On April 10th, Emma Leal Fraijo….mother, grandmother, aunt, friend….joined our Heavenly Father and is now resting in peace. And so, at 97 years old, we celebrate her life.
Born in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, Emma grew up and attended school in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. She became an accomplished teacher for a short period, until moving to Tijuana, Mexico. There, she met her future husband.
She came to California in her late 20’s, when she married Charles Fraijo, her husband and father of her six children. She remained grounded here….both geographically and spiritually.
Besides the genuine dedication to her family, Emma’s devotion to her Catholic faith was strong and constant. This is how she also raised her children. Emma and her husband provided their children with some solid years of Catholic school education. Emma taught her children the importance of attending Sunday mass and nightly prayers.
Another beautiful memory is gathering her daughters to pray the rosary while kneeling.
Emma was a stunning and strong woman who had a zest for life. Her kindness knew no bounds. She always saw herself as same as others, which was testament to her humility. She taught her children about dignity, loyalty, and compassion.
Emma was a hard worker. As a homemaker, she worked tirelessly from sunrise to sunset all for the sake of her family. She was an AMAZING cook. Her children looked forward to Christmas…not just for the gifts but for her delicious tamales.
Emma was such an intelligent woman, she was like the “CEO” of her own family….knowing very well how to prudently manage her husband’s income. Her hobbies were many…sewing, knitting, crocheting, and writing poetry. And she was great at everything she worked at. She was also passionate about dancing tangos and cumbias. However, when it came to singing, she was not always “in tune” but she tried.
Emma adored each and every one of her grandchildren. Emma’s home was a haven to one and all. She’d welcome you with a smile and you’d never leave without having a home-cooked meal.
Her purpose in life was not limited just to herself—she was blessed with an awareness of love for others. Throughout her life, and especially in later years, Emma’s life was a quiet one, yet she firmly remained a faithful disciple of the Lord and to our Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus.
Her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends, will deeply miss Emma’s true love, infectious
smile, and hearty kisses. However, they find solace in that she is home at last with our Savior Jesus Christ, and grateful they can celebrate her long-lived life. As grace is the kindness that God shows to people because He loves them, then Emma lived her life in grace.
Emma’s Funeral is at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 25th at Santa Sophia Catholic Church.