Pauline Hernandez, 82, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away Monday, November 30, 2020, at Simi Valley Adventist Hospital, Simi Valley, California. Pauline was born July 23, 1938 and had been a resident of Moorpark for 82 years. She graduated from Moorpark High School in 1957 and grew up in Moorpark.
Dad told us the day he saw mom he was riding downtown with his cousin Nick Rios and told him “I’m going to marry that girl” referring to our mom. And that he did. He married our mom on August 19, 1957. Mom used to tell us that my dad would serenade her all the time. He did that until the very day before she passed away.
Growing up in the Hernandez household, our mom was known as “the cool mom” and welcomed by all our high school friends. Our friends were her friends, and none was excluded. When we played our music, she would tell us to “turn it up higher” referring to the volume. As we danced to the latest tunes in the living room, she joined in and danced with us or she would just move to the beat while she was cooking in the kitchen.
She loved the holidays and she always decorated her home by holiday. Mom made you feel special once you walked into her home. She would treat you as though you were the only person left on the earth. When she asked you how you were doing, she really wanted to hear how your day was. If you said you had a bad day, she wanted to hear details and she was the best listener. She would laugh with you and she would cry with you. We were all special in her life and she wanted to hear about our achievements as well as our bad days. She took a lot of interest in us. Our life was her life. Once you walked into her home, she would offer you a drink or dessert and she would immediately ask if she could make you something to eat. She was the greatest hostess. Even if you said “no, I’m OK thank you”, that still meant “yes”, and would still put something in your hand. She was known for making the best chocolate cakes and her recipe was a secret. After her famous chocolate cake her second-best recipe was her potato salad. Our mom loved family life and family was everything to her. Mom was proud of her family and her grandkids were extremely special to her. They were the ones who made her face light up with joy.
Our mom is survived by her husband of 63 years John “Tono” Hernandez along with 4 sons and 2 daughters: Bill, Teresa, Isaac, Eric, Hope, and Caesar; son-in-law Edward Godinez, and 3 daughters-in-laws Elizabeth, Sylvia, and Areli Marissa Hernandez; 7 grandchildren: Joshua (his wife Jovie), Laureen, Ryan (his wife Tannya), Analise (her husband Frankie), Andrew, Marcus, and Sarah; and 9 great grandchildren: Kayla, Kylie, Joshua Jr., Tatiana, Olivia, Eilah, Thomas, Ryan Jr., and Eliana. She is also survived by her brother Manuel Gonzalez of Simi Valley.
Arrangements are under the direction of Perez Family Funeral Home, 1347 Del Norte Road, Camarillo, California 93010. Services will be private and followed by the burial at Assumption Cemetery, Simi Valley, California.