Catherine Juarez was born in Toledo, Ohio, on November 25, 1942, to Stanley and Rita Avalos. She passed away on August 18, 2014, into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father, surrounded by her beloved family.
Catherine was married to Paul Juarez for over 48 years. She is survived by her children Gabriel Juarez (wife Lindi), Rebecca Ramos (husband Ricardo), and Elizabeth Cross (husband Stephen); stepchildren Virginia Carrizal (husband Raymond) and Patricia Gonzales (husband Daniel); grandchildren Amanda Saenz (husband Dustin), Candise Juarez, Casandra Waldrop (husband Josh), Christina Ramos, Ricardo Ramos, Jr., Matthew Ramos (girlfriend Elizabeth Jones), Julianne Cross, Zachary Cross, Chrystal Limon (husband David), Christopher Carrizal (wife Stephanie), Danielle Gonzales, Anna Teagle (husband Christopher), Lorenzo Gonzales; great grandchildren Kingslei Saenz, Vincent Saenz, Noah Ramos, Isaiah Limon, Ilijah Limon, Ezekiel Limon, Chloe Carrizal, Lola Carrizal, Christian Teagle, and Zoe Teagle. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, and her grandson Reece Gonzales.
Catherine was the oldest of 15 children. She moved to Texas in 1970, settling in the Houston area. She loved to say that her life was devoted to working for numerous doctors, both in Ohio and in Houston. She was considered the “family nurse,” always ministering to the health needs of her loved ones.
Sunshine, as she was known by her grandchildren, was so dearly loved by all her family. She was known for her benevolence, her kind and generous nature, her selfless giving of her time, and her always smiling face and sweet voice. Everyone who knew her was drawn to her unconditional love, and every person has their story of Sunshine’s compassion and kindheartedness. She truly had a big heart of gold, and she is now walking the streets of gold.
One of the last things she said repeatedly was, “You can’t love my kids as much as I love my kids! My grandkids are my kids!” She lived for her loved ones and died peacefully in her faith.
The memorial service celebrating Catherine’s life will be held at 6:00pm, Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Niday- Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.