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Emily A. Ventura

Apr. 12, 1926 – Oct. 12, 2013

Emily A. Ventura


POSTED October 15, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Emily was born April 12, 1926 in Newman, California. She graduated from Orestimba High School, where she was known as “breezy” & was a fierce field hockey player.
She began working as a teller at Bank of America and eventually became a branch manager. She worked in the banking industry for over 40 years meeting the business needs of her customers. In addition she would help them with personal issues from interpreting into Portuguese to finding medical care.
After retirement, some of her happiest times were selling melons in the fruit markets from Modesto to San Jose, with her sisters Mary and Irma. Emily was an avid gardener offering tips and advice to many and she had the ability to bring a dying plant back to life.
She enjoyed bowling, cooking and baking. Apple pie was one of her specialties. She loved life and enjoyed everything from reading and RVing to opera.  She was a member of the Altar Society for Our Lady of Miracles Church. Her greatest joy was her granddaughters. She rarely missed a volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, gymnastics, dance or school event.
She loved the hummingbirds that would come to her feeders and her doves that cooed to her daily. She is survived by her son, Larry Machado, daughter, Maryann Lucas (Buster), grandchildren Ashley Alvernaz (Colt) and Alli Lucas, Sister, Irma Mattos and brother, Joe Morais. Step children, Anthony Ventura (Kathy), Diane Rocha (Tony), Linda Tupper (Mike), Sharon McKenzie (Rod), 7 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her son, Daniel Machado, husbands Lawrence Machado, Keith Leigh and Manuel Ventura. Her brothers Tony, Albert and Sarafin, and sisters Mary and Elexon. Special thanks to her caregivers Michelle Sallows, Virginia Coelho and Olivia Brasil.
Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7:00PM on Thursday, Oct. 17th at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd. in Turlock.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30AM on Friday, October 18, at Our Lady of Miracles, 370 Linden Ave.,Gustine.  Burial will follow at Turlock Memorial Park. 
In Lieu of Flowers please send contributions to Our Lady of Miracles Education Center, 370 Linden Ave., Gustine, CA 95322 or your favorite charity.

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