Funeral services were pending Tuesday for Guadalupe “Lupe” Padilla, mother of California Secretary of State and former Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Guadalupe `Lupe’ Padilla, wife of Santos; mother of Julie, Alex and Ackley; mother-in-law of Angela and Patty; grandmother of Christian, Roman, Alex, Diego, Kaylyn, Kathryn and Khloey, and friend to all,” according to a statement from the Padilla family released through the Secretary of State’s office.

Lupe Santos, who lived in Los Angeles, was 74 years old. She emigrated from Mexico to the United States, where she met her husband and had three children. According to the family, she worked as a housekeeper for 40 years.

“Lupe was selfless and always found ways to serve and help others,” according to the family. “We will always remember her for her sense of humor, her faith, her incredible cooking, her love of the Tarahumara people, her resourcefulness, her creativity and her love of music — especially trio music and Mexican ballads.

“… We will miss her tremendously, but take comfort in knowing that she now rests in peace as she awaits us in heaven.”

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