so beautiful!
Bernadette Estrada
  • 39 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 17, 1971
  • Date of passing: Aug 24, 2011
Let the memory of Bernadette be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Bernadette Estrada, 39, born on November 17, 1971 and passed away on August 24, 2011.

She Wrote: If I die today ...have I lived the life I wanted, and accomplished all my goals?  Was I happy?  Yes I am happy.  My goal isn't necessarily to accomplish EVERTHING, but rather to live a life where I am working toward life's goals. 

                                      A poem for my daughter 

My hands were busy through the day; I did not have much time to play
 the little games you asked me to.

I'd wash your clothes, I'd sew and cook, but when you asked me to share your fun I'd say: "A little later. soon."

I'd tuck you in all safe at night and hear your prayers, turn out the light,
Then tip-toe softly to the door.....I wish I'd stayed a minute more.

For life is short, the years rushed past.  No longer is she at my side
Her precious secrets to confide.  The picture books are put away, there are no longer games to play, No good-night kiss, no prayers to hear....
that all belongs to yester year.   

My hands, once busy, now are still.  The days are long and hard to fill.  I wish I could go back and do.......the little things you asked me to.
                    Author Unknown  (modified a little by me) 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 1st March 2014

"On my dark night she came to comfort me.  She put her arm around me and lay her head on my shoulder. So real."

This tribute was added by lucia ventura on 21st February 2014

"so sorry,what a nice person!"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 25th December 2013

"Christmas is here but it has much less joy without you.  Much less laughter, less of everything.  It is just another day."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 5th December 2013

"Know that I think of you always.  Everyday."

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 21st November 2013

"My Berns When you were Born, was the best thing that ever happened in my life
you were a bundle of joy.The worst thing was when you passed away and a big part of my heart was torn away. Since you were born the day after my Birthday, I try to enjoy both of our birthdays and end up crying for you, I love you and miss you, the pain in my heart hurts so much. I will Love you forever and Happy Birthday in Heaven my Berns, Love You always your Dad Ed Estrada"

This tribute was added by joseph kim on 21st November 2013

"never got to say goodbye... and it still hurts, bernie. everytime i hear a bird chirp or see a feather or a grape (remember the Getty center Malibu i picked one off the vine for you), i think of you and imagine you're talking to me. today i will share about what you meant to me at my AA meeting. i dedicate it to you. i miss you. i love you. forever. for the rest of my life. you were the only one who believed in me. you always had a smile, forgave everyone, always turned the other cheek, you were selfless and always thinking of ways to enrich our lives. which you did. ten-fold...one-hundred fold. i planted a tree for you. it's in the front yard @ 2340 Penmar Ave. Los Angeles, 90291. it's the ficus in the front yard. i think i showed it to you once when i got if from ikea. i never thought it would actually grow. you'd be surprised bernadette, it's HUGE!!! i miss u...always,
your joseph"

This tribute was added by Amine A. on 17th November 2013

"Thinking of you always and especially on this day.  Your smile always lit-up a room and I’m sure Heaven tuned brighter once you showed up.  Happy birthday, Bernadette!  Prayers to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 17th November 2013

"Berns I wish I could go up to heaven for just a day and spend your birthday with you again.  I wonder what you're doing there?  Down here life is good, but it has a hole in it ever since you left.  I hate coming here b/c it reminds me you're gone...but I know you...you wouldn't want me to cry.  you'd say "Lor go live life" i love u n miss you so much! Happy 41st"

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 17th November 2013

"I am thinking about you today and missing you very much. These past few months have been a struggle for me and I sure could have used your wisdom and positive thoughts. I miss you very much and will always cherish the times we got to spend together. Prayers out to Bernadette's family today, I know that today is hard for you. God Bless you all."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 17th November 2013

"With God by your side, you must be truly in heaven, rejoicing. When it rains, I know God is crying tears of joy and they mingle with mine of profound sadness .  I miss you so much.  So so much."

This tribute was added by Norina C on 17th November 2013

"Bernadette, Amiga de mi Alma!  I'm thinking of you today, as always, and missing you.  I pray for you, and pray that you are smiling and shining as beautiful as ever.  I remember you planned once a surprise party for me, and you cooked this awesome food!  I wish I could do the same for you right now!  I know your celebration is much bigger today in the presence of our Lord.  I love you!!"

This tribute was added by Aida Cerda on 17th November 2013

"My dearest amiga, you were the first person I thought about this morning.  Feliz Compleanos!  I continue to find comfort knowing that where you are, God is.  How beautiful you must be, as always.  So wishing I could hear that contagious laugh of yours.  Feel my love and my heartbeat, and know how deeply you continue to be missed.  Again, Happy Happy  Birthday."

This tribute was added by Michelle Alderete on 17th November 2013

"I didn't have the pleasure to have known Bernadette, but, I came across this site a few years back and hers was the first tribute that I saw!! I thought to myself, what a beautiful young lady!! And as I read about her and all the people who love her telling stories about how much joy she brought in to their lives/ The world was brighter with her in it!! Happy Birthday wishes!!"

