Lucia Preciado-White

Date of Birth

January 5, 1933

Date of Death

May 13, 2022

Lucia Preciado-White passed away peacefully on May 13, 2022, at 89 years old.

Lucia was born January 5, 1933, in Solana Beach, CA and raised in Mexico by her mother Maria del Carmen Cesena Preciado and her father was Balbino Preciado Michel.  At age six she moved in with her grandmother, for two years, and had the fondest memories of that time.  Growing up in Mexico, she was the eldest of eleven children.  Her siblings are, Jose, Javier, Francisco, Dolores, Maria, Esperanza, Ramon, Gregorio, Lourdes, and Guadalupe Alicia. At 23 years old, Lucia left Mexico and moved to Oxnard California where her large extended family lived.  She attended Ventura Community College where she studied bookkeeping and clerical work.

After completing her AS degree in Bilingual /Cross Cultural Studies, she moved to Santa Barbara, CA where she met and later married Joseph Earl White.  Lucia worked for Santa Barbara School district.  Joseph (Earl) and Lucia had five children:  Mary, Lucia, James, Joseph and Robert.  Joseph Earl passed away in 2004, he was 84 years old.

Having been brought up to value education, Lucia attended Santa Barbara City College and eventually UCSB. She earned an AS degree in Bilingual / Cross Cultural Studies, a BA in Spanish and a teaching credential in Bilingual Special Education in 1983 from UCSB.  One of her favorite jobs was teaching ESL classes through the Allen Hancock College Adult Outreach Program, as well as the ESL adult program Santa Barbara City College.  She was loved and admired by all as a caring, capable and creative teacher.

Lucia enjoyed going back to Mexico with her children to visit with family and friends.  She also lived in Colorado for a five-year period, before moving back to Santa Barbara where she eventually resided at Pilgrim Terrace for fifteen years.  Within the last year and a half, she moved in with her daughter Mary’s family, who lovingly cared for her.

Lucia loved her family and friends beyond measure and was loved by all who had the pleasure to connect with her.  She was passionate about birds, cooking, crocheting, sewing, reading and her 9 grandchildren, Aubrey, Kimmie, Emily, Jarod, Alexander, Max, Dylan, Scarlett, Reef. She also has one great grandson, Roman.  We will always remember her for her beautiful smile, her warm hospitality, and her unconditional love.  She will remain in our hearts forever.


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