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Duelinda Espinola
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A celebration of life will be held at Turlock Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 with graveside prayers for Duelinda Oliveira Espinola, 88, of Turlock. She died Sept. 25, 2007 at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born March 4, 1919, Mrs. Espinola was born a twin to Antone and Josephine Oliveira, natives of of Pico, Acores, in Hughson. She was raised with three brothers and her twin sister in a farming family. One of her favorite childhood memories was fishing with her father on the coast. She remembered fondly walking to the old Lowell School. She graduated from Hughson High School.

She met, fell in love and married Manuel J. Espinola in August of 1941. He served in the Pacific campaigns of World War II during the early years of their marriage. Duelinda was widowed in 1977, and never remarried.

She was an avid gardener and spent much of her 88 years outdoors. If the weather was inclement, you could find her in the kitchen making fresh Portuguese donuts and brewing a fresh pot of coffee while plotting her next gardening strategy.

Mrs. Espinola had dozens of friends in the neighborhood, in the bowling league and in the VFW Women's Auxillary, first in Hughson, then Turlock with 58 years of service.

She leaves behind her children, Sharon Cummins of Hayward and Ron Espinola of Henderson, Nev.; two grandchildren, Steve Cummins and Sheryl Cummins; and two great-granddaughters, Delaney and Kaylie Cummins.

Remembrances may be sent to the VFW Women's Auxillary, 1405 E. Linwood Ave., Turlock, CA 95380; or to Hospice of Emanuel, 825 Delbon Ave., Turlock, CA 95382.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /October 3, 2007