Sad news from the San Manuel Indian Reservation and for all of California Indian Country:
Pauline "Dimples" Murillo, an elder of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, died Friday. She was 76.
Born on the San Manuel Reservation in 1934 with both Cahuilla and Serrano heritage, Murillo grew up learning tribal history, culture and language that she would later share outside of her community.
Murillo, who was married to her husband, George, for 58 years, was the mother of three, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 19.
"Nothing meant as much to her as her family - keeping everyone together and being together for the holidays," said daughter Lynn Valbuena of Orange. "We always tried to be there for her."
She was caring and generous, always wanting to help people, Valbuena said. Murillo and her husband have been known for their philanthropy, donating time and funds to hospitals, schools and nonprofit organizations in the the region.
In 2009, the Murillos donated $800,000 to Cal State San Bernardino to build an observatory that bears the family name. In 2008, the family's contribution to Loma Linda University Medical Center enabled the hospital to expand its lounge for oncology patients and their families.
A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Friday on the San Manuel Reservation. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday on the reservation, with visitation from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View Chapel, 570 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino.