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“Dear Art, Jim & all of your family. Tom & Isend our deepest sympathies for your preciousloss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.Love, ...Read More »
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“Elisa Montoya had the most kind and authentic heart. She was such a blessing in my life and blessed my family as well. I feel very fortunate to have...Read More »
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“My dear sweet Aunt Lisa. You were such a special person to me both in my childhood and later life. You always carried the spirit of the Lord with you...Read More »
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“Lisa was my neighbor and close friend for many years in Sacramento... Lisa was always a strength for others in the neighborhood.. She was caring,...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Michelle Silva - Sacramento, CA

“To my Uncle Art and family I'm so sorry for your loss. I will miss my Aunt Elisa deeply. Her never ending smile and her gentleness and kindness. She...Read More »
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Elisa Franco Montoya, 77, passed away on February 18, 2017 in Palm Desert, CA. She was the wife of Arthur I. Montoya and they shared fifty-one years of marriage together.
Born in Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico on April 27, 1939, she was the daughter of Jose Franco and Candelaria Uranga Franco. She was the youngest of their eight children. At the age of 9, she came to the United States with her family and became the first to receive a high school diploma. She graduated from Whittier Union High School in June of 1958. She was employed by the Pacific Telephone Company in Los Angeles, CA where she worked as a secretary. She proudly became a citizen of the United States in 1962.
On June 19, 1965, she married Arthur Montoya at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in East Los Angeles, CA. Together they had five children: Daniel, Gerald, Thomas, Richard, and Irene Taylor. Over the course of their marriage they lived in Palm Desert, Los Angeles, San Jose, Visalia, and Sacramento.
She was an active member of Christ of the Desert Catholic Church for many years. She enjoyed volunteer work with a local middle school and her weekly bible studies. She remembered well the kindness of strangers to her family as they settled in the U.S. and it became her life's passion to help new immigrants and their families. She is remembered for her compassionate spirit, her loving heart and her kind smile.
She is survived by her husband, their five children, and her three grandchildren: Malachi, Margaret, and Benjamin. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Guadalupe Franco Cano of Whittier, CA.
Viewing will be on Monday, February 27 at Christ of the Desert Catholic Church in Palm Desert, CA from 5pm – 8 pm with a rosary at 6pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at 10am. Interment at Coachella Valley Cemetery.
FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert has been entrusted with arrangements.