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Evangeline (Eva) Macias 

Passed away at her home in Lake William on May 2, 2012, with her loving family by her side. Eva was born to Pedro and Mercedes Torres on Jan. 12, 1917. She was the second child born out of fourteen children and lived in El Paso, Texas, until she came to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1941.

Eva was an accomplished pianist and a master seamstress. She and her band performed all over El Paso and had a weekly radio program. She played classical, honky tonk and jazz music. In California she was a single-divorced mother of four and a seamstress for many clients, some being film stars and dancers. She retired after 27 years as a manager at Paradise Plastics Company. She studied classical music at the Los Angeles Institute of Music and taught piano for the Los Angeles School District plus her own private students. Eva lived in Big Bear for 15 years, 10 of those at the Mountain Meadows Senior Citizen apartments.

She was preceded in death by her son, Alfred Macias. She is survived by her daughters, Norma Jean (Gus) Ruiz of Lake William; Arlene (Ignacio) Gonzalez of Simi Valley/Lake William and her son Richard (Christina) Macias of Rancho Cucamonga. Among her eleven grandchildren is Ann-Marie Ruiz of Lake William and among her 12 great- grandchildren are Nina Ruiz of Simi Valley (formerly of Big Bear City) and Margaret-Ann Estrella also from Lake William.

Services will be held May 18, 2012, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 42242 North Shore Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Rosary will be recited at 11:30 a.m. and Mass at noon with a reception following in the church hall. Her ashes will be put to rest at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley and will be private.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:30 am 

Submitted by: Peggy Hooper