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Rachel (Tafolla) Juarez
Manteca/Lathrop resident
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Rachel (Tafolla) Juarez, 65, entered into rest on Sunday, February 14, in Manteca. She was born on April 14, 1944 in Santa Ana, California, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Pedro and Lupe Tafolla. She joins her parents in heaven as well as her brothers John Taffola and Danny Taffola. She was a Manteca / Lathrop resident for over 57 years.

Mrs. Juarez is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years Roy Juarez of Manteca. Her loving children are Paulette Petrovic of Willits, Roy Juarez of Lathrop, and Efren Juarez of Manteca. She was blessed by 7 grandchildren; Andrew, Alex, Nadia, Diego, Ella, John Riley, and Liliana. She was an amazing sister to 5 siblings; Pita Pacheco of Manteca, Lola Marquez of Stockton, Phyllis Aguilar of Stockton, Ramona Murillo of Lathrop and Jack Tafolla of Lathrop.

Rachel was a member of the Church of Christ of Ripon. She previously was a member of the Church of Christ in Lathrop and Manteca where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a volunteer mother for Mary Graham Hall where she would go weekly to nurture all the babies without parents. Rachel enjoyed her calling, sending out special correspondence letters to church members and other families in her community with messages of encouragement and hope. Rachel was a very caring lady; she spent many years caring for her ailing mother and father who both passed away within 18 months of each other in 2005 and 2007. She loved tending to her flowers and enjoyed gardening as she shared her home-grown vegetables with neighbors and family members. Rachel loved her grandbabies as she would always brag about them in a proud grandmotherly way. Rachel always cared for her family as she made everyone feel as if they were wanted and welcome with loving arms. Rachel will be remembered for her selfless attitude towards others, her smile that lit up the room and for her beautiful soul.

Mrs. Juarez’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 18, at 3 to 7 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m., both held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road, Manteca. A celebration of life service will be held the following day on February 19, at 11 a.m. also held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest at East Union Cemetery.

An online guest book is available for special messages and words of condolences at
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2010