Guillermina (“Mina/Guille”) Grijalva, 77, of El Cajon, California, passed away on February 28, 2023
surrounded by her loving family. Mina was born on March 8, 1945, to Juan Rodriguez and Evarista
Silva in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.
In 1963, Mina met the love of her life, Jesus (“Jess/Chuy”) in Tecate – it was love at first sight. Mina
and Jess moved to San Diego, California, after they married in September of 1965. They raised four
beautiful children: Ben, Gaby, Diana and Leah.
Mina was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was so very dedicated to her
family and loved her faith. She was Pope John Paul II’s biggest fan. She rooted for her beloved Padres
any chance she could. She was always gentle and truthful with her sage advice and her sense of humor
was beyond compare. She always made her doctors, nurses and medical staff laugh and they all loved
her. She had the sweetest smile and an infectious laugh. She always had a kind word for everyone and
loved with a full heart.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jess, her son Ben, his wife Christine and children, Jacob, Joey
and Maria; her daughter Gabriella Peñaloza and her husband Gabriel; her daughter Diana Burrows
and her family, Paul and Analyn Burrows; and her daughter Leah Grijalva and her husband Rick
A rosary and closed casket visitation will be held at East County Mortuary at 374 Magnolia Ave, El
Cajon, CA 92020 on March 7, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Kieran Catholic Church at 1510 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon, CA 92019
on March 8, 2023, at 10:00 AM. Mina’s favorite color was blue. If you would like to wear something
blue in her honor, please feel welcome to do so.
Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery located at 4470 Hilltop Dr, San Diego, CA 92102 at
approximately 12:00 PM following the mass.
A Celebration of Life reception will be held on March 8, 2023, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Ronald
Reagan Community Center at 195 E Douglas Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020.
In lieu of flowers, we instead ask for donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation Inc. Please scroll down to the donations tab below to click on the link and donate.