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Family members and friends surprised Salinas resident Marina Ocampo on her 80th birthday with a traditional "Mariachi Mañanitas" at her doorstep on Sunday morning. Ocampo is still actively serving the migrant community through the Diocese of Monterey, bringing spiritual and practical support to migrant camps throughout the county. She was an undocumented wife/mother herself in the 50’s and 60’s, living in a small shack on Rider Avenue in Salinas. She managed to raise seven kids and sent them all to college, later becoming a community leader. For her 28 years of service to the migrant community, Ocampo received the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross" in 2013, the highest honor given to a lay person from the Vatican.
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