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Gloria Molina: May 31, 1948 to May 14, 2023

Gloria Molina, a trailblazing Chicana activist and former elected official, passed away peacefully at her home in Mt. Washington, surrounded by her family and close friends. She was 74 years old.  

Gloria had been battling terminal cancer for three years, a fight that she faced with courage and resilience. She spent her last few weeks embraced by the love and support of her family, community, friends, and former colleagues. Gloria expressed deep gratitude for the life she lived and the opportunity to make a difference in the world.  

Gloria was a champion for social justice and dedicated her life to public service, fighting tirelessly for the rights of those who were underrepresented and marginalized. Gloria will be remembered in history as the first Latina elected as California State Assemblymember, Los Angeles City Councilmember, and Los Angeles County Supervisor, making a significant impact on Los Angeles, the state, and the nation. 

Gloria was also an artist who shared her passion for depicting her Mexican roots through her beautiful quilts and by teaching others.  

We welcome you to join us at a public Celebration of Life at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 5pm. Details are forthcoming. 

Gloria is survived by her beloved husband Ron Martinez, daughter Valentina Martinez, son-in-law Brandon, grandson Santiago, and loving family, including her nine siblings, Gracie, Irma, Domingo, Bertha, Mario, Sergio, Danny, Olga, and Lisa.  

In lieu of flowers, Gloria’s family requests that donations be made to Casa 0101 and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in her memory to inspire and empower future generations through the arts.