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Angelina Acuna Valencia
December 28, 1935 ~ October 3, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Went to be with the Lord on October 3, 2023 at the age of 87. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in North Highlands, CA due to cancer.
Angie was born on December 28, 1935, the fourth of seven children, in Sacramento, CA, as the daughter of Raymond H. Acuna of Benson, Arizona and Angela Trujillo of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a widow to her husband of 65 years, Ralph G. Valencia Sr., in December of 2020.
Angie graduated from Grant Union High School in Sacramento in 1954, and worked various jobs before meeting the love of her life, Ralph G. Valencia. They married on July 9, 1955 in Reno, Nevada and were blessed with six children; Ralph Jr, Henrietta (Choplin), Yvonne (Gonzalez), Delia (Ramos), Ernest “Ray”, and Rosalie. Angie spent time raising her six children at home until school age. Thereafter, she went to work in the Reprographics section of the print shop at McClellan AFB for 17 years. She loved her job which assisted in the support of the family, and where she made lifelong friends.
As a mother, she always made time for each of her children for school functions, music concerts, sports, vacations and the many holiday gatherings throughout the years. Her 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren will always remember her homemade tortillas with melted butter, turkey tacos, jello cakes and her loving smile. She was a patient listener with timeless advice, wisdom and always had a good story about her life experiences… her focus was on you!
While going through her things, we found a prayer she penned from the 17th Century “Old Nun’s Prayer,” which sums up nicely how she lived her life and from which we can all learn from, and it goes like this:
LORD, you know I am growing older. Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject! Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs. Keep me from the recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains. They are increasing with the years, and my love to speak of them grows as time goes by. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong. Make me thoughtful but not nosey, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all. But you know, Lord, that I want a few friends in the end. The life worthwhile is the life that serves others and takes joy in that service. There are many ways of service, a smile, a helping hand, an understanding heart, an act of kindness to name a few. The world is full of these and other opportunities every day. May you help me find them!
Angie was preceded in death by her brothers Raymond and David Acuna, her oldest sister Georgina, and her daughter, Yvonne Gonzalez. She is survived by her loving sisters Socorro “Corey” Musgrove, Victoria “Vicky” Estrada, and her brother Fidel “Kangie” Acuna along with many other family members too many to mention! In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the American Cancer Society. https://donate.cancer.org
A Very Special Thanks to the staff at the Kaiser Permanente Hospice Center and The North Sacramento Funeral home for helping our mother in find peace in her final resting place!