Carmela M. Meredith (Vengoechea) was born in Mexico City in 1922. She came with her parents, along with a brother and sister to Chicago when she was six years old. She attended Wright College in Chicago and achieved a degree there. She also attended the Art Institute of Chicago.
She met her husband Paul when they both worked for an advertising company, she as an artist, he as a copywriter.In 1951 they married and spent two years at Fort Bliss, Texas, while he was in the army. Following his release from the service at the end of the Korean War, they moved to San Jose, California, Santa Clara, and finally to Los Gatos in 1957. Mrs. Mererdith cared for her son and three daughters but when the youngest started college she became an assistant to the designers at Martino’s Interior Design in downtown Los Gatos where she worked until she retired after twenty years at age 80.
Mrs. Meredith was active in several Los Gatos community organizations, including the American Association of University Women, the Los Gatos Community Concerts organization, the Los Gatos faculty wives club, and served as an art docent in elementary schools.
Carmela Meredith was a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Los Gatos. She was prioress of St. Mary’s order of Carmelites, the first woman lector, eucharistic minister to the sick, and a teacher in the children’s educational program. She and her husband led the high school students “CORE” program and for half a century she was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference.
She leaves behind her husband of 66 years, four children Mark, Mrs. Marisa Reid, Mrs. Paula Moser, and Mrs. Wendy Doty, and six grandchildren: Mark and Jennifer Meredith, Brent Moser and Samantha Moser Wingo, and Hailey and Shane Doty.
She was laid to rest at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery on May 25th. A mass and celebration of life will be held Tuesday June 5th at 9:00 at St. Mary’s Church located at 219 Bean Ave in Los Gatos.
She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.