This tribute was added by Brian Glave on 2nd November 2013

"So so  sad   You had to be  39 years  old  and u  passed away   So so  sad u  had to die  and part  this world  sad  shit"

This tribute was added by Colleen Hennigan on 26th October 2013

"I did not know Bernadette but she was absolutely gorgeous! God Bless you're family."

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 29th August 2013

"My Berns, the years keep passing by and the pain from your loss is always there. It seems like yesterday that we lost you. This has been a very sad mo. since you and my mom passed away this mo. My comfort is the picture you put in my wallet to let me know you made it to heaven. I Love You and miss you all the time. You are with me in my Heart and mind always. DAD"

This tribute was added by Jai Sharma on 28th August 2013

"in hindi

bhawan unki aatma ko shanti de
the lines of her  'if may i die.......................' really made me too much sorrowful .
god bless her
jaisharma"

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 25th August 2013

"I don't believe there is a day that goes by that I don't think of you .... I hear you in my very voice at times .... I see my face and sometimes I see yours .... You were like my sister my best friend ... My heart aches to see you again . And I'm so grateful for all you taught me . I love u"

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 24th August 2013

"I can't believe this day is here again. I think about you all the time Bernadette and I miss you dearly. I Love you."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 24th August 2013

""If I live until forever and my eyes no longer see, my heart will always remember what your were and are to me."

                                                                       author unknwn"

This tribute was added by Debbie Neighbor on 31st July 2013

"My condolences go out to you Alice. I came across your daughters page and it caught my attention because we are a month different in age. I read your poem & tributes, you truly touched my heart. I look forward to the day when death, sorrow and pain will be no more; Rev. 21:4. I have found much comfort in the Bibles promise of a resurrection hope at John 5:28, 29 and hope you will too."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 26th June 2013

"No words can express how much I miss you."

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 6th May 2013

"Hi Bernadette, I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I sure miss your warm, infectious smile and our loving conversations over the phone. Sometimes I would call you pretty upset or down, and within five minutes you'd have a smiling thinking how great life is. I love you Bernadette, I miss you."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 5th May 2013

"Berns-it's Cinco de Mayo and I remember you always being so excited to celebrate our heritage today. I often listen to my Spanish songs and every time, Anna Gabriel and Vicente Fernandez remind me of you and how you loved Vicente. And you were the only one to remember that Vicente's dad Alejandro Fernandez was one of grandpa Teno's favorite singers. Miss and love you! Happy Cinco de Mayo!"

This tribute was added by Clair Rodger on 5th May 2013

"Dear family, friends............. i just had to comment on how BEAUTIFUL she is , such amazing photos, my heart sang tho , as i know people who do good, carry on doimg good, AMAZING pics and memorys God bless you all xxxxx Love N light Clair x."

This tribute was added by Amine A. on 17th April 2013

"Bernadette, recently I found some dried rosemary from your home garden in San Antonio that you gave me long time ago.  I used it in a baked chicken dish.  You would be proud, it turned out delicious thanks to your rosemary.  Also, I had a dream of you last night you visiting me in school.  Thanks for visiting.  Miss you & think of you always."

This tribute was added by Adriana Carrillo on 13th April 2013

"I was looking for a graphic for my cousin (also named Bernadette) & found this website. I have read every story, letter, caption & seen all the pictures here of your beloved Bernadette. I am so touched. She was my age, accomplished so much in her life. You should be so proud. Condolences to your entire family..and to her mother Alice, your words made me cry. So much love. Blessings to you."

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 5th April 2013

"Happy Easter my Berns, Another Holiday spent in Heaven with our Lord .My pet Roxy should be with you since she past away April 1st she just got to old. So mija now you have a pet in Heaven. She was a faithful companion for 15 years I will miss her a lot.she was like familly. I always think of you my Berns.Love You Always Dad."

This tribute was added by olga guerra on 17th March 2013

"Hi cuz. Mom and i hav been thinking alot about bernadette and you. We pray for you every day. We think about bernadette watching over you. Taking care of you. Take care. Call mom when you get a chance.love you.  Mom misses yo u terribly.  Love Olga"

This tribute was added by stacy kelly on 25th February 2013

"I'd like to share some comfort to the loved ones of Bernadette,
Just seeing the pictures and reading your kind & loving words, i can tell she was a wonderful person and is truly missed. I want to encourage you to read Revelation 21:3 & 4-where Jehovah God promises to wipe out death forever and resurrect our loved ones to life on earth again."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 6th February 2013

"I saw you in my dreams, you were a little girl.  We went to the store and I had left you in the car.  As I walked away with someone, I realized you would be alone too long, I was frantic and woke up.  Realizing I was dreaming I went back to sleep again. My dream started again, but you were a teenager now.  I felt so happy with you by my side.  Your presence brought me so much joy."

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 1st February 2013

"My Berns, another year has come and gone, and it still seems like yesterday that I saw you in L, A. it was the worst trip in my life. Since we had to say good by for the last time. I had prayed to God to take me instead of you because you had your whole life ahead of you. I miss you every day  and I pray for you every nite, I will always love you.    Your Dad Ed"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 19th January 2013

"I want to believe you are away, traveling, having a wonderful time,  Alive, and I will see you soon.   Your voice is recorded in my mind and I will relive memories, and look forward until I see you again, like I used to.  I wasted so much time, I wasted all our time, it could have been more wonderful."

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 25th December 2012

"Merry Christmas Berns!   Thinking of you as the holidays pass us by.  I miss you and wish you were here just to talk..   Hope you had a beautiful day!  I wonder if it snows in Heaven (:     I bet it does.  
You're always in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 25th December 2012

"Merry Christmas My Berns, I Miss you Hope your having a nice Holiday in Heaven, knowing you your in charge of all the events and by now our lord is thinking of sending you back to us, cause your running him crazy. You always were a chatter box but will all be happy to have you back.I will always think of you, Love Dad"

This tribute was added by Norina C on 19th December 2012

"Berns!!!  I saw you in my dreams the other day!  I just wanted to see you and hug you and stare at you.  I was crying.  But you were so happy, ecstatic and you kept saying "woman, please don't cry, I'm fine, I'm so happy!"  You said you had so much to do so you couldn't stay long.  When I woke up, I felt so comforted.  How I miss you my friend, but I still feel your spirit!  Love youuuu!!!"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 18th December 2012

"I came here today, to relive your life and experience your humor  thru your written stories.  I come  to remember that you had a happy life and you took pleasure in every moment you spent here on earth.  You did not waste a minute.  I will miss you always and always wish you had not left us so soon. You told me "Don't forget me mom"  There's no way that would ever happen."

This tribute was added by Angelica Robles on 10th December 2012

"My Beautiful Prima - I still find it hard to believe your gone. And It's still difficult viewing this memorial site without crying. I miss you immensely, but I know we see each other again in heaven. I'm truly happy we had the opportunity to reunite. I love you always and forever Prima."

This tribute was added by Reese Smith on 28th November 2012

"I have never met you, the Estrada family and friends.  I just wanted to say your memorial is beautiful.  I pray God will continue to strengthen you. I hope you can also take comfort in Revelation 21:4: "[God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more…the former things have passed away.""

This tribute was added by aadeline cilurso on 20th November 2012

"Never met you,your site came up when I started to go to my husbands site,I was deeply touched by the loving tributes given to you".with prayers and Our Heavenly Fathers gracious love ,bring peace to all those who loved you then, now and forever,rest in peace sweet heart you have got to be an angel......God Bless......."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 20th November 2012

"My love, our favorite holiday is around the corner.  I will follow all your instructions for making a juicy roast turkey and creamy buttery mash potatoes.  I will remember our time together to help me get thru it.  What is thanksgiving without you.."

This tribute was added by olga guerra on 20th November 2012

"Happy birthday Benadette. A little late,but not forgotten"

This tribute was added by Georgina Cordova on 19th November 2012

"Oh my Berns!! We are watching our CDs of you and looking at old pics of you & us growing up!! I miss you cousin! I have recently left the hospital for my final stage of this battle I've endured and have had you by my side the whole way! Thank you for your strength! I miss you terribly see you in my dreams xoxo!"

This tribute was added by Aida Cerda on 18th November 2012

"A special Happy Belated Birthday my dear amiga -- I can't believe that I missed the clue you tried to give me on the 15th! :-).  Oh how I miss your free spirit, contagious laugh, and deep wisdom   Think of me thinking of you and your precious familia.   Much much love."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 18th November 2012

"Oh Berns, where does the time go? Happy happy birthday! I hope you are having exactly the birthday you have always wanted. I hope every birthday is the day you want. I miss you. I love you. I hope to see you in another good dream soon!!"

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 18th November 2012

"Iits hard to go to your web site on your B-Day , I get very depresed, wow you were born 1 day after my B-day.Happy Birthday My  Berns, Nov 17 will always be a sad day for me. Since you left us has caused a lot of pain and sadness,but I know  you also left us with some good memorles. You are always with me in my Heart and in my mind I Love You and miss you very much. Love Dad"

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 17th November 2012

"Beautiful Berns with your big brown eyes and beautiful smile.  I miss you so much and I hope that your day has been a special one spent with loved one who had missed you while you were with us.   Thinking of you always.   I hope you blew all the candles out and made a wish.  Love you , miss you!   Happy Birthday!"

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 17th November 2012

"Hey Berns! Happy Birthday I can't believe 41! Wow time really flew by! I can still remember we always took each other out to dinner for Japanese Food on our birthdays! I miss you tons! Love you & Happy Birthday! Say Hi to all the family in heaven for me ;) ~Lor"

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 17th November 2012

"Happy Birthday Bernadette. I miss you dearly, especially the great conversations I had over the years  with you on the phone. It was certainly something I always cherished. Whenever I needed someone to put things back into perspective for me, you were always just a phone call away. I Love you always, and may God bless you and your family."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 17th November 2012

"I am here remembering you on your birthday, wondering what great gifts God had for you. All year I look at things that I would have liked to
buy you or think "oh, that would look so good on Bernie" and I wish I could buy it for you.  Everything for you, I enjoyed, so much, getting you things.  Seeing you smile.  I hope you are smiling today for God.  I miss you."

This tribute was added by Amine A. on 17th November 2012

"Today, I remember the time I confused your birthday for Nov. 7th. What a tongue lashing I got. So bad, that I signed up for all types of web email birthday reminders so not to happen again. But of course, I couldn’t again forget your birthday as it was ingrained in my brain. Happy birthday, Bernadette. We miss you very much. May you be celebrating eternally, in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Michael Estrada on 16th November 2012

"Its taken me quite some time to express this. I cant even explain how much it hurts and how much I miss our four hour conversations I could really use one from you right now you always had the best advice and said the most inspirational, motivational things to get me through whatever challenge life was throwing at me and I appreciate that unconditionally I love and miss you dearly sister"

This tribute was added by ernie gorton on 8th October 2012

"God bless ya Jim. Times flying by here in the Mojave Desert and I'm just fading away might be seeing ya soon. If they let me in that is.    
so every week I'm heading for my  community Lutheran church
to seek his presence here in  Vegas.  So long old friend"

This tribute was added by Janet Salgado on 1st October 2012

"I just wanted the family and friends to know- that even though we have never met, others are thinking of you, and can't imagine your sorrow. You will be in our prayers. May the words in Job 14:13-15 comfort you to know that Bernadette will awaken from death and live forever in a paradise on earth. My condolences to you, I am truly sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Lori Padilla on 30th September 2012

"Birds the word, birds the word!!! lol.... I love u girl & i miss u & always will!!!"

This tribute was added by olga guerra on 22nd September 2012

"Hi, Alice thinking of you. Mom and i were remembering you and Bernadette. We hope ur ok. Mom would really like to talk to u. Her number is 956-212-8123. Please call her.  Take care of your self. Love Olga"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 15th September 2012

"You came to me  last night and called out to me,  MOM.  It woke me up and as I was sitting up I was answering you, What?  Still half asleep  I  looked for you.  Again realizing that you were not here anymore.  But I felt your presence.  You were here for a moment.  Stay longer next time and talk to me."

This tribute was added by raul parra on 31st August 2012

"I thought about you today. I don't know exactly why. Maybe it's because it's election year. Or maybe it's about Denise's wedding plans. Or maybe it's because Georgina mentioned your name the other day reminding me that it was your first year anniversary, but I think it's mostly because we all miss you. Luv, your uncle."

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 25th August 2012

"Berns, I woke up on Memorial Day ready to run and ready to remember those who had passed.  It was so hot out and I almost decide not to go but when I put on m headphones our song was playing and I decided to go. I had a great run.  I had woke with the intention of thinking of others, but it appears you beat me by thinking of me first....  Love and Miss you.  Thanks for running with me."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 24th August 2012

"My precious priceless jewel.  I know you are in heaven and God holds you in his arms everyday and he loves to hear you speak, like we all used to.  You were my rock and joy and my past and future.   My world is lost in a universe without stars, because when you left, you took the brillance, sparkle and shine. I love and miss you, I enjoy your visits in my dreams, don't ever stop."

This tribute was added by Amine A. on 24th August 2012

"Bernadette, we all miss you very much. I think of you daily & I smile; you always had a joke or something funny to say, or a look on your face said it all. If not a well-placed joke, your words contained wisdom. I cherish all the moments spent with you. Thank you being outgoing & introducing yourself to me, because I sure wouldn’t have had the courage to speak to someone as pretty as u. ❤"

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 24th August 2012

"I can't believe it's been a year already since you left us. I don't think I went a day without thinking about you. I miss you very much and will always love you :)"

This tribute was added by Quena Echeverri on 24th August 2012

"I miss you. I often turn to your advise in life to get me through...you were so wise beyond your years. I will carry you with me always. xo <3"

This tribute was added by Norina C on 24th August 2012

"I've been thinking of you all week, and all year. I feel an overwhelming joy when i say your name, or i talk about you, or tell a funny story.  Even when i talk about you to people who didn't know you, they're always in awe at what a remarkable person you were. i love you always and forever!!"

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 24th August 2012

"Dear Berns today is the day u went to Heaven.  If I could have one thing today it would be to have time with u...to see you, hear you, and just talk & laugh like old times. I miss just picking up the phone and talking to you. Sigh, but until then I will continue on in the same POSITIVE outlook on life and live life to the fullest, just like you! You left me the best example. love u ~ lor"

This tribute was added by Michelle Alderete on 24th August 2012

"Although, I did not know you, you have touched my heart!  Yours was the first and ONLY page I saw on this site and I cried at how much you are loved and missed!!  Rest in peace beautiful one!!"

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 24th August 2012

"My Berns, I miss you very much all the time I think of you always. It seems like yesterday that you left us. I'm so thankful for your picture that appeared in my wallet, that was the sign that  you made it to Heaven. I Pray for you every night. I love you and will always miss you till I see you in Heaven, Iam no longer afraid of dying my Berns. Dad"

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 23rd August 2012

"This is not an anniversary I enjoy celebrating. However, I enjoy the thoughts and laughter you continue to bring me. I miss you and will be thinking of you, as I often do. I envision you cooking a feast for you and Romeo.  I know my Mr.Khatt arrived to watch over you and Romeo.  She, much like her aunt Berns, was such the loving mother hen. Give her a petting for me. Love, hugs & kisses!"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 9th July 2012

"I miss you so much.  No outing is complete without you.  I see you there even if you are not.  I imagine what you would be doing and saying to make it a happy occasion.  I see you laughing it up with you contagious joy for life.  I smile, then cry.  Where are you?  Come home."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 12th June 2012

"Thank you for the advice. You have no idea how bad I needed to hear that. And, as usual, you're right.  I'll do what you told me.  I'll do it this weekend. You seemed tired last night. Please rest for a bit, i have a feeling i'll be needing you sooner rather than later. Do me a favor? Will you give grandma a kiss for me? Tell her I miss her too but I love hearing her giggle!! Love u! xo-d."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 6th June 2012

"Good Lord, I miss you. I just heard the song "El Mariachi" that some friends of mine sing very welll and every time I hear it, I think of you and your mariachi days and how you always encouraged me to do those boistrous hollers and to roll my tongue. I miss you. I miss you. I miss you. xo-d."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 29th May 2012

"I had so many questions lately that I wish I could just call you.  Miss and love you! I know you are busy up there, but if you get a chance, could you send me a twinkle? XO"

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 10th May 2012

"Berns,   Miss you Bunches, Girl.  I've seen some hard days and you have been there to carry me through my sadness.  Thank you for always teaching me to look on the bright side.  Sending you thoughts each day full of love.  Miss U."

This tribute was added by Amine A. on 13th April 2012

"Oh Romeo! He has departed as well. I’m very sorry for your loss. For sure he couldn't bare Bernadette's absence either, and now is in her arms again. I see the two of them playing and running around in Heaven as they did in life.  I always used to tell Bernadette that if there is reincarnation into a second life, I want to come back as her cat. It made her laugh."

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 8th April 2012

"Dear Berns, I think of you everyday, I hear songs that remind me of you, and I hear the advice and words of wisdom you would give me and I carry them like Jewels in my heart. I had my baby boy... I know you would love him! & he you. Happy Easter Berns. Love you forever . Your Lor"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 8th April 2012

"I miss your smile, I miss the joy you brought me with your presence.
I miss the pride I felt everytime I saw you.  I pray you knew that,
I pray you see how much I need you with me, now and always.  I love you so much."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 26th March 2012

"For those who do not know Bernadette and wrote a tribute, I thank you so much.  You are very kind."

This tribute was added by kamicha Njenga on 17th March 2012

"she was an inspiration to all that were around her.a great daughter she was.never knew her in person but prays to God all will be well with the lives of those close to her as they treasure her in their memories."

This tribute was added by Michelle Alderete on 1st March 2012

"Such a beautiful, beautiful young lady!!  I didn't know her, but I happened upon this site and clicked on her name!  Mrs. Estrada, you have made such a lovely memorial for your daughter!!  I can tell that she was and is loved dearly, and missed as well!!  But, never forgotten!!  May she rest in peace...beautiful Angel!!!"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 1st March 2012

"I miss you more and more each day.  Come to me.  I love you so much.  mom"

This tribute was added by Lori Geiger Ormsby on 29th February 2012

"I didn't know you, but from the photos and candles lit I can tell you were a special and amazing person. We need more people in the world just like you. I hope you are resting peacfully."

This tribute was added by Gypsy Fullilove on 29th February 2012

"I didn't know you but from what your family is saying you must have been a sweet person my heart goes out to you. ooo xxx"

This tribute was added by Paul Antony on 22nd February 2012

"You are more beautiful every day that passes."

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 11th February 2012

"Berns, You finally paid me a visit in my dreams.  You were smiling and you had beautiful long hair.  It may have been just a quick visit but it made my day!  Keep on smiling!  Missing you so much!!!"

This tribute was added by Patty Taylor on 30th January 2012

"Thinking of you... I wish you were just a phone call away."

