Maria Estela (“Stella”) Aguilera Brown, 91, of San Bernardino died May 28, 2018, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Colton on May 4, 1927, one of 12 children, to Refugio and Jose Y. Aguilera. Stella was a devoted mother and wife, and generous to those in need.
Stella was a hard worker all her life, beginning at a young age at her family’s business, La Nueva Reforma, on Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino. Later in life, she worked for the San Bernardino City Water Department, the Social Security Administration, and as a court interpreter for juveniles and injured workers.
Stella had a big heart and she loved helping friends and strangers alike. She volunteered for many worthy causes, and she cherished her trips to Baja California, where she served as an interpreter for the Flying Samaritans, a group of medical professionals dedicated to providing free health care to underserved populations in Baja California.
Stella is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years, Bomber Brown; her children Maria Ramos (Tommy), Catalina Lozano (Harvey Goldfine), Al Lozano (Katae); her sister Imelda Aguilera Hernandez; and her12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Stella made happy memories for many people and was deeply loved by her family and friends. Our lives are diminished by the loss of this beautiful woman, and she will be greatly missed.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday June 16, 2018 at the Elks Lodge, 2055 Elks Dr., San Bernardino, from noon to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Shawnee’s Smile at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2000, Loma Linda, CA 92354, or to the charity of your choice.