July 11,1926 ~ Dec. 5, 2017
We said our last goodbye to our dear mother, grandmother, sister and aunt on December 5, 2017. Mom was surrounded by her loved ones and we pray it made her departure easier.
Mom was born in Laramie, Wyo. on July 11, 1926. She was one of 12 children born to Jose Benancio and Francisqueta Ruybal Candelaria. Mom learned that life is tough after losing her parents and a brother within a year and months of each other. That is difficult for anyone, let alone a child. After leaving the orphanage she was sent to, she took on responsibilities for some of her younger siblings who were released to her. She had 10 children and we all learned from her nothing in life is free; it takes hard work. Some of us may have thought she was hard on us, but we all agree that helped make us the adults we became, just as mom’s hardships taught her. Mom’s first language was Spanish, but she did not teach any of her children her language because of the discrimination she and her siblings suffered as children. Mom retired from LDS Hospital and lived with her daughter Evie for 15 years after the death of her husband, Manuel Lobato. The last 10 years, she lived with her daughter Patricia.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers, three sisters, and her husband.
She is survived by one sister Stella Candelaria; her children Dennis (Kristie), Georgia, Anthony (Darlene), Tom, Johnny, Lennie (Carmen, deceased), Ernie, Jose, Patricia (Steve, deceased) and Evie (Ray). She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Mom had many friends; however, she outlived most of them.
We want to recognize the unconditional love and care that was given to our mother by her daughters Evie and Patti, who gave up some much of their lives to care for our mother. We were able to keep our mother longer in our lives because of the strong partnership between our sisters and Dr. Margaret Lunt and Shannon. We so very much appreciated the attention, respect and wonderful treatment of our mother and our family by Inspirational Home Health Hospice. (Steve S., Chris, Cheryl, G.G. and Steve).
A funeral Mass was celebrated December 9, 2017 at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Salt Lake City.