This tribute was added by pauline norman on 15th January 2012

"sending all our love beautiful angel.love pauline,angel jenna xxxxxx"

This tribute was added by Philip Castle on 12th January 2012

"probably more than I touched hers. She has helped inspire me to leave the NCI and use my knowledge of cervical cancer to help women around the world who do not have access to cervical cancer prevention. So thank you Bernadette for reaching out to me and touching my life and reminding me that I have a job to do. Message sent, message received. Phil"

This tribute was added by Philip Castle on 12th January 2012

"She thanked me for saving her life and told me her story and how Brad had helped her. Of course, I had nothing to do with saving her life and told her so. But there was no way to convince her otherwise. We stayed in touch by email and phone over her last couple of years and I regret that I never had to chance to meet her in person. She was an amazing spirit and she touched my life"

This tribute was added by Philip Castle on 12th January 2012

"After finding out where she lived, I remembered a colleague of mine, Dr. Brad Monk, lived in the area. I knew that Brad was a really dedicated doc and if he could do something, he would. And he is a cancer therapy researcher, so if there was something new, he might have access. Many months later, long after I had forgotten the exchange, Bernadette called me or emailed me. I can't recall."

This tribute was added by Philip Castle on 12th January 2012

"I did not know Bernadette well and never met her face-to-face. My intersection with her life was really quite an accident. While I was at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, where I was working on the prevention of cervical cancer, a colleague who had worked with Bernadette had reached out to me asking for help for her friend (Bernadette). Bernadette had cervical cancer and needed a doctor"

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 8th January 2012

"This was everyone who loved Bernadette's first News Years without our special girl. I'm thankful for Ms. Alice Estrada put together this memorial page for us to share our stories, and feelings for Bernadette. I really miss her a lot, I have found it comforting that I have communicated with family and Friends of hers through this platform."

This tribute was added by Enu Singh on 7th January 2012

"God bless you.
You made this world beautiful by your presence.
love and light to you' Gorgeous one'"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 28th December 2011

"Hello God
How happy you must be
You have my precious daughter
that you just took from me
God who are in heaven, give her a message for me.
Tell her I miss her down here and to come and visit me"

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 25th December 2011

"Merry Christmas, Beautiful Berns! I'm hoping all of my thoughts and prayers are reaching you since my Christmas cards can't.  Give Jesus a big Birthday hug and tell him to be patient with me.   Thank you for the strength you give me to live and love life. Wish we could talk.  I miss you so much.   xoxo Ally"

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 25th December 2011

"Merry Christmas Berns! I thought of you all week....miss you like crazy. You would have been so proud of me, I made tamales and Posole all by myself! You were always the best cook. Say hi to my baby who is in heaven with you for me. Love you. Lor"

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 25th December 2011

"Merry Christmas Bernadette, I miss you much."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 6th December 2011

"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 27th November 2011

"Silent Night
Holy Night
Sleep in heavenly peace.....
Sleep in heavenly peace.

       I love you, I miss you."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 17th November 2011

"Happy Birthday Berns.  I went to send you a text and forward you a joke on your cell, and when I pulled up your phone number, I hate realizing that you won't get it and worse, you won't respond...So Happy Birthday to you in heaven, I know you are dancing, celebrating and baking a hell of a best birthday cake ever. I know heaven is a better place with you there. i miss u. i heart u."

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 17th November 2011

"Berns it's your Big 40!  Wow,  but I have to admit you always did look like perpetually 20 years old! I miss you so much!  I know you are having an awesome fiesta birthday party in Heaven!  I love you and think of you everyday. If you were here i'd sing Las Mananitas for you! xoxoxo _ Lor"

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 17th November 2011

"I went to Mass this morning to pray and remember you.  Your Dad and the rest if the family has planned a Birthday Mass for you in Albuquerque to celebrate your life.  Just as you were surrounded by loved ones here on earth I know you are having a party up in Heaven surrounded by loved ones there. Eddie called me today and we laughed sharing memories of you.  Miss U  Happy Birthday Berns!"

This tribute was added by Kelly Peters on 17th November 2011

"Beloved Bernadette….The love you shared, the hope you inspired and the courage you displayed are forever etched in our hearts and minds.  You are irreplaceable.  We miss you dearly…"

This tribute was added by Georgina Cordova on 17th November 2011

"Happy Birthday Berns! I miss you very much! I had a dream about you, almost every night I dream with you in my dreams...  Bella and I sit and watch a slideshow I made of photos and music and we love to always see you! Love and miss you so very much! Happy birthday!! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoco muah"

This tribute was added by Amine A. on 17th November 2011

"Happy Birthday, Bernadette!  I bet you're rock'n it in Heaven!  :)  Today, like every day, you are in our hearts...and forever."

