ANITA LUEVANO HERNANDEZ
Anita Luevano Hernandez, loving mother, grandmother, and aunt, was born on September 25, 1930 in the small town of Attica, Kansas to Rita Garza and Severiano Luevano. Her mother told her that the day before her birth, it had been extremely hot, but the day she was born, it was snowing. Her father worked for Santa Fe Railway and the family moved to wherever Santa Fe sent them. She grew up in the small Kansas towns of Harper and Wellington.
Anita remembers her life in Kansas as being happy. She did well in school in all her subjects, but she especially liked typing and shorthand. She decided she wanted to be a secretary and was planning to go to secretarial school 30 miles away in Wichita, Kansas after graduating from Wellington Junior/Senior High School. However, when her parents gave her the choice of staying in Kansas or moving to Santa Ana, California to be near her siblings, who had already relocated there, she chose California. She never regretted her decision, especially when hearing about the terrible winter weather conditions in Kansas on the news. She felt blessed that she lived in a place with such beautiful weather.
After moving to California, Anita got a job at a local record shop that would sponsor dances. At one of these events, she met Charles Hernandez, who became her husband on November 26, 1950. They had a house built shortly after they married, and moved in a few weeks before their first wedding anniversary. There, they raised their three sons, Steve, Paul, and Robert. Anita loved this house because all of her immediate family members worked on it in some way, and she lived there her for 68 years until her passing.
The fates were not done with Anita’s secretarial dream, and through unexpected events, she became a school secretary at Fremont Elementary in Santa Ana where she worked for 25 years until her retirement.
For Anita, family always came first and she lovingly cared for her husband and sons, as well as her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Her caring presence will be forever missed by those who knew her
Anita is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles, her son, Robert, and her brother, Ralph, and sister Elena.
She is survived by her sons, Steven and Paul, and her 4 grandchildren, David, Gabriella, Jessa, and Joshua.
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