Patricia Ann Alvarez
Patricia Ann Alvarez
  • August 13, 1935 - December 1, 2017
  • West Hills, California

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Patricia Ann Alvarez (Hurley), 8/13/35-12/1/27. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, great-aunt. Survived by her husband Eugene Charles; her son Thomas, his wife Teri, and their children Joshua, Jackson, and Lola; her daughter Elizabeth, her partner Greg, and her children Caitlin, Bretagne, and Bailey; her son Raymond, his wife Vesna, and their children Emma and Henry; and her daughter Christina (spouse of the late Erla Lutz); by her brothers Jeremiah and Richard and his wife Nila; sisters-in-law Marcia and Barbara; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and a host of dear friends. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Hurley (Long); sisters Catherine and Elizabeth; brothers Michael, William, James, Thomas, and Ralph.

Born in Chicago, she came to visit Los Angeles in 1958, and never left. She married Chuck in 1959, and they raised their four children in the San Fernando Valley. She was passionate about her service work, in the community and her parish of St. Bernardine's. She founded or was active in the pulpit exchange with Temple Aliyah, Catholic/Jewish Women's Conference, Guadalupe Center, Brothers of Charity, Justice and Peace Committee, Women on a Journey, and the San Miguel Guild. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by Catholic Charities in 2014. Professionally, she earned the Certified Travel Consultant credential, and she owned travel agencies around the West Valley.

But Pat's first passion was always her family. She could as easily be found helping a niece with a new baby as showing up for a great-nephew's graduation. Over many years, she opened her home to a number of young people in her large, extended family and circle of friends, offering solace and shelter, and many a pep talk. She had few joys greater than big family gatherings or having her husband, kids, and grandkids hanging out together in the house.

Pat's intelligence and love of people made her a brilliant story teller. She loved to laugh, and she taught many people the value of a gentle laugh at oneself. Her devotion to her faith was legendary.