Former Turlock resident and beloved aunt and sister, Mining Amador Vallance, died on August 8, 2021 at the age of 75. She was the 2nd of 6 children of Ben Amador and Sergia Lejano Amador. Mining was always happy and full of life, was a good friend, the most fun and generous aunt to her nieces and nephew, and always a joy to be with.
Mining studied pre-nursing at the University of Santo Tomas then transferred to Quezon Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She earned her BSN degree from Marian College in Manila.
She immigrated to the U.S. in 1980 to finally join her parents and siblings in California, where she called Pacifica home for several decades. Mining then earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the Dominican University in San Rafael, and lived in Santa Rosa for many years before she relocated to Turlock, CA. Mining took much pride in her work as a nurse - she worked at Kaiser Permanente for many years, then landed a job as a Public Health Nurse for the State of California where she also retired as a Health Facilities Evaluator.
Mining was very involved and well-loved in her gym community at In-Shape Turlock and her church community at All Saints University Parish. She also had a spirit for adventure and loved swimming and scuba diving, which she enjoyed often on many trips with her late husband, Bill. She was a dog lover, and was a fitness enthusiast throughout her whole life - even as recently as leading fitness classes to her fellow residents at Trinity Valley Care. She had a passion for travel, enjoyed driving to new places, and even enjoyed a solo cross country road trip in 2015.
Mining’s legacy will live on through her four siblings, Amando/Aida, Dino/Carmen, Adele/Manny, Cristy/Rey, and her nephew and 9 nieces (Archie, Rapunzel, Rosini, Arlene, Janice, Aileen, Melanie, Roxanne, Cheryl and Rachel) whom she truly loved and cared for like her own. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Bill Vallance, her parents, and her youngest brother, Berry/Totoy.
Vigil services are scheduled with Duggan’s Serra Mortuary on Sunday August 22 from 3:30pm to 7pm, and funeral services are scheduled with Holy Angels Church on Monday August 23 at 10am. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, CA.