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Carmen Escareno


4/27/1927 – 1/23/2013

Carmen V. Escareno, 85, of Carpinteria, died peacefully at her residence on Jan. 23, 2013, with her family at her side. Carmen was born in San Jose, Calif. on April 27, 1927 and lived most of her life in Carpinteria. She attended schools in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Carmen worked as a cosmetologist for close to 65 years. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening, and was, certainly, the rock, the foundation of our family. She possessed a strong personality and was a force to be reckoned with. She enjoyed music, especially “rancheras,” and her favorite song was “Volver, Volver” sung by Vicente Fernandez.

Carmen was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Joseph I. Escareno, the love of her life. She is survived by her children, Joe (Denise) Escareno, Barbara (Tom) Siddle, and Chuck Escareno; 10 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; siblings Nellie Ulloa, Ernie (Suzie) Valenzuela, Alice Pattini and Alex (Lucy) Valenzuela; sister-in-law Jessie Dominguez; and numerous nieces and nephews.

We love you and already we miss you! The family would like to thank Dr. Beamer, Dr. Trautwein, RN Janet Murphy, Gloria (my girl), Marabella, Gem and Barbara for all of the compassionate care of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed in Carmen’s name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, 222 E. Canon Perdido, SB, CA 93101.

The Rosary Service was held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at 7 p.m., and the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m., both at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Interment took place at Carpinteria Cemetery followed by a reception at the Community Church on Vallecito Road.