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Manuela Montijo, known as Nellie, was born on January 25, 1921 in Rillito, AZ as the 6th child of Fransisco Montijo and Clotilde Tovar. She was 92 years old when she passed away in her sleep on February 5, 2013 at her home in La Mirada, CA. Nellie was the last to pass of her 6 siblings: Manuel, Maria, Frank, Richard, Ramona, and Gloria . Nellie loved to tell the stories of her childhood: of going bike riding in the mountains with her sisters, going swimming in the ponds near her home in Coolidge, AZ, and working with her sisters on a farm and with her younger sister, Gloria, at a gas station to earn money to buy their parents their home. She always laughed when she told that, when she was little, she was short and round, and her siblings would call her Koochigordo! She had so many stories to tell.

She married the love of her life, Augustine Hernandez, on February 26, 1944 in Florence, AZ, and eventually settled in California, where they spent most of their years in La Mirada. Together they had 6 children: Ernie (deceased), Dolores, Benny (deceased), Ophelia, Edilia, and Diana. She was loved by 16 Grandchildren, and 19 Great-Grand Children. Gus and Nellie were active members of Beatitudes of our Lord Catholic Church, where Nellie was very involved in the Guadalupanas, she enjoyed her Eucharist Ministery duties, volunteered her time in convalescent homes, and was honored to be a Knight's of Columbus wife. When not dedicating her time at the Church, she loved hanging out at the slot machines, and always loved traveling wherever she could go. She even traveled as far as the Middle East to visit Jerusalem, the Holy Land. Although she loved many things, the most important to her was taking care of her family, and oh boy could she cook!

Nellie will be missed by so many, but those who loved her are grateful that she was given a long and fulfilling life.

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