Ines Villafane-Leon

July 22, 1934 ~ October 29, 2021 (age 87)


                                                                      Obituary for Ines Villafane-Leon


Ines Villafañe-León,(AKA Mrs. Orlob, Mrs. Turner), a beloved teacher and mother. Born July 22, 1934 in Santiago, Chile, and died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, October 29, 2021. She attended the University of Santiago, Chile, and received a Fulbright Scholarship that brought her to the U.S. She worked for UNESCO, a specialized cultural agency of the U.N. as a multilingual translator. She became a US citizen and studied at UC Berkeley where she received her Masters in Education. She taught Spanish, English and ESL at various school districts: Orinda Unified S.D., San Mateo Union H.S. District, and Sequoia Union H.S. District. She was very proud of creating the New-Comers Center at Sequoia & Woodside HS’s, where she received the J. Russell Kent Award for Best Multi-Cultural Program. She loved to teach her students & travel with them to Europe. She retired from teaching in 1997. She loved music, dancing, writing and traveling. She traveled often with her children and grandchildren to Mexico, Europe, Chile and other places around the world.


She published three books: Viento Del Sur, A Story for All Seasons (Bilingual), and Oye! Fernando!.


She is survived by her daughters: Patricia Pierce, Cindy Olivieri, Jessica Henry, Pam Pike, and her son Mark Villafañe-León. She is also survived by her 10 Grandchildren and 11 Great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother Elba Herrera and father Alejandro Herrera. We will all have loving memories of her and she will truly be missed by the many lives she touched and affected.


We will be having a “Celebration of Life” memorial in Sacramento at:

3416 Harger Ct, Sacramento, Ca.95821

Sat.Nov.20, 2021, 10:00am-2:00pm. Open to all family and friends.


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