Emma A. Medina

Emma A. Medina

July 24, 1925 - August 12, 2016

Emma A. Medina

July 24, 1925 - August 12, 2016


Emma A. Medina, 91, of Laguna Woods, California passed away August 12, 2016.

One of five daughters, Emma was born July 24, 1925 on Terminal Island, California to Jose Maria and Esperanza Aranda. Emma grew up in San Pedro where she attended Barton Hill Elementary, Richard Henry Dana Jr. High and San Pedro High School.

During WWII at the age of 16, Emma worked in the shipyard and fish cannery to help support her family after the passing of her father. On October 27, 1944 at the age of 19, Emma married her first kiss, James Aranda Soto, a merchant seaman. She then devoted herself to being a full time homemaker and mother to her five children; always involved in activities like the PTA and little league baseball.

One of her favorite hobbies was baking. Emma had a sweet tooth and loved to bake her famous pineapple upside down cake for special occasions. She also loved old movies – anything starring Tyrone Power – and traveling. In her younger years she filled her passport with stamps from Mexico and many South American Countries like Chile, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. In recent years Emma could be found enjoying herself at many of the popular casinos in Southern California. Emma spent many years residing in Long Beach and later Laguna Woods, California.

Most notably, Emma was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Angelica, Ophelia, Josefina and Eleanor, her husband Vincent Medina and son David Soto. She is survived by her children, James (Lorraine), Bill, Laura (Jerry) Martinez, Sandra (Ron) Pamula, grandchildren Joe Soto (Erica), Michael Soto (Cristina), Andrea (Preston) Fry, Randi Birk, and great-grandchildren Zachary, Cryssa, Sydney, Delaney, Ryan and Colton.

A Memorial Service for Emma Medina will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at O’Connor Mortuary 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills. A celebration of life reception will be held following the service at El Torito in Laguna Hills.

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19 responses to Emma A. Medina

  1. Laura Martinez says:

    I miss you so much Mom. Colton misses his Gigi. I love you.♥️🙏🏼

  2. Colton Fry says:

    Gigi, It’s been rough since you passed away but I don’t know what to do. I miss how you would give me hugs and someday I will see you in Heaven. Happy 4th of July. I love you.

    Love, your great-grandson Colton

  3. Laura Martinez says:

    Mom, deep in my heart, you still have a spot. We may have cut short our time together, but I want you to know that I always love you. Have a beautiful birthday party in heaven up there. Your daughter ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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