Carmen G. Lopez passed away peacefully in her Winters home on Jan. 25, 2018, at the age of 85.
She was born April 1, 1932 in El Marmol, Guanajuato, Mexico, and was the eldest of her 11 siblings. She immigrated to the US in 1963 with her family and has since been a resident of Winters. She is mother to eight children, grandmother of 24, great-grandmother of 21 and great-great grandmother of 2. She was a stay-at-home mother and her family and children meant the world to her. Nothing brought her more happiness than the company of her grandchildren, family and friends.
Carmen truly was the most giving, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was also known to have a blunt sense of humor that was appreciated by all. Her home was always open to others and she was adamant in making sure every person she met was welcome. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren, was an avid gardener, enjoyed cooking food for everyone and could always be seen dressed in her favorite color: red. She had many times faced difficult trials in her life and relied on her strong faith in God to see her through. Carmen was a godly woman and encouraged her children to seek him.
She was matriarch to and the heart of the Lopez family. Her strength, wisdom and presence will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Lorenzo C. Lopez, her father Martin Gutierrez, mother Ramona Valdez, brother Jorge Gutierrez and granddaughter Linda Lopez. She is survived by her children, Luis and his wife Evangelina Lopez, Rosa and her husband Joe Gutierrez, Juan and his wife Debbie Lopez, Ramon and his wife Irma Lopez, Marina Lopez, Gloria Lopez, Lupe and her husband Joe Romero, and Lorenzo Jr. and his wife Angelica Lopez. She was respected, loved and treasured by many. She will forever be remembered.
A time of visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 511 Main Street in Winters. A Mass and burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church with a celebration of her life to follow afterwards at St. Anthony Parish Hall.