Tribute to Mary Silveira Sanchez Loumenaby Representative Jeff Denham
Posted on 2013-02-01
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 1, 2013
Mr. DENHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge and honor the
life of a beloved leader in the Escalon community, Mary Silveira
Mary was born in Yountville, California, on June 23, 1920, and passed away surrounded by her family on October 12, 2012, in Escalon, California. Her passing has brought great sorrow and loss to people throughout the community.
Mrs. Sanchez Loumena was an active member of the Young Ladies Institute, Kiwanis, the Ladies of Escalon, and Grandmother's Club. In addition, she was the Chairperson of the 125th anniversary celebration for St. Patrick's Church, and she initiated the children's monthly prayer group.
Mary was a founding charter member of the Escalon Historical Society and Museum. Her instrumental role in its formation will always be her legacy. She also played a fundamental role in locating, purchasing, and bringing the caboose to Escalon's Main Street Park to commemorate the town's railroad beginning and history.
She and her husband, Charles, sold part of Sanchez Ranch to the State of California for the location of El Portal Middle School. They also developed Vintage Estates--a project where they sold remaining portions of their ranch for custom homes.
During the threat of cutbacks in the 1990s, Mrs. Sanchez Loumena donated money to the City of Escalon to keep streetlights lit in residential neighborhoods. Escalon believes that future generations can learn much from the past, and Mrs. Sanchez Loumena played a key role in preserving much of Escalon's history.
Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring and recognizing Mrs. Mary Silveira Sanchez Loumena for her unwavering leadership and many accomplishments and contributions. Her life serves as an example of excellence to those in our community, and her legacy will not be soon forgotten.