Posted by: resparish | July 22, 2013

Emma Park, 1941 – 2013

Emma at lake high resEmma Anglada Bilbao Park was born in Mexico City to Pura Bilbao and Manuel Anglada, who immigrated to Mexico during the Spanish Revolution. They moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco and then to Lake Chapala to the small village of Chapala. In 1952 Emma’s sister Patricia was born and the three of them lived in Chapala. Pura worked in the Hotel Nido. Emma would to sneak out and talk to all the fisherman on the lake and also the prisoners at the small jail in town. She always loved to be friends with the REAL PEOPLE.

In 1956 they took a small plane to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of the State of Jalisco. There Pura worked as a manager in one of the three hotels at the time, Hotel Oceano where all of their lives changed forever.

Emma finished her grammar school and then took accounting, short hand and typing classes and at 16 she was working with Pura in the hotel.

Emma lived in Europe for 3 years working in Barcelona and in the summers at hotels in Marbella on the Costa Brava of Spain. Pura asked her to come home and Emma did to help her Mom by working in the hotel during the summers. A few years later Emma moved to La Honda, California and worked at the Boots and Saddle Lodge and in 1966 attended San Mateo College. Later she went to Foothill College. During the summers she would help Mom in Puerto Vallarta and one sunny day a handsome man walked in the bar of the hotel and she said “Quien es ese Chinito tan quapo”(Who is that cute Asian)? Six months later Arthur and Emma were married and they came to live in Palo Alto.

Emma and her beloved Arthur never had children. Emma LOVED children. No matter where she was or what she was doing she would stop and talk to the small children, asking the parents if she could hold them. Sometimes we would have to tell Emma we have to go and almost pry her away from the children. She loved her nieces and great nieces and great nephews. Emma and Arthur helped raise Maya and Karina for several years.

Emma worked several jobs in her lifetime but the 30 years she spent at the Addison Avenue Fed CU (HPEFCU) were her most enjoyable. She made many lifelong friends. Most of her friends called her their CU sister but some called her their CU Mom. It was like a family at the credit union, no matter what department you worked in and no matter what position you held at the CU. As the CU grew our CU family grew. Emma was a mentor, trainer, sister and Mom. Emma loved to bake her famous Kahlua cake. If you didn’t know Emma you certainly would once you got a taste of her delicious Kahlua cake.

Emma is a long time parishioner here at Resurrection. Arriving at 4 pm, nearly every Saturday afternoon, Emma enjoyed praying quietly before Mass, helping others who wandered into church early and chatting with the musicians as they set up. Her smile and her love of God radiated in her face each week.

When Emma lost her beloved Arthur in 2000, she found comfort in the Widow, Widowers group she joined and made many close friends.

Emma developed Leukemia in July 2007 and then several other illness’ and had a bone marrow transplant. During those times she kept a positive attitude, wouldn’t give up and never lost her faith in God.

We will miss our sister, Aunt, CU sister, CU Mom and friend. You are now with your beloved Arthur.

Memorial Mass for Emma will take place here at the Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, July 23, at 11 am. There will be a reception following Mass outside by the Pieta. All are invited.