Anita “Annie” Torres-Valez was born on 4th of November 1901 in the town of Dwyer, New Mexico (later changed to Faywood, New Mexico). The 4th child of Francisco Torres and Andrea Donaldson, any spent her early childhood and adolencence on the Mimbres Valley in Grant County New Mexico.
Annie went to a nearby school with her siblings and was formally taught by Maude McSherry until 6th grade and then formally went to work.
In 1921, Annie moved to the city of Central, NM (now Santa Clara), and worked at the Fort Bayard military hospital. She worked in the nursing headquarters and later also helped her sisters get jobs at the same facility. In 1922 she welcomed the birth of her daughter Juliana “Julie” and moved back to her family’s ranch in Faywood. Later that year, her mother Andrea encouraged her to move west to Los Angeles and help establish a life of her own. She was the independent sibling who led the way to California. She made the trip with a family family Josie and rented a small home in East Los Angeles (with her sister Dora). She began working at the American Can company and just like at Ft. Bayard, she was also able to get her sisters jobs.
A few years later, Annie married Francisco “Frank” Valdez, an electrician and raised Julia in their East Los Angeles home. Her sister Harriet and husband Teolodo also lived with them upon the start of their own marriage. During the 1940’s Annie and Frank welcomed their first grandchildren and spent a lot of time with the children.
Christmas was a special time for Annie. It was during this special holiday that she would often dress as Santa Claus and carry a big bag of christmas gifts down a hill at her mother’s home in South Pasadena.
Annie was very good at keeping home and at one point owned a restaurant in West Los Angles. Her home was often decorated nicely and was always clean and organized.
It was Annie’s independence that brought the entire Torres family to California and without her dedication, handwork and effort, the family would not have been able to establish a live in Southern California. Annie passed away in 1973 but her legacy remains forever. Annie is interned at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA.