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Marie Azevedo
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Marie Alda Azevedo, 94, passed away suddenly but peacefully on Monday, June 29 at her ranch home in Escalon.

She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Azevedo was a life-long resident of this area. She was born on Aug. 12, 1914 in Newman, California to her Portuguese immigrant parents, Joe and Maria Ornells. Her parents moved to Manteca and Ripon where she attended local schools. In June, 1941, she married Arthur V. Azevedo, at St. Anthony's Church in Manteca, and lived on the family ranch on Allen Road in Escalon for more than 68 years until her passing.

She was active in the Portuguese Community in Ripon and served as the Queen in 1934 of the Ripon FESM celebration. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church. She hosted with her husband, Arthur, a Celebration on Trinity Sunday for many years and Novena to honor the Blessed Trinity. It was attended by hundreds of friends, and was an example of her hard work and devotion to her faith.

Her greatest gift was unconditional love for her family, and her devoted hard work ethic. Her greatest memory to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was her joy, positive commitment to life, and her smile and personal warmth and kindness.

Gardening, baking, and cooking traditional Portuguese meals were her special skills. The warmth of her Holiday dinners and gatherings were a joy and will always be remembered by her family and friends.

Survivors include her sons, Arthur Azevedo, Jr. and his wife Susan of Modesto, and David Azevedo and his wife Elaine of Modesto; her younger sister Madeline Ornells of Ripon and her younger brother Louis Ornells of Modesto. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Michael Azevedo, Julie Sousa, Ross Trent, Jill Mautino and Vanessa Miller, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death on Sept. 16, 1994 by her husband Arthur. She was also preceded in death by devoted parents, Joe and Maria Ornells, and loving sisters Margaret Ornells, Pauline Vieira, Lenore Jacques, and her brother Joe Ornells, Jr.

Visitation was Monday, July 6 at Deegan Funeral Chapel. Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial were Tuesday, July 7 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial services were at St. John's Catholic Cemetery next to the Church where she will be at rest with her husband and other family members.

Arrangements by Deegan Chapel in Escalon with an online register book available at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

July 8, 2009