Obituary: Mollie G. Ornelas

Great-great-grandmother, longtime Claremonter

Longtime Claremont resident, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother Mollie G. Ornelas died December 12 at age 94, the last survivor among her nine siblings.

She was born March 1, 1928, to Pedro and Isabell Gonzalez in Newton, Iowa. She moved to Claremont at age 16, and married Leno (Magdaleno) Ornelas on April 9, 1945. The couple were married 60 years before Leno died in 2005.

A member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Claremont, she worked for Claremont Unified School District, and volunteered at the Economy Shop thrift store and Pomona’s Beta Food Center. She also enjoyed participating in activities at the Joslyn Senior Center.

She is survived by her children, Virginia (Ornelas) Ramirez, MaryLou (Ornelas) Guebara, Richard Ornelas, and Eddie Ornelas and his wife Stephanie; nine grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 19 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 444 E. Lexington Ave., Pomona 91786.

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