This tribute was added by olga guerra on 17th November 2011

"Happy Birthday Bernadette!!!  Dear cousin I know nothing can ever console you, but, she is the lucky one.  Jesus needed her to watch over you, me, mom, and everyone else who needs her.  Alice please keep in touch.  Mom is waiting for you to get to SA so she can go visit you and hold you.  She loves you like a mother. Take care. If there is anything you need please call.  Love you!  Tito"

This tribute was added by Aida Cerda on 16th November 2011

"My dearest amiga, thank you for appearing in my dream a few nights ago just as I remember you, beautiful, fiesty, and funny.  More to come I hope as I miss you terribly.  I will especially think of you tomorrow, the day of your birth and continue to be comforted knowing that where you are, God is.  You're in my heart forever, much love."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 16th November 2011

"Tomorrow is your Birth Day, but you have a new Birth Day, the day you returned to God.  Who send you to me on loan, to love and care for,  for a little while, until he could no longer be without you.  You were born into his arms, and I will cry for you until, I too, can no longer be without you.  You were so loved by me.  I thank Him for choosing me to care for you."

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 2nd November 2011

"It is Fall!  Virginia looks amazing and I wish you were here so we could walk, talk and laugh.  I miss you and the kids still talk about you.  They sing to you and I hope it makes you smile.    I went to mass to pray and found myself sitting below a stained glass picture of Saint Bernadette.  I feel you around me.  You make me want to be a better person, Berns.  Miss you so much.     Ally"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 20th October 2011

"I miss you more and more each day.  When I sleep, We are together doing the normal things we did during the day.  It is wonderful.  Our dream world is happy and you are healthy.  It makes me sad,  when I  wake up to emptiness without you."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 19th October 2011

"Berns-I know you were watching over me because the other night, I had another one of my nightmares. You know which ones. After I woke up and fell back asleep, I had a dream of you and you calmed me down. When I woke up, I was laughing, and then I started to cry. i miss you."

This tribute was added by Craig Marsh on 19th October 2011

"I miss you so much Bernadette, my little Sister, I miss our late-night conversations on the phone, where anytime I may have been down, you'd lift me right back up. I will forever cherish your friendship, and the two wonderful days we got to spend together in January. Love you :)"

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 11th October 2011

"Berns I still think of you everyday.  I want to just call you so bad.  I remember you well and healthy and just miss you so very much.  Sometimes I'll say something during the day that I just know you would find funny and I miss that you aren't here to laugh along side me."

This tribute was added by olga guerra on 1st October 2011

"dear cousin Bernadette's a remarkable young woman. I regret not knowing her.I downloaded tributes & pic's 4mom(Elida Arredondo)She really enjoyed them&brought comfort 2 her.She copied announcement you sent me&made copies 4 all including Tia Olga.My heart aches 4 u.luv u.takecare"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 1st October 2011

"I felt my baby the other day, when I hugged her picture to me and I pressed my forehead on hers, the way I used to do.
I felt her, not the photo
I felt the warmth of her skin on mine."

This tribute was added by Esteban Morales on 28th September 2011

"I had the privaledge of meeting Berny during an internship in Washington, DC in 2000. Throughout the years I found her to be extremely passionate, kind, and always full of laughter. She will be dearly missed, but I am thankful that I was privaledged in being in her presence."

This tribute was added by Niyati Shah on 27th September 2011

"So thankful for that metro ride years ago - you flashed a genuine smile full of brilliance and a joyous friendship blossomed - it is still a gift that keeps giving - just like YOU sweet Berns. There is no one like you, I am so blessed to have known and loved you xo"

This tribute was added by Norina C on 26th September 2011

"There is no one like you.  You were a strong, brilliant woman, you were kind, and compassionate towards others. When you spoke, people only wanted to listen.  I thank God for giving me such a great friend, you were like my sister. You're forever in my heart!"

This tribute was added by Paul Antony on 26th September 2011

"She was the bravest woman I ever knew. So strong, so courageous. She always smiled. She taught me how to walk a woman properly on the street. A quote from Ancient Greek Literature, 2500 years ago, says this:  
" Whom the gods love dies young." She was special."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 24th September 2011

"My Love
I see you everyday, laughing, walking, running on the beach, enjoying life.  You will always be alive in my memory and in my heart.  That carries me thru each hour of the day. It helps to keep the reality away."

This tribute was added by Alicia E. Gallegos on 23rd September 2011

"My Berns,
I am thinking of you today as I have been each and every day since I saw you last.  I visit this page to bring a smile to my face and see the smile on yours.  
I miss you especially today and wish we had 1 more day."

This tribute was added by Luca Gnagnetti on 23rd September 2011

"You are a special person and we are all lucky we had the chance of knowing you, of loving you.

