It is with profound sadness that we share that Hollister resident, Ramona Orta Beltran, devoted wife, beloved mother, doting grandmother, and loveable sister, aunt, and Godmother passed away on June 17, 2023, after a lengthy, and valiant, battle with cancer. She was 80.
Ramona (aka “Honey” and “Mommy Mona”), who always claimed that her greatest achievement was her children, was hardworking, an excellent cook, and an accomplished “domestic engineer.” She was a constant fixture during her children’s lives, and never missed a concert performance, sporting event, or choir performance, along with being a volunteer room mother. Throughout her life, in addition to her being a mother and wife, she was a caregiver for numerous nieces and nephews, and elderly relatives. Fiercely determined and dedicated, there was not a single endeavor that she didn’t master, including sewing, and would create custom outfits for her daughters when they were children. She was also amazing in the kitchen and could create a masterful meal at the drop of a hat for any and everyone. In 2015, she became a U.S. Citizen, completing her practice tests via computer – despite never using a computer in her life – and then successfully passing her in-person exams. She was part of the induction ceremony in San Jose, Calif., joining hundreds of newly naturalized citizens.
Born in Juarez, Mexico in 1942, Ramona spent her formative years in Cuadrilla, TX. One of 14 children, she migrated to California, in 1958, to work in the fields and help support the family. Among those that joined the trip to California, was Salvador Beltran, who was sent by his family to establish work and an opportunity for the rest of the Beltran family to migrate. At 18, she married Salvador, and together, they began their family.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Salvador Beltran, Jr., children Roselyn Oates (Matthew), of Hollister; Elaine Boaz (Carl) of El Cajon, Calif.; Linda Beltran (Jeff Himmelrick) of Land O Lakes, Fl.; and Salvador Beltran III (Vanessa) of Reno, NV. She is also survived by five grandchildren Jacob Oates, Dain Oates, Logan Beltran, Gloria Beltran, and Victoria Boaz, as well as her brother Carlos Orta (Julia), and sisters Josie Reyes, Anna Maria Ochoa (Joe), Francisca Rojas (Hector), Jesus Delgado (Maria), Manuela Miranda (Luis), and Connie Orta. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Daniel; and siblings Marcelo Orta, Pilar Orta, Refugio Orta, Jr., Maria de la Luz Nunez, Arcadia Campos, Elvira Escobar, and Maria Magdalena Martinez.
Services: June 30, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Community Church, 7290 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos, California. Interment immediately to follow at Calvary Cemetery, 1100 Hillcrest Rd. Hollister California.
Flowers and words of encouragement can be sent to Grunnagle – Ament-Nelson Funeral Home at 870 San Benito Street, Hollister on Friday, June 30, between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.