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Family Of Woman Who Died Recently Keep Her Christmas Village Tradition Going

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ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – A Roseville woman known for her Christmas display village passed away last week, but her family is honoring her memory by keeping her tradition going.

Every holiday season for decades, Isabel Bravo put up an elaborate Christmas village display in the back of Old Town restaurant in Roseville.

“She would always say: ‘Don’t touch nothing. Let me put it up.’ So we would always watch her put it up. That was her thing,” said Maria Bravo-Glessner, Isabel’s daughter.

Hundreds of miniature houses, trains and thousands of figurines brought joy to the community.

“Everybody enjoyed it. It was immensely popular,” said Manny Bravo, Isabel’s son.

A few years ago, Isabel closed the restaurant and moved the display back to her home. And just last week, Isabel passed away at the age of 78, right before the holiday she loved so much.

“The night she passed, I was talking to my aunt her sister, and she said you have to put up her snow village in her memory,” said Bravo.

With her family’s blessing, Isabel’s son Manny decided to continue the tradition she started back in the 80′s. Manny says he can feel her presence- and that’s helping him heal.

“There’s so many feelings from joy to sadness to longing, to missing to love,” said Bravo. “All this has helped heal me. It’s very healing and nurturing.”

The display is now in the family’s private home and is not open to the public.

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