I’ll keep and protect every single memory as a special treasure,

Love,

Luca"

This tribute was added by Luca Gnagnetti on 23rd September 2011

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house“ (Mt 5:14)

Your memory Bernadette will live within us and bright our dark days"

This tribute was added by Amine A. on 23rd September 2011

"Bernadette: You came into my life in an elevator and now you’ve taken the express elevator to Heaven. Remember your old promise to “put in a good word” for me with God. You promised.  You are truly missed down here.  I still can’t believe you are gone – too soon, too soon."

This tribute was added by Socorro Parra on 22nd September 2011

"Dearest Bernadette, I will always remember you as being a beautiful, wonderful, and remarkable young lady who took life's challenges with utmost incredible tenacity and courageously exemplified your endeavors with much success. Your love for family and others was unconditional."

This tribute was added by gabrielle parra on 21st September 2011

"Berns,I think about you all the time. I remember the tone of your pretty pitched voice when you would hollar "Gabs" at tia magda's. or when we would be singing in your honda hatch back.I miss you and I love you
Gabby"

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 19th September 2011

"Hey Berns...
Do you remember trying to teach me to dive at the pool at your old apartments off Juan Tabo? Instead, I kept doing something between a belly flop and a head torpedo b/c I needed to plug my nose....that was fun...xo-d."

This tribute was added by Lori Estrada-Willis on 19th September 2011

"My Berns!You look so beautiful in these pictures!  Not a day goes by I don't think of you or dream of you.I can still hear your wonderful voice.You were a sister to me a best friend and influenced my life in the best way!I love you and miss you so much. See you in Heaven!"

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 19th September 2011

"My love, Your search is over.  You have found true unconditional love next to God in heaven.  You were already his angel before you left.  You were looking up at me, remember?  I said. "you are so beautiful." you smiled.  "Your face is glowing, radiant." I told you."

This tribute was added by Raul Parra on 19th September 2011

"You lived with infinite vitality.You confronted daily challenges with the enthusiasm of a child.You shared with unbiased compassion and danced and sang with gregariousness absent of fears haunting your little body.Naturally,with courage you moved on to dance again. Luv,Your Uncle"

This tribute was added by Melinda Parra on 18th September 2011

"Bernie exuded happiness and enthusiasm. She was probably the most endearing person I have ever met.  Upon meeting my mom, she called her "tia" like she had known her forever.  I will always remember her with a smile on her face.  Beautiful Bernie, rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 17th September 2011

"Berns-I still tell people that story where you saved me and Georgia from being kidnapped by that creeper guy when we were walking home.  I still remember the funky orange pinto hatchback. You knew what he was going to do, you called it...and you saved us. Thank you. I love you-d."

This tribute was added by Denise Parra on 17th September 2011

"I think of you every day. I am comforted knowing you are with grandma now. You always had the right advice and the right things to say. I have your picture in my jewelry box, and I still say 'good morning' every morning. I miss you something awful. I heart you always. Kisses, -d."

This tribute was added by Georgina Cordova on 17th September 2011

"I always think of you Berns! I copied your photos into my computer and my daughter and I sit and look and reflect on your memory! I miss your laugh, your strength, but most of all I miss you! I love you Berns!"

This tribute was added by maricel robles on 15th September 2011

"Tia, I am so sorry for your lost.Cousin I love you,and think about you all the time.May you rest in peace.And I know I have an ANGEL looking down at us."

This tribute was added by Ed Estrada on 14th September 2011

"My Berns,I'm sending a letter to Heaven tied to balloon I'll cherish ur memories.Wish I could hug you one more  time.I'll keep u in my heart mind and soul and Love you till I Die and I'll be with you in  Heaven."

This tribute was added by Angelica Robles on 13th September 2011

"Bernie, my cousin I love you, think about you, and missing you. You will be forever etched in my heart and soul. Your home with God now and I know we will get to see your beautiful smile again."

This tribute was added by Maria Perales - Robles on 13th September 2011

"My dearest Bernadette you are my favorite and beloved niece. You will always be in my thoughts and my heart for eternity. We will see each other soon in heaven. Miss you so much!
Your Aunt Maria"

This tribute was added by Ereal Dominguez on 10th September 2011

"I'm so sorry Auntie for what you are going through. I remember Bernie always smiling, never did I not see her not happy. The last true memory I have of her is when you lived in San Antonio. Cousin you are greatly missed and never forgotten! You will live in our hearts forever."

This tribute was added by Patty Taylor on 9th September 2011

"Bernie, my sweet friend, I think of you every single day. I remember our childhood and the friendship we swore would last forever. Our lives took different paths but we always kept in touch. You will always be my best friend, you are greatly missed my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 6th September 2011

"She made our life complete.  She was the one who showed her love with words and actions.  Her smile made the room come alive and people wanted to be near her.  Her spirit in life, made others happy."

This tribute was added by Alice Estrada on 5th September 2011

"I want my daughter to live forever in my heart and in the hearts of those who knew her.  I set up this site so that we can remember her and share memories of her together.  There will never be anyone like her.  Beautiful, Intelligent, articulate, considerate, friendly and loving."


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