GLO­RIA M. PIEDRAFITA

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Glo­ria Piedrafita passed away Oc­to­ber 27, 2018 at the age of 86.

She was born March 4, 1932 to Ben and Ida Tabar in Los An­ge­les. Dur­ing her child­hood she also lived in Ox­nard and Crows Land­ing. She grad­u­ated at the top of her class from Ores­timba High School in New­man. She was a stu­dent at Sa­cred Heart Col­lege for Women in San Fran­cisco and at Mount Saint Mary’s Col­lege in Los An­ge­les, where she stud­ied nurs­ing.

Prior to com­plet­ing her col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, she mar­ried Ralph Piedrafita in 1952. When Ralph fin­ished his time in the Air Force in 1954 they moved to the Piedrafita fam­ily dairy farm in Chowchilla. There she raised her chil­dren and en­joyed the friend­ship of her won­der­ful Dairy­land neigh­bors.

She worked at sev­eral jobs through the years and was a co-owner of Ms. Kringle’s gift shop with her dear friend Bon­nie Hansen. Af­ter Ralph’s pass­ing in 2001 she moved to Fresno where she resided for the re­main­der of her life. She was a res­i­dent of Chowchilla for more than 50 years.

She was a kind and gen­er­ous per­son who en­joyed her fam­ily and friends, coun­try mu­sic, trav­el­ing, paint­ing, watch­ing base­ball, and choco­late. She loved fol­low­ing her Face­book friends and keep­ing up with cur­rent events on the In­ter­net.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren Deb­bie Piedrafita, Di­ane Buff­in­g­ton, Donna Piedrafita, and Den­nis Piedrafita; her sis­ter and brother-in-law Anita and Tony Teix­eira; her brother and sis­ter-in law Dan and Deb­o­rah Tabar; and beloved aunts, nieces, neph­ews, and cousins

A rosary will be held Mon­day, Novem­ber 5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columba Catholic Church, 213 Or­ange Ave., Chowchilla, with Mass to fol­low at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will fol­low in the Church hall.

In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider a con­tri­bu­tion to Ron­ald McDon­ald House Cen­tral Val­ley or the char­ity of your choice. www.cvo­bit­u­ar­ies.com

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