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Martha Alicia Ocegueda

April 5, 1945 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

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Martha Ocegueda was born Marta Alicia Leyva on April 5, 1945, in Chihuahua, Mexico.  She had a challenging childhood and was an only child.  Through all challenges, she was a survivor and then a thriver.  She was ambitious and positive.  She had plans and followed through.  She came to the United States in 1968.  She gave birth that year to her first daughter.  Though she had her mother, Isabel, with her, Martha was a single mother.  She worked hard cleaning homes and kept moving forward.  In 1971, she gave birth to her second daughter, Sylvia (“Pati”).  She remained a single parent, until she married Catarino Morales in 1972 and became Martha Morales.  She had her last child and daughter, Laura, in 1973.  The marriage ended in 1975, and she was a single parent again.  Though she found work in a factory, she continued to clean homes on the weekend.  She always worked two jobs, always seven days a week.  She saved enough money to buy a home in 1978 on her own as a single parent of three children.  The realtor laughed at her when she went to initiate the buying process.  Being the prideful, dignified woman that she was, she left the realtor’s office and went to another realtor, where she was able to buy the home.  It wasn’t just a single-family home.  This home was a multi-family home, with an additional two homes in the lot to rent out.  Martha was an entrepreneur.  In 1978 this was quite a feat for a single woman, single parent of three children who just had a high school education in Mexico.  Unfortunately, it was a rough neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and she sold the house.  She bought another house in City Terrace in 1979 where it was safer at the time.  She rented out the bottom house.  During this time, she attended East L.A. College to try to better herself.  She was a very friendly person but was shy also.  She took a Speech class, among other night school classes. She always wanted to get rid of her accent.  She was in a long relationship with a man she met in night school.  They enjoyed going to dinner and dancing at clubs, like Quiet Cannon.  She worked in an office downtown and continued cleaning homes on the weekends. Though, she worked seven days a week, she would take a Saturday off during Easter every year to take her children to amusement parks, like Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, and Sea World spending over a $100 each time.  This was money she had saved from working seven days a week.  She would take a day off to take them to San Diego and take them Hollywood to go trick-or-treating.  Though Martha and her family were lower-class income, she owned her own home and had her own car.  She spent about $100 on each of her children to buy them clothes every time they started school and when they returned from Christmas break.  Her children always had new clothes.  Her children always had food and snacks at home.   Yes, the clothes may have been from the Alley in Downtown and not from the mall, and the toys may have been generic, but her children had everything they needed and more.  She always bought her children their Easter dresses to take to the amusement park.  She would drop her kids off at church and in a few hours when she picked up her kids to take them home, the furniture would be rearranged.  She was always busy.  She was not one to be on the phone, or watching TV, or visiting others.  It eventually became dangerous in the neighborhood in City Terrace, and she sold the house in 1984.  She then moved further east to Commerce, always trying to find somewhere safer.  She started working at City National Bank in Check Reconciliation.  She decided to replace the job of cleaning houses on the weekend by being a security guard in a warehouse.  In 1989, she married Carlos Ocegueda and became Martha Ocegueda.  She finally stopped working seven days a week.  She no longer cleaned homes on the weekend.  In 1991, she bought her three daughters a condominium so they would have a place to live in case anything happened to her.  She was a wonderful mother.  She was always looking out for her children, even when they were adults.  She paid her funeral plot when her children were teenagers, so that they didn’t have to worry about paying for her when she passed.  There were issues in Commerce as well and in 1992, she finally made the move out of East L.A. and to Rowland Heights in a house with a pool. She moved to West Covina and then ended up in Ontario.  She retired from City National Bank and took care of her granddaughter, Maya.  She then invested in a cleaning franchise.  Martha worked in that franchise and finally retired from cleaning and babysat her youngest granddaughter, Lauren.  That was in February of 2020.  A year later she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2021.  She was taken care of by her husband, Carlos, and passed away on January 26, 2024, in Ontario.  She was an extraordinary woman, simple, but complicated, unique, never a follower, different, conforming to being like anyone, and funny.  She loved to laugh and be happy.  She liked being silly and she loved to joke. She was optimistic.  She would not let herself feel down.  If she felt down, she would do something positive and fun to get out of feeling upset.  She was the most conscientious person, thoughtful, humble, considerate, formal, educated, dignified, classy, bright. She was a woman who lived life on her terms.  She came from strong women, and she was strong herself.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who sacrificed herself and bent herself in different directions to give them what they needed.  A family member who took care of her family members.  She is the reason many of her family members are in the U.S. today. She was special and will be so missed.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 16, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
White's Funeral Home
404 East Foothill Boulevard
Azusa, CA 91702-2517

Funeral Service
Friday
February 16, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
White's Funeral Home
404 East Foothill Boulevard
Azusa, CA 91702-2517

Interment
Friday
February 16, 2024

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Oakdale Memorial Park
1401 S. Grand Avenue
Glendora, CA 91740

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