Pauline Beltran Rodriguez, 99, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, August 7th.
Pauline was born January 14, 1920 in the Delhi neighborhood of Santa Ana, California to Adolfo and Refugia Beltran.
As a young child, she lived with her parents and brother, Adolfo Jr, in Newport Beach in the railroad worker’s housing where she almost drowned but was saved at the last minute. [Thank goodness!] After returning to Santa Ana, she attended segregated public schools until her teen years. Following her mother’s untimely death when Pauline was 16, she became the home maker for her family home.
Pauline met Miguel V. Rodriguez at local community dances, they fell in love and eloped. She said she got pregnant right away with her first son, Jesus, who sadly died as an infant. She went on to have six more children: 3 boys (Miguel, Nicolas, Daniel) and 3 girls (Dolores, Ophelia, and Evelyn).
For many years, Pauline worked at the Case and Swayne cannery in Santa Ana where she advanced from the processing line to the quality control lab. She enjoyed working, cooking for their many potlucks and fostering her many lifelong friendships with fellow employees.
In her spare time, Pauline loved music, dancing, crocheting, cooking, gardening, Vegas trips and hosting family events, especially during the holidays. She was also a self-made DIY person – sewing, fixing, and mending any item that needed it and always kept her house neat and tidy. Additionally, Pauline advocated good health care and grooming and was a great role model by always dressing nicely, doing her hair and make-up, and a single glass of red wine daily.
Pauline was also a very devout Catholic who prayed the rosary multiple times a day to pray for everyone in the family, adored her favorite saints, offered blessings to all along with “Que Dios te bendiga”.
She is survived by her son Miguel, and daughters Dolores (Sanchez), Ophelia (Martinez), and Evelyn (Flores); 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many God children.
Flowers are welcome, as she loved them. However, donations may alternatively be made to the American Heart Association https://www.heart.org in her name.
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