Mary Jane Avila Orozco

Feb. 23, 1933 – Feb. 23, 2024


Mary Jane Avila Orozco of La Crescenta passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 23 on her 91st birthday.

Mary Jane was born in Porterville, California to Candido and Mary Avila on Feb. 23, 1933. She earned her AA degree from Porterville College – the first woman in her family to get a college degree.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, word puzzles and scrapbooking and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was actively involved in her community through PTA and serving in her parish working with the group that cleaned the church weekly and served many years as a Eucharistic minister.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband of 68 years Gilbert Orozco; her children Connie Udabe (Roger), Kelly Costinett (Dan), Michael Orozco; and her six grandchildren: Rachel Udabe (Vishal Jain), Amanda Costinett, Dylan Costinett, Lauren Udabe, John Udabe and Olivia Udabe. She was preceded in death by her parents Candido and Mary Avila and her brother Candido Avila Jr.

There will be a viewing at Crippen Mortuary, 2900 Honolulu Ave. in La Crescenta on Thursday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. Mary Jane will be laid to rest in Tulare, California. There will be a viewing at Miller Mortuary in Tulare on Friday, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. with a rosery. Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Tipton, California. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be at Tulare Public Cemetery on Monday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Mary Jane enjoyed her garden and loved receiving flowers. The family asks that in lieu of donations send flowers to someone to brighten their day in her honor.