Rufina Elsie Berber Cervantez was born on March 11, 1927 in Beeler, Kansas as the fifth child to her parents, Antonio Berber and Gregoria Galvan, who are both deceased. Her siblings were Tiburcio Berber, deceased, Carmen Zambrano, her only living sister; Cleofus Cervantez, deceased, Andrea Strong, deceased, sister, Georgina Rios, deceased, and step-sisters and step-brothers from California. She attended a one-room school in Finney County and graduated from 8th grade. In 1977, Rufina received her high school diploma from Box Elder School District.
Rufina married Augustine Cervantez in November 1953. They moved 20 miles west of Snowville, Utah in 1960 to work at Taylor Farms. They had eight children, with one daughter, Geraldine, who died as an infant. Her husband died on August 2, 1963. She and her children moved to Snowville, Utah shortly after. Rufina was a mother and father to her seven children. She cooked great Mexican food, especially delicious flour tortillas and enchiladas, canned different fruits and vegetables, raised chickens and a garden with her children, made handmade quilts, and helped her family, neighbors, and friends.
Rufina bought a home in Tremonton, Utah in the summer of 1975. She attended and was very active, for years, in her church, Santa Anna Catholic Church, in Tremonton, Utah. For 18 years, Rufina worked for Bear River Head Start as a teacher assistant for 3 and 4-year old children, From 1995 to 2000, she worked for the YWCA. Her community projects included a 4H assistant, PTA Vice President for the Snowville Elementary School, Cub Scout Assistant, and a member of the Low Income Housing Committee in Tremonton, Utah.
She spent a lot of time with her children and grandchildren, especially during holidays. Christmas was spent at her home annually with family and she enjoyed coloring Easter eggs with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rufina loved her family, spending time outdoors and having family get together events with her sister, Cleo, and other relatives who visited from Kansas, Texas, Colorado, and California. Her hobbies included reading, cooking, and embroidery.
She resided in her home in Tremonton until 2017 when she moved to the Bear River Valley Care Center due to her blindness. In 2019, she moved to Brigham City, Utah to live at Mission at Maple Springs for two years.
Rufina died on 12/22/21 at the age of 94.
She leaves behind her adult children and their spouses, which include Raul Berber Cervantez and spouse, Linda, in Estancia, New Mexico; Ben Cervantez and spouse, Nancy, Roy, UT; Mary Gil and spouse, Art, Ogden, Utah; Arthur Cervantez, deceased and spouse, Diana Cervantez, Tremonton, Utah; Teresa Kenedy and spouse, Charles, Amarillo, TX; Daniel Cervantez, Tremonton, Utah; and Tina Sisneros and spouse, Anthony, Amarillo, TX.
Rufina had 17 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild on the way. She remained close to her nephews and niece: Ramiro Cervantez, Sacramento, CA; Louis Cervantez, Spain; Ruben Cervantez, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Connie Tovey, Salt Lake City, UT.
Funeral Mass will be held on Monday December 27, 2021 at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home (111 North 100 East Tremonton, UT) at 11 AM. There will be a viewing held prior from 9-10:00 AM with the Rosary from 10-10:45 AM. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed below.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: Santa Anna’s Catholic Church, 760 West 600 North, Tremonton, Utah 84337 or the Cervantez Scholarship fund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.