Juana Rodriguez Tristan Flores, 1926–2020

Juana Rodriguez Tristan Flores

Juana (Rodriguez Tristan) Flores of Seville, Calif. passed away on April 26. The wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother was 93 years old. 

She was born to Pedro Rodriguez and Candelaria Tristan in 1926 in Mexico. She began working outside the home at the age of 10 to help her parents support the family. This instilled in her a strong work ethic, which among many other things, she instilled in her children. Her adventures were many, but none more challenging than immigrating to the USA to join our father in 1963, leaving her parents and siblings in Mexico.

Once in California, she again worked outside the home to help purchase and establish a home for her family in Seville, where she lived for 57 years. During this time she was primarily a homemaker, but also worked picking cotton, oranges, tomatoes, and raisin grapes. Our mom was known for her mole, tamales, menudo, and tacos at family gatherings, and most of all for her homemade tortillas.

Although she only completed the second grade of elementary school, she was one of the smartest people around. She used to say that she was constantly complemented by friends and family alike for raising, in partnership with our father, such accomplished children. 

She was, and always will be, our inspiration to do the best for ourselves, our respective families, and when we can for our communities.

As a Jehovah’s Witness, she was dedicated to leading life guided by scripture since 1994. She was a member of the Manzanita Ivanhoe Congregation.  

As she embarks in this new journey, she is survived by her children, Carmen Guerrero (Robert), Dora Garcia (Cesar-d), whom she had with her husband Matias Aguilera; and Maria Venegas (Juan), Romualdo Flores (Josie), Isabel Rodriguez (Baldo), Argelia Flores, Reyes Flores (Virginia), Raquel Castro (Leonardo) and Juanita Tamez (Mario), whom she had with her husband Reyes B. Flores. 

Our mother enjoyed being surrounded by her 26 grandchildren, ranging in ages from 20-56 years old; 15 great-grandchildren, ranging from 2 months to 38 years old; and 16 great-great-grandchildren, ranging from newborn to 15 years old. In amazement she would say, “ya son tantos que no caben en mi casa,” which translates in English to “there are so many, they don’t fit in my home.”

She was preceded in death by her second husband Reyes, who died in 1986, and her first husband Matias, who died in 2002; two daughters, Cande and Raquel who died in infancy; her parents, siblings, grandchildren and many relatives.

The Flores Family thanks Dr. Samuel Kuo and his staff for their loving care and Kaweah Delta Hospice for the services provided.

Due to the novel COVID-19 situation our family is having private services and appreciates your kind prayers and remembrances.

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