City remembers Hernandez as a `giver’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOver the past 30 years, Hernandez had been heavily involved in the local Woman’s Club, serving as a former president, the Red Hat Society, the Community Playhouse and numerous public committees. She and her husband, Manuel, also played the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on the city’s annual Christmas float. The couple, who moved to Santa Fe Springs in 1956, were named Citizens of the Year in 1991. At her funeral services, speakers described Hernandez as relentless when it came to helping or getting others involved. “She didn’t have `no’ in her vocabulary,” said Councilwoman Betty Putnam, a longtime friend. “It was always work, work, work and help, help, help. She was never too busy as a community servant, but she never neglected her family.” Hernandez also had her hand in local politics, spearheading several of Councilman Ron Kernes’ election campaigns. “Maggie was everywhere,” Kernes said. “Anything you needed, she was there. She didn’t even ask questions, just, `What time should I be there?”‘ Even in her last days, Hernandez remained active in the community and with her family, relatives and friends said. And when it came to battling cancer, Hernandez stayed positive about her disease, friends said. “She told me about her illness and she was OK with things,” said Helen Soto, who had known Hernandez since grade school. “She was a fighter, a go-getter.” Hernandez was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband, five children, two daughters-in-law, eight grand- children and four great- grandchildren. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – City officials joined nearly 300 others Thursday in paying tribute to a woman they called a “giver.”The life of Maggie Hernandez, a longtime resident and Santa Fe Springs community advocate, was honored during a funeral service at Calvary Chapel Montebello. Hernandez died Saturday after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was 71. “She lived her life for her family, her friends and her church – but most of all her community,” Kathy Hernandez said of her mother. “There was no stopping her.” last_img

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