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Ana Medrano Ayala

Thousand Oaks, CA

Ana Medrano Ayala, was born in Guatemala on March 23, 1924 and died on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018.

Mami Ana was a wonderful person, she loved and lived for her two daughters. She was the first girl in her family to work out of the home. Though she did not make a lot of money, she was able to manage what she had so her daughters could get a good education. She sent us both to Catholic Schools. She had an amazing faith, and she passed that faith onto us. It was that faith that helped her when she was ill. She always saw the good in people, she was loving and kind, strict and made us, her daughters two strong women.

She was a very caring individual, when we were children, she would take us out to the country on Sundays, but she did not just take her daughters out, she would take nieces and nephews on those trips. She is well remembered by all as a very warm and loving aunt who was there whenever they needed love, guidance or help.

She was a great singer, as a young woman she and her two brothers recorded an album that won a golden record award in Guatemala, Salva played the music, Chepe wrote the lyrics and Mami Ana would sing the song, she kept the song in her head as they wrote it and sang it, before it was recorded.

She loved music, her dad used to call her his canary as she would always be singing or whistling a song, while washing the dishes, cloths or cleaning. She loved to dance and did so every chance she got. She loved gardening and her home was always full of flowers

God and her family were the most important things in her life as you can see in the pictures of how much she enjoyed spending time with all the family.

We Betty and Argelia feel very blessed having had such a mother, who showed us to be caring, loving and have great faith for God.  Mami Ana always would help those in need. As family members came to America, she would invite them to stay with her until they could adjust and have their own place. Never asked for anything in return.  She made those around her feel like they were very special and always showed her love and support. People would say, the moment they entered her house, they felt at home.

She learned to drive in her late 50s and with her new skill she visited the elderly and took them to lunch or drove them around to take them to places they needed to go. One of those people had a massive stroke, his family came to Mami Ana and asked her if she would take him to her house and care for him, she said yes, I who am a nurse said no, it will be too much for you. She said no, he never wanted to go to a convalescent home. I will care for him, and she did for over a year. He died in peace in her home, very well cared for.

Ana was born the middle child of a family of 9 and is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Pivaral and Argelia Clifford; grandchildren Elizabeth Anchondo, Carlos Gonzalez, and James, Michael and Anna Clifford; and great granddaughters Vanessa, Debbie and Alissa Anchondo, Katie and Brittany Clifford and Carmen Gonzalez.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2 at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 101 E. Wilbur Rd., Thousand Oaks. Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 3 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. Interment will follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills.

Mami Ana we say good bye today, one part of us is sad, but we are happy that you are now with our Lord. You may be gone from this earth, but you will live forever in our hearts.

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