Marisa Arana transitioned back to God/Source/Light, on December 28, 2022.
Marisa was born in Managua, Nicaragua to parents Rodolfo Arana & Berta Chamorro on November 1, 1943. She moved to the United States when she was 16 years old, becoming a citizen during her adult life. She originally lived in Southern California and later relocated to Oregon where she spent her final years in the Newberg area.
Marisa had many passions. She often embarked on new adventures, seeking the answers to life’s most difficult questions. Her love for cooking and baking was without measure and led her to owning an Italian Restaurant via Arana Enterprises which allowed her to share this love with the local community. Marisa was also an avid gardener, and her green thumb was the envy of many.
Marisa pursued different spiritual and cultural practices throughout her life that she often shared with those who were blessed to have known her. She also loved to express herself through varying types of music and dance and it was through this love that led her sons to also develop a strong interest in music.
Marisa is predeceased by her parents and sisters Betsy (Arana) Fifield and Ruth Arana. She is survived by her three sons: Peter Deanda of Newberg, OR, Joseph Deanda, Jr. (Myra) of Redwood Valley, CA, and Anthony Deanda (Kathy) of Aurora, CO., two granddaughters Gabriella Deanda and Elena Deanda, three great-grandchildren, sister Rose, and brother Danillo, many nieces & nephews, and a very strong and loving spiritual community of friends across the country.
Marisa’s love and zest for life will be greatly missed. This quote from Mother Theresa, which Marisa was especially fond of, demonstrates how she strived to live her life:
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”