July 25, 2003
Arthur “Turi” Morua Sr. Arthur “Turi” Morua Sr., 66, a long time resident of Santa Paula, went into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday afternoon, July 16, 2003 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was a proud man, devoted to his wife, hi family, and his faith in God.Arthur was born December 26, 1936 in Santa Barbara to the union of Victor and Alejandra Morua. In 1941, he and his family relocated to Santa Paula. Here Turi attended Santa Paula High School, where he won many awards and accolades while participating in varsity football and track and field.At age 15, Turi was involved in a dangerous automobile accident that left him comatose. Through the prayers of his mother and family and God’s merciful love, Arthur awoke from his coma after two weeks. From that point on, he was his mother’s “Lucky One.”That was not the only nickname Arthur had. To this day, he is most commonly known as “Turi.” However, in his younger, rebellious days, Turi was also known as “La Covra.” He gained this title because if confronted, just like the snake, Turi could strike with unbelievable precision and strength.Later Turi went to work for the Calavo Packing House and became a member of the Local 585 Laborers’ Union.On November 27, 1954, Arthur Morua married Inez Morua. In their 48 years of marriage, Turi and Inez were blessed with six children, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.Turi touched the lives of many people with his music, his friendship and love, and his faith in the Lord. Even in the last minutes of his struggle with cancer, he never lost faith and continued to minister to those around him about God and His love for us.To those who knew and loved Turi, he was the richest man in the world because he valued the love of his family and friends more than any worldly possession. Because of this love for others, God blessed him with many gifts - among them, an amazing musical talent. When Turi picked up a guitar, it felt as if the Earth stopped moving because even it couldn’t help but be mesmerized.Arthur is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Alejandra Morua; sister, Mary Esther Morua; brother, David Morua; and nephew, David Morua Jr.Remembering their lost sibling are sister, Connie “Chelo” Garcia (husband Albert); brother, Richard Morua (wife Rosie); brother, Rudy Morua; brother, Eddie Morua; sister-in-law, Mary Morua; brother, Raymond Morua; brother, Manuel Morua (wife Brenda); and sister, Virginia “Chita” Gomez (husband Ruben).Turi is survived by his wife, Inez Morua and their children: daughter, Teresa Torres (husband Richard); daughter, Cindy Morua; daughter, Mary Lou Diermier (husband Richard); son, Arthur Morua Jr. (wife Maria); daughter, Dolly Provencio; and daughter, Alice Morua Partner Isaac.Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren - Robert Alvary (wife Stacy), Arthur Alvary (partner Melissa), Jeniene Raines (husband David), Chastity McElroy, Pauline Salazar, Bee Jay McElroy (wife Laura), Eileen Salazar, Matthew Torres, Susan Torres, Richard McElroy, Tara Diermier, Valerie Morua, Wayne Provencio, Bianca Morua, and Monique Macias; and his great-grandchildren - Jaynessa Lopez, Surena Zepeda, Merissa Castor, Angelic Murillo, Austin Alvary, Isaac Alvary, Gavin Mairena, Jesstina Torres, Jennea Raines, Angel Torres, Katlyn Raines, Robert Jesse McElroy, Makayla Alvary, and Antanette Garcia.Turi also considered these following individuals as his sons and daughters: Rudy Morua Jr., Irene “Renie” Cabral, Paul Vera, Pete Morua, Terry Chewning, and Sarah Gomez. In addition, he will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Safely HomeI am home in heaven,Dear ones;Oh, so happy and so bright!There is perfect joyAnd beautyIn this everlasting light.All the pain and grief is over,Every restlessTossing passed;I am now at peace forever.Safely home in heavenAt last.Did you wonder how I so calmlyTrod the valley of the shade?Oh! But Jesus’ love illuminated everyDarkAnd fearful glade.And He came HimselfTo meet meIn that way so hard to tread;And with Jesus’ armTo lean on,Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must notGrieve so sorely,For I love you dearly still;Try to look beyondEarth’s shadows,Pray to trust our Father’s will.There is work stillWaiting for you,So you must not idly stand;Do it now, whileLife remaineth -You shall rest in Jesus’ land.When that workIs all completedHe will gently call you home;Oh, the raptureOf that meetingOh, the joy to see you come!- author unknownThere will be a viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24 with a Going Home Celebration to follow, beginning at 7 p.m. at Church of Angels, 600 E. Pleasant St., Santa Paula. The church service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, also at the church, followed by the burial service at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery. There will be a reception held at the church after the burial service.Flowers can be sent to Pierce Brothers Stetler Mortuary, 128 S. 8th St., Santa Paula, CA 93060.Written with love by Turi’s granddaughter, Susan Torres - I love you Tata and I’ll miss you...“To be absent from the body is to be present with God....”Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Brothers Stetler Mortuary, 128 S. 8th St., Santa Paula, 525-5595.Beulah C. PittmanBeulah C. Pittman passed away on July 19, 2003 in Ventura, California after a brief illness. She was born in Illinois and came to California in 1938. She was a long time resident of Santa Paula and Ventura.She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Paula, the Order of the Eastern Star #185, and Past Guardian of Job’s Daughters, Bethel #22 of Santa Paula.Preceding her in death was Woody Pittman, her husband of 59 years, two sisters, and one brother. She is survived by her loving family, including her daughter Linda Spink, son-in-law Charles Spink and granddaughter Sydney Spink of Santa Paula; brother Cecil Cheshier and his wife Dorothy of Ventura; brother Robert Cheshier and his wife Dorothy of Sterling, Illinois; sister-in-law Mattie Brown of St. Helena, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.She was a caring and thoughtful person, genuinely interested in other people’s lives, and gave of herself frequently through small acts of kindness. She will be dearly missed.At her request, no services will be held and interment will be in the Santa Paula Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be given in Beulah’s name to the Blanchard Community Library (children’s books), 119 N. 8th St., Santa Paula, CA 93060; or Hospice of Santa Clara Valley, 133 N. Mill St., Santa Paula, CA 93060.Silva E. GarrettSilva E. Garrett, 97, of Santa Paula, passed away July 21, 2003 after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Garrett was born July 3, 1906 in Meg, Arkansas, and was a 70-year resident of Ventura County. She was a homemaker.Mrs. Garrett is survived by her daughter, Betty Maenza of Ventura and son, William “Sonny” Garrett of Santa Paula; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and also a son-in-law, Pal Tucker. She was preceded in death by her husband Ervin Garrett in 1974, daughter Billie in 2002, and granddaughter Donna in 2001.Graveside services will be on Monday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Brothers Stetler Mortuary, 128 S. 8th St., Santa Paula, CA 93060, 525-5595.

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