Francisco and Elvira Murguia
Irene as an infant Irene at nine years old
Irene Leon was born in San Bernardino California on April 17,1928. Her father, Francisco Murguia, and mother, Elvira Murguia, were born in Mexico but came to the United States when they were both young. Since then the Murguia family, with the exception of one brother, has always lived in San Bernardino.
Irene attending Ramona Elementary school, 2nd row, fifth from left.
Ms. Leon attended local schools: Ramona Elementary , Alessandro Junior High and San Bernardino High School. She married, raised a family and worked as a nurse's aide at St. Bernardine's Hospital for years. She retired in 1976 to help raise her grandchildren. The past five years she has been a teacher with Project Help( Hispanics and Elders Learning Partnership), a program affiliated with California State College at San Bernardino designed to have senior citizens active in teaching English in the community.
Irene at 15 years of age
Irene and her husband Manuel in 1990