Trinidad Flores

Trinidad’s, (Trini) life was full. Perhaps not in personal wealth or material possessions but in what she treasured most, her family and the great joy they brought to her.

Trini was born in Agujitas, Coahuila, Mexico some 97 years ago. She came to the U.S. specifically Del Rio, Texas when she was 5.

She lived a simple life in Del Rio with her parents, Juan and Julia and her younger brother Edward M. Davila. In Del Rio, she met her future husband Gilbert Flores at a church bazar.

Trini was dazzled by Gilbert’s charm and perhaps his bicycle. Too poor to own an automobile Gilbert would spend time with Trini in Del Rio taking her on outings as he pedaled his bike with a trusting Trini riding on the handlebars. They married in 1938 and spent their honeymoon in Lubbock, Texas which consisted of Trini sitting and riding on the bag that Gilbert would pull along as he filled it with the cotton he had picked in the cotton field. They were poor and work was always in the fields yet they enjoyed their budding marriage and their shared experiences.

In 1944 they moved to Sunnyvale, California where Trini would live for the next 73 years. The rich agriculture of the Valley of Delight provided many work opportunities for the family, in the fields and in the canneries that dotted the developing valley. Trini worked in Chuckles Cannery for 45 years. She was one of many migrants who worked in the growing fruit and vegetable packing industries in the valley. The valley then was abundant in crops. The springtime of that era saw orchards full of cherry and apricot blossoms and fields full of vegetables and other fruits that Trini and other cannery workers would process in the canneries.

Trini’s favorite time was any time spent with her loving family. She raised two loving daughters, Mary and Delia loving husband Albert. She raised wonderful grandchildren, David wife Lori and Michael wife Lisa; and nieces Linda Jimenez, Celia Davila and nephew Edward J Davila, (Eddie Boy), she touched the lives of her grand children, David and Michael; great grand children Mellicia, Kristina, Jamie, Jessica, Gabriella; great nieces Chela Davila, Lisa Mendoza, husband Manuel, Asa Boucher, husband Dale.

Trini welcomed everyone into her home. Delia’s grammar school classmates loved the opportunity to stay for dinner, and Trini always welcomed them, though the meal was often beans and tortillas, the classmates could never get their fill of Trini’s homemade tortillas. Truth be told, neither could any of the family, Trini took great joy in feeding all who visited her humble home.

Trini was predeceased by Gilbert after having been married for 50 years. 

Survived by her loving daughters, Mary Flores and Delia Villarreal (Albert), grandsons David Villareal (Lori), Michael Villarreal (Lisa) five great-greanddaughters, and many nephews, nieces, and great nieces and nephews.

Humble in life and rich in heart she loved all her family and touched the lives of everyone she encountered.

Her memory will endure in all of us. Her life will be the measure for us to follow.

She is missed but we are comforted with the knowledge that she is once again riding the handlebars on Gilberts bicycle with him in Heaven.

Rosary will be November 20, 2017, 7:00pm at Spangler Mortuary, 174 N. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale and Funeral Mass November 21, 2017, 11:30, St. Martins Catholic Church, Sunnyvale, Burial to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara.