Bernice B. Bazan
Bernice Blanca Bazan, 85, of Chula Vista, California, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 23, 2019, in Chula Vista.
She was born on Jan. 19, 1934, in Del Rio, to Rosaura (Benitez) and the Rev. Gilberto de Leon.
Her family settled in Uvalde. She attended Uvalde High School, where she played the trombone in the school band and at church. After graduating from UHS in 1952, she studied at Draughon Business College in San Antonio, where she lived with her sister, Rebecca Reyes.
After college, she moved to Santa Ana, California, to live with her grandmother, Delores Benitez, and worked in a medical office. She attended church with her grandmother, meeting her future husband there.
She married Demetrio Bazan Jr. on Aug. 19, 1955, in Santa Ana, California. He was assistant pastor of Templo Calvario Church at the time.
By 1956, her full-time job was as a mother, homemaker and preacher’s wife.
She also worked at the church office, taught Sunday school, and led women’s ministries among other tasks.
Her husband served as pastor in Santa Ana, California, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Phoenix, Arizona, and Santa Paula, California.
From 1985 to 1995, she traveled with her husband to preach the gospel in over 26 countries, including Mexico, China, Japan, Israel, Korea, and the African continent.
She is survived by six siblings, Delia Hernandez, Rachel Garza, Viola de Leon, and Gilberto de Leon Jr., all of Uvalde, and Danny de Leon Sr. and Lee de Leon of California.
She had six children, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by sister, Rebecca Reyes.
There was a memorial service on Jan. 4, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Templo Calvario in Santa Ana, California, and interment took place on Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.