2017-08-10 / Obituaries

Andria C. Matala

Andria Matala passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco following complications from brain aneurysm surgery.

Andria was the first daughter of Bessie and Andrew Matala. She was born in Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 25, 1945. Her family moved to Hayward, Calif. at the end of World War II. She attended California University, Hayward.

After earning her Teaching Credential, she was hired at Mariposa Elementary School. She taught 38 years at M.E.S. Andria loved her students and colleagues. During her teaching career, she was remembered for her professionalism, curriculum creativity, annual Holiday Program, and leadership in the California Teachers’ Association.

Reading was one of her favorite pastimes. She belonged to two book clubs and often shared her favorite books with family and friends. She participated in many Mariposa community activities: Mountain Yoga, aquatic exercises, AAUW, California Retired Teachers’ Association and Piece Makers.

She was an accomplished quilter and proudly presented her family and friends with beautiful quilts. She enjoyed traveling and the Mariposa Storytelling Festival. She had a love of Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. She often took others on tours of the park and local sites, sharing the local history and the natural beauty of this region.

Andria will also be remembered for the cards she sent others on birthdays, holidays and special events. She was generous to those around her and often contributed to local non-profit organizations.

She is survived by her loving sisters, Marjean ( Jim), Joanne, and Helene. Andria was a very special aunt to nephews Alan ( Junko), Joseph, Toshiro and Nathan, and to nieces Deanna (Ryan), Kathryn, Josephine and Rayn.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Mariposa Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project, Kid’s First Mariposa County Schools Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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I am forever grateful to

I am forever grateful to Andria Matala. She gave me the best year of school in my entire life! I was in her first class ever, a 3rd grade class at Mariposa Elementary. I am a teacher to this day because of the love of learning I experienced in her class. She was also my 4-H cooking teacher, and was loving and fabulous at this! God bless her and all the kids she influenced and cared for dearly!!

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