Melanie Mata Hart, was born 22 Dec 1955, in Leyte Philippines, as the second oldest kid of Tomas and Alberta Mata. She had eight siblings three of which passed before her. Even though she did good in school and was chosen as key monitor to open the classroom. She was only allowed to go to school until she could read and write. This made the importance of school all the more important to her as she wasn’t happy with this decision. She made it her ambition to make sure her youngest sister and many nieces and nephews had the opportunity to graduate from collage in the Philippines.
As a young kid she was also charged with taking care of her brothers and sisters making sure they were fed while her parents were away. She was also a Papa’s girl and would often help him work sometimes getting into his tools without permission.
She left home at a young age to find work so she could sent money home to support her family. Many of her nieces, nephews and cousins went to live with her. This is where she became known as Mama. This is when she met here Husband James. He brought her and Maribel to San Diego and they started a new life together. She wanted to work but her husband insisted that she be the head of the household because he was always deployed. She learned to drive by herself while her husband was deployed. Though out the years many of her family migrated around her and she became the day care and Mama for all of their children. She also taught most of them to drive her using her car which suffered the many dents and beauty marks.
She is survived by her husband and daughter two grandkids and many brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces.
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