Evelia Elisabeth Franco (1939-2016)

Evelia Elisabeth Franco (1939-2016)

Evelia Elisabeth Franco, 77, passed away at home on Friday, May 20th, 2016, surrounded by her sons, her daughter, and her husband. Evelia Elisabeth Carreon De Leon was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico to her parents, Tomasa De Leon and Jose Carlos Carreon. Evelia, more commonly known as Elisabeth, also had a brother, Carlos Americo Carreon, with whom she was close. She arrived in the United States in August of 1952. Elisabeth met her husband, Angelo Gomez Franco, when she was 15 years-old and he was 19 years-old. The young couple met each other at a dance in Harlingen, Texas. When Angelo saw Elisabeth on the dance floor, he thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen and proceeded to ask her to dance while in his Air Force uniform. They fell in love quickly and married two years later. The couple raised five boys, and one girl whose names are Jose Manuel Lopez, Richard Franco, Armando Franco, Arthur Angel Franco, Alejandro Paul Franco, and Margarita Deleon Franco. Unfortunately, she lost one of her sons, Richard, in 2013 due to health complications.
Elisabeth was known for her unyielding humor and eccentric style. She often made her own clothes sequined with jewels that stood out almost as much as her lush persona. Her personality was both wild and contagious. No one could help but laugh at her often inappropriate jokes or be captivated by her spellbinding stories. She lit up every room with her movie-star like beauty and it was no secret that her husband, Angel, was absolutely captivated by her for their entire life together.
Evelia Elisabeth Franco lives on in the hearts of her husband, her brother, her six children, her 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and the countless friends and loved ones whose hearts she's captured over the years. Her loved ones will keep her spirit alive by sharing stories of her wild and loving behavior. Although she is dearly missed, Evelia Elisabeth Franco lived her life the best way a life can be lived: the way she wanted and nothing less.
Visitation will be held from 12pm-1pm, Saturday May 28, 2016 at Garcia Mortuary Chapel 629 South “A” Street Oxnard, CA followed with A Celebration of Life Ceremony at 1:30pm also at Garcia Mortuary Chapel.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Evelia’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 93060. 805.229.7054