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o_DeLaMora012017 DE LA MORA, Soledad Sanchez •Soledad Sanchez De La Mora was born on May 29, 1934, in San Jose de Gracia, Jalisco. She was the daughter of Candelario and Jovita Sanchez. She was the eldest of 8 children and always helped care for her siblings. She grew up on a farm where she learned the true value of hard work. •When she was 20 years old she met Salvador Barba De La Mora and they were married on August 28, 1955 in Tepatitl n, Jalisco. A year later they had their first son, Carlos, who sadly, died after only six months of life. This tragedy impelled her husband, Salvador, to seek work in the United States. In September of 1962, Soledad and her three small children joined him and emigrated to Santa Barbara, California. Soon her family grew to three sons and three daughters. Over the years, she consistently sacrificed her own personal preferences to focus instead on raising a God fearing family who worked together, dreamed together, fought together, and succeeded together. She was a loyal wife who tirelessly stood beside her husband's dream and never wavered in her support of him. Working alongside with him while unashamedly sharing her opinions. They modeled teamwork, sacrificial love, and relentless parenting. She was an unending source of practical wisdom. Though her words in English were few, she had her own form of communication that perfectly conveyed her unfiltered, honest perspective with undeniable love.• She was the true gardener in the family and her home was a source of pride and joy. Every seed she planted blossomed even through the drought. She lived a simple life preferring to remain anonymous and in the background rather than front and center. She was also a very generous woman and never let her left hand know what her right hand was doing. Her devotion to God and tradition were unmatched and she made sure to inculcate these values in her family. She loved watching her grown children and their families thrive. She devoted the last 11 years of her life caring for her beloved husband who preceded her in death after 60 years of marriage. She is survived by her six children: Yolanda Ruiz, Salvador De La Mora Jr., Maria Avila, Joel De La Mora, Martha Ruiz and Sergio De La Mora. In addition to her children, Soledad entrusts her legacy to 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Our mother unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017. We love our mom and we will deeply miss her.• In the countless lives of those who have been touched and impacted by our mother Soledad, she will be remembered and cherished until we are reunited with her again. All are welcome in celebrating the life of Soledad Sanchez De La Mora on January 24th at 10am Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows at 21 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara, CA followed by a burial service at Calvary Cemetery located at 199 North Hope Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
o_Gordon011717 GORDON, Marta S. •Marta Siv Brit Gordon, age 86, of Santa Barbara, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on January 6, 2017 surrounded by her caretakers at Casa Cambria, her three sons and her granddaughter Paige Gordon. •Marta was born on July 11, 1930 in the small town of Angelholm, Sweden to Svea Maria Dahl (Bohman) and her husband Vigo. She and her brother Gosta worked in the family butcher shop and lived in an apartment above the store. Marta often recalled the difficult war years during which the Dahl's sheltered Jewish families who had escaped from Denmark. With the sponsorship of her Uncle Gustav, Marta came to the United States in 1953 and lived in Los Angeles. Her first job was working as a bookkeeper and nanny for Dr. James Fifield, Sr. Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Marta fondly recalled traveling cross country in the Fifield's personal rail car to New York where she stayed at the Waldorf Astoria and enjoyed a dinner with former President Herbert Hoover. As her Uncle Gustav had previously done for her, Marta sponsored the emigration to America of her mother, Svea Maria, and the two remained inseparable for the remainder of Svea's life. Marta, her mother and her Uncle joined a tight nucleus of Swedes in Southern California and were active members in a Swedish social organization called the Vasa Lodge. Many an afternoon was spent sharing stories of the old country, enjoying Swedish delicacies such as sill (pickled herring) and hoisting glasses filled with a strong spirit called Aquavit to a chorus of ‘sk l’. They loved their new country, were hard workers, and learned to speak the English language nearly fluently (though ‘human’ and ‘Hugh’ remained daunting words for nearly all the Swedes!). It was during this time in Southern California when Marta met the man of her dreams. That fateful event occurred on a Young Republican trip to Catalina Island and after a brief courtship, the beautiful Swede married the handsome Fred Gordon on August 2, 1958 in Los Angeles. In 1965, the couple moved to Santa Barbara with their three sons and remained there for most of the remainder of their lives. Marta was dedicated to family - she loved her three boys dearly. She would be most often found in the kitchen, baking or cooking with her mother Svea by her side and the two conversing in Svensk. The house on Via Los Padres was known in the neighborhood for the sweet aroma of Swedish delicacies such as bullar (cinnamon buns), kottbullar (Swedish meatballs), pannkaker (Swedish pancakes) alongside such American favorites as BBQ'd tri tip. The annual Gordon Christmas Gl gg party was legendary; where many a friend experienced the joys of traditional Swedish Christmas fare and the unexpected potency of a hot mulled wine affectionately known as Gl gg. Marta embodied the Old World tradition of caring for the previous generation and there was always a seat at the Gordon family dinner table for a lonely elderly friend. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Assistance League, loved to play tennis and often visited with her many life-long friends in Santa Barbara. Her later years were filled with travel, friends, church and spirited political conversations. Most of all, Marta will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who brought an immigrant's work ethic to all aspects of her life. Marta leaves behind her children - Mark and Laura Gordon of Hillsborough CA., Jeff and Lisa Gordon of Battleground WA., Mike and Loren Gordon of Palo Alto, CA; and her grandchildren Erik, Jack and Kendall, Tyler and Paige and Nicholas and Anna. We give thanks for the time we shared with Marta. She will be greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, January 21 at the El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marta's name can be made to El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels or The Assistance League of Santa Barbara.
o_Long012017 LONG, Bruce •Leslie Bruce Long (known to his friends as Bruce) died peacefully on January 6th, 2017. Bruce was 87 years old. •Bruce was born in Louisville Kentucky, where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville. In 1952, Bruce married his high school sweetheart, Mary Louise, and they raised three children: Ellen, Bruce Jr. and Holli. Bruce's adventurous spirit was shared with his children. Together, they learned to ski, sail, camp and hike. He also loved to sing. He had a song for every occasion and this passion for music has passed to three generations of musicians. Bruce began his career at Bendix Corporation in Baltimore in radar design. He traveled worldwide with Raytheon, Sanders, ITT and Emerson Electric holding a variety of positions including Director of Research and Director of Engineering. Bruce loved his work and was forever fascinated with mechanical engineering of all kinds. As a teenager he built his own ham radio, which took up almost half of his bedroom. He enjoyed tinkering with watches, cars, boats, bicycles, (in later years, computers) and just about anything that had moving parts. He was often the 'Go to Guy' for friends and family who needed things fixed. For his 50th birthday, his wife Mary gave him an introductory flying lesson. Enamored with the challenge, he started studying for a pilot's license, bought a small Cessna plane, earned his instrument rating and encouraged Mary to fly as well. He and Mary had many adventures with family and friends in that little Cessna. After a long and successful career on the east coast, Bruce was transferred to California where he later retired and made his home. Bruce and Mary loved Santa Barbara, and both became very active in a number of organizations including the Master Board of Shadow Hills and Cosmopolitan Club. Bruce also enjoyed tennis, bridge, singing in a barbershop quartet, organizing social events and telling jokes. Like songs, he will always be remembered for having a joke for every occasion. Mary, his beloved wife of 54 years, passed away in 2005. Bruce then married Jennifer Scott Long, and she blessed him with a second family. They were married for eleven years until his death. Bruce liked nothing better than family outings, and spent his last years enjoying parties and gatherings where he would often burst into unprovoked, spontaneous song. Bruce's family will always remember how much he loved all children. He worked as a mentor for many local youths, and his calm demeanor, easy laugh and infinite patience made him a source of strength and stability and a wonderful teacher. Bruce is survived by his wife Jennifer and her family, his own three children, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A service to celebrate Bruce's life will be held at All Saints By-The-Sea at 11:00 am on January 28, 2017 . In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be given to Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care at: VNHC Foundation 509 East Montecito Street, Suite 200 Santa Barbara, CA 93103 or