Elma Delgadillo

Date of Birth

November 1, 1936

Date of Death

October 8, 2022

Elma Delgadillo, age 85, of Goleta, California passed away on October 8, 2022 after a short illness. Elma was surrounded by her loving family. Elma was born on November 1, 1936, in San Bernardino, CA. , coming to Goleta in her teen years. She attended the Sherman Institute and Santa Barbara High School.

Elma worked in the electronics industry for many years at Infomag and Delco. 

Elma was a warm, nurturing, and non-judgemental person who was a surrogate mother to many children in her life. She was the go-to neighborhood “mom” who had a loving relationship with many nieces, nephews,  great-nieces and great-nephews. She is the mom that supported all of her children’s activities and was always the volunteer to provide snacks and car pool rides. 

Elma was preceded in death by her father, Angel Velarde; her mother Victoria (Nejo) Escobar; and nine siblings. She is survived by her husband of 68 years Margarito (Mugs); son Richard (Diana); daughter Deborah; granddaughter Mia Delgadillo; step-grandchildren Melissa Keene & Nicholas Bedi; mother figure to Lorraine Moreno and Mary Holand; grandma figure to Moreno Family, Holand Family and Newell Family and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and extended family.

A special thank you to Ryan, Mike, and the staff at Elite Rehab for their loving and extraordinary care over the years. 

A funeral Mass will be held at St Raphael’s Catholic Church in Goleta on October 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., with a reception and celebration of life immediately following in the church hall. 


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