River Cities Funeral Chapel: View Obituary
Posted on 8/10/2021
|Emma Jimenez Rodriguez passed away at the age of 97 on August 5, 2021 surrounded by loving family members in Sacramento, CA. Emma was born on February 16, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents Mariana Cabrera Jimenez, and Benjamin Jimenez, her husband Manuel Rodriguez, from El Paso Texas, her son Louie Moreno, her siblings Jose, Albert and Henry Jimenez, Dora Jimenez, Lucy Lopez Esquivel and the twins Angelica and Angelo.
Emma had four children, Louie Moreno, Stella Griffith, Linda Vasquez and Maria Chairez. She leaves behind many Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren, and Great Great Great Grandchildren.
Emma grew up in Los Angeles, during the roaring 20’s the Great Depression and she faced many difficult situations which she overcame with her strength in character. She was ahead of her time in her determination of breaking gender roles and stereotypes. Emma always looked at the bright side of things and encouraged her family and community to be optimistic towards life’s challenges.
After the passing of her father, Benjamin Jimenez, the family relocated to Sacramento, where she attended Lincoln School. While in Sacramento, she owned her own business called “El Sarape” Bar, located downtown on first and Capitol Ave. She went on to operate a newspaper stand in South Gate, CA, and eventually joined the Butchers Union as a meat packer. She was a union activist and outspoken for workers rights. She walked the picket for ten years, the longest strike in Los Angeles history fighting for better wages for Meat Packers and supporting the
She will be remembered for her strong drive, will power, good looks and confidence. She loved playing the game “Last Tag”, where she would tag the person leaving and run away saying “last tag”, always with good humor and a smile. She kept everyone laughing with imitations of Laurel and Hardy and other TV characters popular during her time. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved life. She loved country music, Mexican food, getting decked in her stylish dresses, hairdos and make-up. Emma modeled a strong work ethic, being the last living matriarch of the Jimenez children and will be greatly missed.Viewing to be held at River Cities Funeral Chapel on Friday, August 13, from 1 -5 pm. Funeral service to be held Saturday, August 14, at 10 am at River Cities Funeral Chapel. Interment at East Lawn Sierra Hills|
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