November 7, 1941 - September 30, 2018
Martha, known as Susan, age 76 from Acampo, CA passed away on September 30, 2018 at Kaiser Medical Center in Sacramento. She was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on November 7, 1941 and spent her first years living in Billings, Montana with her parents, Buenaventura and Martha Bayaca. Her family farmed vegetables in different states before settling in Stockton, CA. In that time, three more sisters joined the family, Anita, Theresa and Rose. Farming strengthened Susan to become an athlete. She then thrived in the competition of sports all through high school. She graduated and attended Delta College and in that time she met her future husband, Victor Gascon. They married in 1963 after she graduated. She then pursued her degree at San Jose State University and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration in 1964. They moved to Oakland, CA where they raised their four children, Veronica, Victor Jr. Sabrina and Ben. They eventually settled in Acampo, CA where Susan and Victor cultivated beautiful gardens and grew a plethora of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Susan passed on her creative talents and her love of art and music to her children. She worked as an illustrator for decades for many companies throughout the bay area. She loved painting with pastels and often worked the California State Fair in Sacramento for many years as a portrait artist. Painting on location with watercolors was one of her passions. She later earned a double Masters in Education from California State University of San Bernardino in 1999 and worked in the Stockton school district as a Special Educator for over 12 years. Susan is survived by her husband Marion Vic Gascon, Sons, Victor Jr. and Ben Gascon, Daughter, Sabrina Gascon-Gabales, Grandchildren, Kayla and Emily Gascon, Tahliana Gascon, and Rafeaello Gabales.
The visitation for Martha will be held on Thursday October 11, 2018 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm with the rosary taking place at 6:00pm in the Vineyard Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, located at 14165 N. Beckman Rd, Lodi, CA 95240.
Services for Martha will be held on Friday October 12, 2018 at 10:00am at the Cherokee Memorial Park, located at Harney Lane and Hwy 99, Lodi, CA 95240.
Cherokee Memorial is honored to serve the Gascon family.
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