grew up in Texas and then moved to California. Olivia graduated from Watsonville High school in 1966. In the 1970’s she met her husband Ruben Lara Sr. (40 years). She raised her family and was a homemaker until the early 80’s, where she briefly worked in the strawberry fields. Olivia enjoyed her outings to the Senior Center where she attended bingo, dances, and participated in crafting. She enjoyed her coloring books and word puzzles, going for walks, watching John Wick and other action movies, and making her favorite, chile con carne. Olivia loved her community and her beloved babies Maddy and Kitty. Olivia is preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her children: Ruben Lara (Gricelda) and Christina Lara, sister; Lupe Valdez (Patsy), and nephews; Pete and Renee Valdez. A graveside blessing will be held Thursday December 30, 2021 at 10 am at Pioneer Cemetery. Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.