Aurelia Constantine Nunnery
Aurelia Constantine Nunnery passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 26th, 2023. She had reached the milestone age of 100 years recently and battled courageously during the last months of her life before she was rewarded her angel wings to be with her Lord and Savior.
Little Aurelia C. Robledo was born on November 2nd, 1923 at Women’s Hospital in Pasadena, California to parents Felipe and Soledad Robledo. She was number 9 in sibling birth order with 8 older brothers. She was later to be joined in the family by her sister, Alicia, and brother Francisco. She grew up in Pasadena during the Great Depression, attended all grades kindergarten through secondary levels, and graduated from Muir High School in June, 1941. She was an excellent student and loved school and books.
Aurelia was married to Ernie Jimenez Sr. on November 22nd, 1941, approximately 3 weeks after her 19thbirthday and weeks before Ernie Sr. was deployed to the South Pacific theater with the Navy Seabees. When Ernie Sr. returned to Pasadena following his military service, they began their life in the civilian world. Ernie was unfortunately involved in a fatal auto accident in 1947 and Aurelia was left with a young child, Ernie Jr., to raise. She was 24 years old. Aurelia went on to meet and marry James Nunnery Sr. from St. Louis in the late forties and had 2 children, James Jr. and Suzi.
Artie, as she was known to everyone, began her newly married life with Jim Nunnery which involved moving and living in many places very foreign to her since she had never traveled outside California her entire life. She relocated from Pasadena and lived in St. Louis, Missouri, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Reno, Nevada over a period of several years. Even though there were a lot of moves and uncertainties during these times she met all her challenges with a daunting spirit and brave outlook. She touched many people in her life and always fought the tears with courage and grace.
Artie and Jim Nunnery Sr. were later divorced and she eventually moved from Pasadena to Mission Viejo where she made her home for over 45 years. She worked for the Endevco Co. as a Human Resources Administrator and later worked at Rancho Mission Viejo.
Artie had many nephews and nieces and was known to all of them as tia Artie. Everyone loved her and her happy spirit and always called her on the phone or visited her over the years in Mission Viejo. She loved greeting cards and letters. She always stayed in close contact with all her brothers and her dear sister, Alice, whom she loved very much. She loved the L.A. Lakers, especially Kobe Bryant, and rooted for the Anaheim Angels. She had several dear friends, but the two she was clearly very close with were Corine and Millie. They always enjoyed being together and loved to laugh. Artie was also accomplished in crocheting and had special friends who would meet together regularly and work on various crocheting projects. She loved her little dogs and her cats which gave her so much joy and happiness. She also dearly loved the beach and was always at peace when she was near the ocean. Artie also loved to travel from time to time and visited New York, Hawaii, Yosemite, Big Bear, and Lake Arrowhead. She also loved to get on the tour bus and visit Las Vegas with her friends! Artie was a devout Catholic her entire life and always followed her religious beliefs as a guiding light. She was a strong believer in the power of prayer and always had her Bible or Rosary beads near her side.
The world has lost yet another member of the Greatest Generation. Artie was also the last living member of the original Robledo family; she will truly be missed but never forgotten by anyone who ever knew her or came in contact with her in her lifetime.
Artie lived at the New Home Senior Center in Laguna Hills with 4 other residents the last years of her life. They gave her excellent care, cooked all her meals, and made sure she was always warm, comfortable and all needs met. She was very happy there and enjoyed all the residents.
Survivors include her 3 children, Ernie Jimenez Jr., Jim Nunnery Jr., and Suzi Nunnery-Cook; 10 grandchildren (1 deceased) and 6 great grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 27th at St. Kilian’s Catholic Church, 26872 Estanciero Dr. Mission Viejo, CA 92691, 1:00 PM, with a Reception immediately following the mass in the church Banquet Hall.
Please visit the following website for further information and comments: oconnormortuary.com
- Date & Time: January 27, 2024 (2:00 PM)
- Venue: St. Kilian Catholic Church - Hughes Hall
- Location: 26872 Estanciero Drive Mission Viejo, CA 92691 - (Get Directions)