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“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
II Timothy 4:7
Elizabeth Marie Guevara-Laxamana was born to Sergio and Teresa Guevara on July 31, 1980, in Corona, CA. Elizabeth was called to eternal rest on Friday, October 13, 2023.
A loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, educator, and friend, Elizabeth was the kind of person whose heart was made full by loving those she held closest and showering them with her affection. Elizabeth lit up the room with her smile, laughter, and personality. She was a fiery woman who lived life on her own terms, showering many of us with her quick wit and sharp tongue. She loved deeply and fully and made sure we all knew the depths of her love. Elizabeth lived a full life and although her forty-three years seems short to those she leaves behind, her impact was profound, leaving all of us with many cherished memories and a legacy of love.
Elizabeth brought immense joy and love into our lives with her vibrant spirit, infectious laughter, and beautiful soul, touching the hearts of all who knew her. Her radiant smile and playful nature will remain etched in our hearts, serving as a constant reminder of the joy she brought to our lives. A long-time educator, Elizabeth was a staunch advocate for social justice and for creating more equitable pathways for the disenfranchised and historically underserved. A proud Owl, Banana Slug, and Catamount, Elizabeth was an accomplished student having attended Citrus College, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Vermont. Her work and career were informed by her own studies and experiences as a student, as she proudly served and mentored countless students throughout her career, inviting each of them to lean into their dreams, passions, and life’s calling. Her career took her to the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Vermont, Chapman University, the University of California, Riverside, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she enriched campus life and influenced the lives and careers of the many who had the benefit of her knowledge and expertise. Elizabeth always found a way to make people feel seen, heard, and included. She most certainly lived every second of her life to the fullest and embraced every moment with those she loved. Elizabeth’s memory will forever be treasured.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband and partner, Dave Laxamana; her beloved daughter, Tila Laxamana; her loving parents, Sergio and Teresa Guevara; sister and brother-in-law, Berta and Miguel Correa; nephews Tito Correa, Justyn Correa (godson), and Jacob Correa (godson); brother-in-law Marc Masumoto; nephew Mateo Masumoto; mother-in-law and father-in-law Mercedes and Antero Laxamana; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Drew and Claire Laxamana; nephews Jacob Laxamana and Enzo Laxamana; niece Nina Laxamana; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lisa and Michael Bell; niece Leona Bell; and a host of aunts, uncles, sorority sisters, colleagues, and friends. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her sister, Tila Guevara Masumoto, whose memory served as a beacon of hope and guiding light.
Elizabeth leaves behind a legacy of love, faith, family, and service and will forever be remembered for her generous heart and the gift her life was to all of us.