Enedelia M. Woolfolk
My beautiful wife Enedelia was called to the Lord on July 8, 2022 after a sudden illness with both Kyle and I by her side. Enedelia, with her beautiful smile, was born in San Benito Texas and raised in Corpus Christi. In 1967 she moved to Santa Barbara with her infant son Jesse. She was trying to make a new beginning and fell in LOVE coming to Santa Barbara and it became her paradise and salvation. In Santa Barbara she struggled but vowed to make it, fortunately, with her deep rooted faith and her belief in her angels she was blessed with lifelong friendships, that also helped her find her way,
She worked several jobs, but always remembered waitressing at Kerry’s restaurant on State St. With the help of her friends she attended night school. She began her mechanical career in the early 70’s at Infomag and was a quick learner. She found the work very interesting and quickly excelled in her field! She worked as a Quality Control Inspector for several Goleta companies such as Santa Barbara Research, Raytheon, and Delco. She was very proud of the work and special projects for NASA and many other top secret projects that held importance.
Ene, as she was known, always enjoyed visiting her family in Corpus Christi, Texas. She always looked forward to trips back to Texas to see her mother and all her brothers and sisters, She always embraced and was so proud of her Tejana Mexican/American heritage and familia. She always wanted to find out all she could about her heritage and history. Ene was brought up with music and loved to dance, which reminded her of her mother. She always admired her mother’s colorful style and way of dressing which she emulated into her own authentic style.
Throughout her life there were a number of tragedies that she carried, especially the loss of her father months after her birth, as well as her son,Thomas`s tragic accident when he was just 8 years old. What kept her going were her sons Jesse and Kyle, and all of her grandchildren, Joseph, Gabrielle, Thomas, Enedelia, Blanca, Bella, Audrey, and Mila, whom she loved with all her heart and wished she could give them the world!! She loved to shop and made anything look great on her. Besides her love for family she loved walking at the beach, exercising and running. Ene competed in many 5k, 10k and half marathons within the Tri Counties. Staying physically active was therapeutic to her as well as her daily long walks.
Back on July 7, 2002 I decided to attend, for the first time, Santa Barbara Concerts at The Park with my dog, Bud. Waiting for the band to begin I noticed a group of women and noticed a beautiful woman looking my way. It wouldn’t be until much later that I would know why. As the evening progressed I ended up knowing some of her friends in the group, which led to all of us dancing throughout the night. I was fortunate that we were all dancing the Can Can with Ene by my side. KEYT filmed the group dancing, which was made into a commercial that aired for several years on TV. This is where our beautiful journey began.
As the summer months went by I looked forward to all the events the group of women would attend, I had no way to communicate or call her, because at that time I had no cell phone and lived in Buellton. In getting to know her she was so easy to talk to and told me of her life, dreams, aspirations. It seems that we were both 2 lost souls who were wanting more in life and most importantly, someone who would be there and love her sons. As we began to talk and have coffee often, I began to feel that she truly had feelings for me but was reluctant but, the spark had been lit!!
We married in Santa Barbara on 10/04/2003 and moved to Buellton shortly after her retirement in 2005. We enjoyed our getaways in our van and drove as far as we could. Life was spontaneous and not planned! If we broke down she was not one to worry, she was easy going and young at heart. Although we experienced many of life’s challenges together it onlly reinforced our need for one another to carry on. You see we were not homebodies, we enjoyed all our getaways to Avila Beach, the Central Coast, and visiting family and friends in Santa Barbara. We especially loved hanging out at the beach and walking in paradise. I loved how curious she was and intrigued by nature, always looking and finding small treasures to bring home. All this came to a sudden end earlier this month, I truly loved her. We were really looking forward to the next chapter but now the story of Enedelia, my wife, has come to an end. Although we had all prayed for a miracle, her lifelong wish was always for her son Kyle and grandchildren to be loved and to be united. Therefore, her desired wish was answered. Her angels came and took her home to join her loved ones she longed for in heaven.
She preceded in death by her daughter Corrina Valdez,sons Tomas Perrault and Jesse Valdez.
She is survived by her husband Edward R. Woolfolk, son Kyle Libby (Anais) 8 grandchildren, Also 3 sisters Consuelo, Concepcion and Rosa Linda as well as many nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Cottage Hospital and Sansum Clinic.
Rosary 7/25/2022 at 2020 Chapala St at McDermot Crockett Chapel at 7 ;00pm as well as the Funeral service 7/26/22 at 11:00 am 1:15pm burial at Santa Barbara Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Enedlia’s life.