Escondido, CA

Manuela Alvarez, 97

Manuela “Mickey” Negron (Fernandez) Alvarez, age 97, of Escondido, California passed away peacefully on Friday February 16, 2018 in her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Alvarez was born May 22, 1920 in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico to Jose & Manuela Fernandez. Mickey was their 9th child together, of 18 children.

In the early 1940’s, she moved to New York City in pursuit of the American Dream. With Spanish as her first language and an elementary education, she became a very successful business woman and restaurateur. Mickey, and her late husband, Tony, owned three restaurants together and served their communities for over 50 years.

Their last restaurant, the Lazy H Ranch in Pauma Valley, California was one of their greatest achievements. Mrs. Alvarez was known as a strong and confident woman who loved her family fiercely and truly became a role model for many Latinas in search of their own American Dream.

She is proceeded in death by her husband of 64 years: Tony Alvarez, and her son Ronald Alvarez. She is survived by her four sisters; Aurea, Leida, Miriam, and Rachel, her daughter Vivian and husband Jim Olynger and their 4 children; Jennifer Bond, Greg Olynger, Alison Shuai, and Whitney Carnohan. Her daughter in-law- Diane Alvarez, and her children Sean and Stacey Alvarez. She is also survived by her 11 great-grandchildren: Addison Bond, Gavin Carnohan, Parker Carnohan, Ava Bond, Cooper Carnohan, Coral Olynger, Sadie Shuai, Ronan Carnohan, Bodhi Olynger, Benjamin Shuai, and Molly Shuai.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday April 6, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary, 1999 El Camino Real Oceanside.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Alvarez family. Donations may be made to either Elizabeth Hospice or the Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund by Global Giving (

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