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Obituary - Maria Magdalena "Elena" Lozano

Aug. 18, 1934 -- Jan. 30, 2019


February 7, 2019 | View PDF

Maria Magdalena "Elena" Lozano

Our precious mother went to be with her Lord on Jan. 30, 2019. She was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, on Aug. 18, 1934 to Cirila and Antonio Torres, and was raised in El Refugio, Mexico, with humble beginnings.

Sponsored by the Tijuana, Mexico, Missionary Baptist Church, she immigrated to the United States in 1956 with her husband and young daughter. She was very proud when she eventually became a U.S. citizen. They lived in Tulare for a short time, but moved to Shafter in 1960. There they raised their six children.

Mom loved being with her family and visiting with her friends. She looked forward to her yearly birthday trips to the coast with her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. For family gatherings, she cooked [BEGIN ITAL]everything![END ITAL] There were no potlucks at her house. After her children moved out, she raised her new babies -- her pups. She loved her dogs as much as her children!

She worked for Jackson and Perkins for over 25 years, where she developed a green thumb and a love for flowers. She enjoyed being in her garden and tending to it.

Maria Magdalena "Elena" Lozano

She lived her life to impress no one but her God. When she encountered a homeless person on the street, she gave them money, asked them if they knew Jesus, handed them a tract and told them to call their mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, her son Samuel Raygoza, and her daughter Martha Stacener. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Vicente Lozano, and daughters Yolanda Martinez, Emily Randolph, Deborah Raygoza-Wells and Sandra Sanders. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A service and luncheon will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Basham-Lara Funeral Care, 343 State Ave. in Shafter. Burial to follow at 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest, 2734 Panama Lane, Bakersfield.


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