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Delfena L. Silva
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Delfena L. Silva, 95, a 51-year resident of Escalon, passed away Monday, June 15, in Manteca.

She was born in Alvarado on Oct. 4, 1913. She leaves behind her 4 children, Geri Garcia of Modesto, Norman Silva & wife, Toni of Escalon, Vernon Silva & wife Linda of Arnold, and Antonette Pearson & husband Merle of Willows; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 2 sisters, Vivian Cardoza and Audrey Woodard.  

In 1958, Delfena and her husband Jesse purchased a dairy farm where together they worked side by side until his untimely death in 1961. After 27 years of marriage, she was left without her devoted companion. With the help of their children she was now forced to operate the farm on her own. The dairy became her pride and joy. She gave it her all and never settled for anything less than the best. Long days filled with determination and hard work became her everyday way of life until her retirement in the late 1970s.   

Delfena treasured her family dearly. She and her 8 sisters were tremendously close. They shared a wonderful bond talking daily on the phone to one another, monthly birthday luncheons, vacationing and traveling together. Never once leaving a sister behind; if one of them wasn’t able to go then none of them would go. She was very proud of her Portuguese heritage, a member of the U.P.E.C. and Native Daughters of the Golden West, both of Manteca. She had an amazing green thumb and loved caring for her flowers; her roses were always breathtakingly beautiful. Mrs. Silva will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Road, Manteca,, on Thursday, June 18, from 2 to 7 p.m., followed immediately by a Vigil. A Mass will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 525 E. North St., Manteca, on Friday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. Comittal will follow at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Modesto. P.L. Fry is handling all funeral arrangements; an online guest book is available for condolences at  
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, June 17, 2009