Rita was ahead of her times. Her laugh, smile, and loving will be missed
Dr. Villaveces, I could not be there today, but my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless and comfort you.
Rita was the older sister of my good friend, Barbara, when I was growing up in Ventura. I regarded Rita with awe and wonder during those years as she was so graceful and talented. How could anyone make such incredible dives off the high school diving board?? In addition, Rita always seem to have time to give me a friendly word or smile. As an adult I would visit Ventura with my children and when I saw Rita with Barbara's children it was obvious how much she adored her nephew and nieces.
She was a beautiful woman inside and out and I will miss her ever present smile. My heart goes out to you.
My Aunt Rita was the best Aunt a girl could ever wish for. Every summer my sister, brother and I would stay at Grandma and Grandpa's house for a month, and every day we would swim with Aunt Rita. She would also take us to the beach, take us to Pick-n-Save to buy us fun things (smelly erasers, small notepads, etc), and Thrifty for ice cream (mint chocolate chip for me, rainbow sherbet for Silvy). She taught us all how to swim. She bought us new bathing suits every summer. Watched our "performances" in the backyard. Made mud pies with us. Built sand castles with us. She just simply spent time with us. She was incredible. I cherish my memories with her. As I got older, she always sent wonderful notes with lots of stickers and smiley faces, and never forgot a birthday. I am so very glad that she got to meet my husband, Carter, and my kids, Amelia, Grayson & Matilda Ann (named after her). I will miss her for the rest of my life. We all love her so much, and we will miss her immensely. She will never be forgotten by her sister (my mom) Barbara, her nephew Nels, neices Silvy & Ingrid (me), and great-neices & nephews Annika, Lars, Britt, Charles, Walter, Amelia, Grayson & Matilda Ann.