Celia “Sally” Camacho, 82, went to be with the Lord on December 11, 2018. She passed away peacefully and warm in her home of Hercules, California. She is survived by her beloved husband of over 61 years, Miguel A. Camacho. She leaves behind two daughters, Lydia “DeeDee” Alvarez and Selina Martin, along with her loving sons-in-law, John Alvarez and Greg Martin. Her legacy consists of her four precious grandchildren, Daniel Alvarez, Justin Martin, Adam Alvarez and Erica Daly (Martin) along with their spouses, Kerry Alvarez, Krystin Martin, Sarah Alvarez and Christopher Daly. Also, two great-grandchildren, Adrian Alvarez and Victoria Tricamo, one remaining sibling, several nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and many loving friends.
She was born on July 5, 1936, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Francisco and Francisca Melendez and she was the fourth of five children. The family moved to Riverside after she completed high school and later settled in Oakland, California. It was there that she met the love of her life, Miguel, and two Puerto Rican families were intertwined. She wrote daily love letters while Miguel served in Korea for 16 months from 1955-1957. They married on October 12, 1957. She nourished people around her with love, faith, spicy salsa, crocheted blankets and slippers, aka “chanclas.” She began her marriage with Miguel as a stay-at-home wife and mother. She entered the workforce at the West Contra Costa County School District at Belding Elementary School and Employee Development. She later worked at Chevron where she impacted people’s lives with her spunk and wonderful smile before retiring. While working, she went to school to obtain an A.A. degree in Business Management at Contra Costa College. She loved to salsa dance with her husband, collect shoes, sew, crochet, and spoil her family whenever she could. After her stroke in 1999, she could still communicate through her warm hugs and loving eyes which touched so many people’s hearts. While she was somewhat limited from her physical abilities, she was mentally and emotionally capable to carry on the passions of her life.
Please join her celebration of life at Chapel of the Mission Bells – Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary, 13644 San Pablo Avenue, San Pablo, CA at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2018 with nourishment and fellowship directly afterwards.