Mary Anna was born in Oakland, on Sept. 5, 1931.
She went to Lazzier School and then to Saint Anthony's Catholic School. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Alameda, then went to Saint Peter Claver Center in Seattle, Washington, where she studied to be a nun. When she returned home, she worked at the Saint Lawrence O'Tool convent; then she got a job working as a cook for Saint Felicitas Catholic Church in San Leandro, at the priest’s house. After that, she worked at Providence Hospital in Oakland.
In 1958, she met her husband, Durval P. Ramos, and was married on Nov. 22, 1959, at Mary Help Of Christians Church in Oakland. In 1961, they welcomed their first child, Jeanell, and in 1962, they moved to San Jose and welcomed their second child, David.
Mary Anna worked in the canneries in San Jose, and in 1964, she had her third child, Mary. She started working for Lexington Brothers Hospital, and in 1965, they had their fourth child, Christine.
In 1969, she left her husband and moved her children to Oakland, where she raised them by herself. In 1973, she went to Laney College to study to be a registered nurse. In 1976, she moved her children again to Livermore. There, she taught CCD for first graders at Saint Michaels Church. She worked for Golden Manor until 1988. She also worked for the El Dorado Motel in Livermore.
Mary Anna loved her bingo every night, her country music - Ronnie Millsap - and her Mexican music. She loved to crochet and bake. She was famous for her apple pies and her lemon meringue pies - her dad loved her apple spice cake. Mary Anna was very charitable, and she was always helping someone in need, even if she didn't have it.
In her later years, she became a Eucharist Minister for Saint Michael’s Church in Livermore, until she moved to Stockton with her daughter Christine, who has been her care giver for the last 16 years.
She belonged to The Red Hatters Club and the Legion of Mary. Mary Anna will be missed by all her friends and family, especially all those with whom she played bingo.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Joseph J. Fanfa and Lena G. Fanfa Hurtman; two brothers, Manuel J. Fanfa and Anthony J. Fanfa; two sisters, Frances T. Sequeira and Lorretta Mayes; ex-husband, Durval P. Ramos; nephew, John Sequeira; and niece, Janice Sequeira.
She leaves behind one brother, Joseph J. Fanfa (Carol Fanfa); sisters in law, Jeanette Fanfa Naira Lima, Gilda Furtardo and Mary Hiendl; four children, Jeanell da Silva (Vital), David Ramos (Gloria), Mary Ramos Crowley and Christine Ramos Holder; eight grandchildren Denise, Durval, Felica, Lavon, Danelle, Kenneth, Nakai and Daniel; five step grandchildren, Tanya (Kris) Kennedy, Monica, Nicole (Julius) Portillo, Gabriel and Nicolas; and eight great grandchildren. She also leaves behind goddaughter and niece, Deborah Sequeira; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to made to
Saint Bernadette Kitchen
2544 Plymouth Road,
Stockton, CA, 95204.
Always In Our Thoughts, Forever In Our Hearts
Love You Mom,