Desdemona Dagmar (Teeny) Navares was born on December 31, 1950, in Turlock, CA and passed away on August 17, 2021, in Merced, CA.
She grew up and worked on the family farm (grapes/raisins and sweet potatoes) in Livingston until high school graduation. She then attended (CSU, Sacramento, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Soon after she became the head chemistry lab technician at Sacramento City College where she remained for almost twenty years until multiple sclerosis (MS) forced her into early retirement. After several years she moved to Merced to be near her brother. As her MS progressed she lived in four different care facilities for her final twenty years.
Desdemona was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Mary Navares, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her brother Desmond (Pamela), niece Kaleigh, and numerous cousins. In lieu of flowers friends may donate to the National MS Society.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 4-8pm at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater.
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