Genevieve Estrada was born January 3, 1932, to Guadalupe Estrada and Luz Argandar in Livingston California, where she spent the rest of her life. Genevieve and sisters Julia, Connie, Josephina, Mary, Shirley, and brothers Gilbert, Gabert, Guadalupe, Fernando, Louie, Manuel, Johnny, and Joey were raised primarily on Peach Street. Seven generations of Estrada and Zamora family members have lived on Peach Street, which was purchased by her father Guadalupe, a grape farmer who at one point owned 40 acres. Genevieve’s family came to California from the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Genevieve married at the age of 18 years old to Rufino Zamora whose family was from Michoacan, Mexico. They were married for 54 years. Rufino built their first home at 13655 Peach Avenue where they raised nine children, eight daughters, and one son. She lived on the same land in a newly constructed house until her passing. The house Rufino built was right next door to the house where Genevieve’s parents raised her.
Genevieve loved to sing and dance at a young age and considered herself a ‘Tomboy’. She was an adventurous spirit and loved to travel and explore. She traveled to Mexico over the years with her husband. After her husband passed, Genevieve also visited her daughters and family members in Hawaii with daughter Nina and granddaughter Mattie and children Maggie and Kianoa, Georgia with daughter Martha, and Chicago with her grandson Anthony and Adrianna. Frequently she visited her son Xavier and Pat in San Francisco where she also attended art and cultural events and enjoyed walking around the city and eating out. She believed in love, justice, and the acceptance of all people.
She loved walking and once walked nine miles on Highway 99 in support of the United Farm Workers (she never told anyone). She was a woman of strong faith and compassion. Grandma Genny and Grampa Rufino raised and supported her grandchildren. In planning Genevieve’s Memorial Celebration, many of the grandchildren shared stories of their grandparents' love and care. Genevieve loved visiting with family and friends. She was quiet and humble but as she grew older she became more comfortable speaking her mind. She spoke at three public art show exhibitions that included paintings by her daughter Pat. She always shared her wisdom during family circle gatherings on special occasions in her home. Her gentle spirit is loved, treasured, and missed and will never be forgotten.
Genevieve's love for family was strong and she was blessed to be with all of her daughters and family before her death. Her strong will kept her alive to see her daughter Nina arrive from Georgia at 2:35 am on Sunday, June 6th. She passed an hour later in her home at 3:30 am with daughters Nina, Pat, and great-grandson Kainoa at her side.
Genevieve is survived by the following daughters in order of age:
Ida Tapia and husband Epifaniolda Tapia and children:
Adrianna Garcia and Husband-Alvaro Garcia, Jerry Abundis, DesireeTapia, Thomas Tapia and Grandchildren: Orion, Zyanya, Moses, Amaziah, Avianna, Aziel, Markus, Jacob, Elise, Isabella, Dominic, Xavier, Ileyah, Idien
Patricia Zamora-Warr and her husband Micheal Warr
Evangeline Johnson and Children: Mario Espinoza, Celeste Acosta, and Grandchildren: Mario Jr., Mianna, Malia, Angel, TeTa, Alysha, Valerie, Joseph, Faith
Martha Zamora and Children: Anthony Zamora & wife Candi Zamora, Kimberly Zamora and Grandchildren: Xavier Zamora
Nina Haggas & husband John Haggas and Children: Mattie Young, Trinka Vera, and Grandchildren: Magdalena, Kainoa, Cynthia, Aurelia, Alexis
Erlinda Espinoza & husband Ernie Espinoza and Children: Eric Espinoza, Todd Espinoza, Javier Espinoza and Grandchildren: Ariana, Isabella, Eric, Giovanni, Rosalinda, Elena
Maria Ysavel Zamora & husband Rudy Castillo and Children: Kelly Garces and daughters Karina and Vanessa and Yasmine Garces and her five children and Ruben Garces and his five children
Deceased children: Xavier Zamora and Magdelena Zamora
Over the years our Mother had many conversations with her daughters and grandchildren about her faith, her belief in raising her children and accepting them for who they were, and the choices and changes in each of her children’s life. Genevieve gave a quote from Matthew 5:45-48 to her granddaughter, Adrianna, and told her that it was her most important possession, more than anything material in her home.
Here is the quote is taken from Matthew 5:45-48:
We are all different and we’re all equally loved and treasured by our heavenly Father.
So the next time you encounter someone who seems very different from yourself,
Don’t think of him as a ‘stranger” or, much worse, an ‘enemy’.
Instead, see him as a friend you haven’t yet gotten to know.
Then try to discover as much common ground with him as possible.
That’s always the first step in learning to love.
Where do we find common ground?
It starts deep within us, with how we are made.
We are all created in the image and likeness of God.
We are all his children. We are all sinners who fall short of God’s purposes.
We all have the same basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, education, and love.
Even apart from these common features, we share many similarities with many people -- if we dig deep enough.
Once you have identified these similarities and others, you can take the next step: look for some of that person’s unique qualities. He probably has his own story of heroic generosity and virtue. She may well be bearing an unseen cross with quiet faith and trust. Because everyone bears the image of God, everyone can reveal a facet of God’s nature that you never have encountered.
So are we the same? Or are we different? We are both.
And that’s exactly how God wants it.
‘Father, thank you for giving me so many different brothers and sisters!’