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It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to our beautiful mother Teresa Ybarra. She passed peacefully with her family at her side in the early morning hours of October 11, 2023. Our Mother is now resting in the warm embrace of God.
Teresa was welcomed into heaven by her beloved husband Marcial Ybarra Sr, daughter Marcia Ybarra, grandson Andrew Ybarra, daughter in law Debbie Ybarra and bonus daughter Cheryl Pitcock. Beloved family members including Teresa’s parents Timoteo & Juanita Aguirre, four siblings, in laws and close friends are among those Mom held dear and who we know also greeted her at heaven’s gates.
She leaves behind a large and loving family; her children Patty Ybarra,, Art Ybarra, Marcial Ybarra Jr. (Erica), Tim Ybarra (Rose), Dalinda Saich (Brent) and Carrie Pitcock Quirarte. Teresa was Grandma to 17 grandchildren: Tim Ybarra Jr., Andy Ybarra +, Gilbert Ybarra, Art Ybarra Jr., Gabrielle Ybarra, Matthew Ybarra, Jacqlene Ybarra, Joshua Ybarra, Jacob Ybarra, Jeanna Ybarra, Marcial Ybarra III, Marcy Ybarra, Monica Saich, Pierce Saich, Troy Elliot Jr, Eric Elliott and Kali Elliott. She was affectionately known as “little grandma” to 22 great grandchildren and 13 great -great grandchildren.
Teresa was a lifelong member of the Merced community; she grew up in Merced and attended local schools after arriving from Mexico at a young age. She strived to make the most of her education and life experience despite the many challenges of the time. Teresa met her soulmate and love of her life, Marcial Ybarra, in the fall of 1953 and the two were married within months. Teresa & Marcial immediately purchased their first home and started their family in Merced before moving to Los Angeles to pursue new opportunities. That same penchant for new adventures and travel would later be shared with their family.
Several years later the family returned to Merced where Teresa proudly opened her own business, The Hair Artistry, which was a successful salon for years. Mom and Dad enjoyed 39 years together, each year special and cherished. An accomplished woman with many talents aside from being an exceptional Cosmetologist, Teresa was a seamstress who could mend anything as well as an unparalleled chef; a talent every generation of her family has enjoyed. She earned her Associate's Degree later in life and went on to enjoy a career in early education before fully retiring. Mom was a woman who understood the value of a solid work ethic and the results of such, which meant a better life for her family. This was just one of many values she instilled in each of her children. Above all, the care and love she showed in raising her own family was shared with us as we raised our own families. Mom was always there to help whenever needed. She and Dad taught us all how to be the best parents we could be just by being great role models. While Teresa enjoyed time on the beach, as much as an evening at the casinos or a lovely ocean cruise, it was the time with her family that brought her the most joy. Our Mom would often be found with a book in her hand on her patio or working on her well-kept garden, as a steady stream of family visited regularly. She was always surrounded by family and never alone.
To say we will miss our Mom, her voice, her lovely face and smile, is an understatement and does not adequately describe the profound void in our family and our lives. Mom has left us with us a legacy of love, faith, loyalty, fierce “Ybarra “strength and a creative independent spirit that will surely be carried on in generations to come. Goodbye for now to our beautiful Mother, Grandmother, may you rest by Dad’s side in the eternal sunshine of God’s “Evergreen “garden.
WE LOVE YOU!