Sally Servin was the heart, soul, and spirit of the entire family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, and best friend. Sally Servin was born and raised in Lindsay, CA, on May 17th, 1935. Her eighty-seven years of life were filled with joy, love, and laughter. Sally shared sixty-one beautiful years of marriage with her husband, Cecilio Servin. She passed away peacefully in her home on March 28th, 2023, surrounded by family and an abundance of love. She was predeceased by her husband, Cecilio, and her son, Henry Servin. Sally is survived by her brother, Tony Serda, and her eight children, Louise Felix, Rosemarie Hernandez, Joe Servin, Johnny Mendiola, Helen L. Lopez, Joseph Mendiola, and Rosalio Servin. She was also blessed with thirty-two grandchildren, and forty-eight great-grandchildren, with another one on the way.
While Sally will be missed dearly, her memory and stories will be carried on for generations to come. Sally’s kind spirit, sense of humor, generosity for others, and deep love for agriculture, especially olives, has blessed all who met her. Most people knew her as “Mom”, “Momma Sally”, and “Grandma”. Sally was caring and nurturing to everyone, including her family, friends, and farm workers. She was a great listener to everyone and gave the best advice. Her love for baking was unmatched. Sally made many delicious and elaborate cakes for family and friends over the years. Her appreciation for tradition was also well-known, especially when celebrating The Nacimientos (The Nativity Scene). Sally was also “old school”. You would never catch Sally without her signature red lipstick, Tabu perfume, and covered in clothing from head to toe. Sally was strong in her faith and loved hearing stories from the Bible. She loved flowers, hummingbirds, and especially loved looking out at her garden.
Sally was loved and respected by many. She took great care of everyone around her and always welcomed others with an enthusiastic smile. For instance, she always cared for the farm workers in the fields and ensured they were well taken care of. She was an amazing cook and expressed her love for others through food. Her kitchen was always filled with wonderful scents of foods like chicken mole, tamales, chicken enchiladas, and her chile. There was nothing like taking a break and eating some of Sally’s homemade food. She was a caring woman and became known as the “Woman of Medicine” in the fields. Everyone knew she loved her olives. But above all else, Sally loved her family deeply.
Sally Servin will be missed dearly and not a day will go by without thinking of her. However, Sally’s spirit and memory will be remembered with every family gathering, walk through the orchards, and glance at flowers. Thank you for blessing us with your abundant and never-ending love. Help us to fulfill the next chapter of our lives without you. This is not a goodbye forever, but a see you soon!
We couldn’t possibly capture all of Sally’s spirit and the impact she left on our lives. Therefore, her family and friends have provided collective statements highlighting Sally and her lovely personality. Please feel free to share a memory of Sally on her Tribute Wall below.