Nympha Maria Board, a lifelong California resident and 33-year resident of Yucca Valley, died Jan. 3, 2020, in Rancho Cucamonga due to longtime existing carcinoid tumors that had enlarged, causing damage to her vital organs. She was 93 years old.
The daughter of Frank M. Otero and Sarah Colin Otero, she was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Long Beach.
Nee Nee, as she liked to be called, was mother to so many more than just her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To say she loved babies would be an understatement. She had a longing and tender love for every baby she saw. And the babies could sense that love. She would be walking in a grocery store and when she would spot a baby there would be an instant spontaneous connection. She would smile at him or her and make some kind of hand gesture and almost every time, the baby would smile back at her. Then, with the mother’s permission, the babies would go to her and let her hold them. She was a real baby magnet. This is why her profession in life was as a foster parent for newborn babies. She fostered 110 babies over many years. Then with all that experience she continued to do child care both in her home and for the churches that she attended. Even as her health was failing, a baby in her arms or just by her side would bring a smile to her face.
Nee Nee was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Hill Board, her parents, Frank Otero and Sara Otero, her brother, Frank Otero, and her sister Gloria Otero Casey.
She is survived by her sister Zuey Samaniego; her children, Thomas A. Board and his wife, Christine Board, of Rancho Cucamonga, Gloria Jean Jensen and her husband, Jimmy Jensen, of Rancho Cucamonga, and Gordon Keith Board, of Yucca Valley.
She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Tyson, Ryan, Jody, Gregory, Dayna, Shay, Courtney, Tiffany, Garrett, Crystal, Keyera and Summery, as well as 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 14, 2020. at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.
She is loved and missed by many. She was such an incredible woman. She always brought our family together. She could always put a smile on your face . She loved eating with her family. If you knew her, you knew dessert was her favorite meal. Always a must have. She loved everyone. Family was everything to her. She lived such a long, beautiful life. We love you and miss you!