Jessie Marie Calleros (also known as Cha Cha) was the only girl among 6 brothers born to Maria and Bartolo Jimenez. She was named Jesus Maria Jimenez on March 25, 1934 in Chandler, Arizona. Jessie graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1952. She worked at Norton Air Force Base as an aircraft sheet metal worker (Rosie the Riveter) as well as a tab operator. At 19 yrs old Jessie eloped to Las Vegas to marry her neighborhood boyfriend Robert Calleros and remained married for 65 yrs in San Bernardino. They had six children: Salvador (Jerry), Diane (Doomps), Joe (Yo-Yo), Sandra , Lawrence, and Albert.
Jessie is survived by her brother Del Jimenez, 5 children,
5 biological Grandchildren, 2 biological Great-Children, 1 in “the oven”. She has acquired many brother/sister in-laws, children in-laws, step grandchildren, etc. Too many to name.
Jessie enjoyed traveling the world, visiting her son and daughter in-law to every deployment. She loved Las Vegas.
Jessie enjoyed volunteering at her church, gardening, reading, Bingo at the San Manuel Casino, sewing, knitting, crocheting, watching sports and news on television, fishing with Bob, sitting under her orange tree. She also enjoyed Geneology and going to the beach. It was especially fun to watch her on the Boogie Board.
Jessie enjoyed coronas and chicken tacos, sweets—snicker bars and German Chocolate cake in particular.
Jessie was always fun to be with. She will be remembered for her out going personality, love of the Catholic Church, devotion to her family and loyalty to her husband. She had a wry sense of humor and always had a witty comment to deliver. We all loved her beautiful smile and kind heart, accepting and giving nature. She was a beloved “adopted” mother in the Muscoy neighborhood where she raised her family.
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