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GLENDALE HEIGHTS - Erlinda L. Rios, 69, was called to be with the lord on Wednesday June 6, 2018, with her Sister Adele Carranza, Son Salvador Rios Jr. and Daughter Duvelsza Baxter, by her side. She is predeceased by her Father Thomas Lozano, her Mother Mariana Ochoa and Granddaughter Angel Marie Rios. She is survived by her Sisters Betty Pineda (Pete), Zulema Ramirez, Adele Carranza and Brother Thomas Lozano Jr., Son Salvador Rios Jr., Duvelsza Baxter (Steve), 9 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren. She was born and raised in Cotulla, Texas, and helped her parents pick cotton from local farms. She often would tell her grandchildren of adding rocks to her load to finish early to play. These were one of many stories of her childhood that she would recall. Dancing was a family event, often going with her parents and sisters and continued throughout her life. She loved to dance grabbing her kids or grandkids to dance, laughter being the only music needed. Her laughter was very infectious. The very sound being contagious, belling the essence of her spirit. To know her was to be loved and cared for by her. She was a morning person ... often barging in and singing to her children when they were small. Much to their chagrin. Coupled with her warm and loving heart, was her sense of adventure. Her grandchildren knew all too well, they were often whisked away on to unknown adventures. She had a great sense of humor, you never knew where you were going. Spontaneity being the key. An example of one adventure was being challenged at Six Flags Great America by grandma to get on the most terrifying ride in the park. She wanted her kids and grandkids to be fearless. She was a true sportsman (women), she loved watching her Cubs, Dallas Cowboys or local teams. Even at the end asking her son (Sal) about the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Her Sister Adele Carranza would recall a major surgery she had underwent in 1983 and the poring of love and support from her baby sister Linda Rios and remembers the feeling that she (Linda) didn't want her (Adele) to leave her side, the two of them having been inseparable for most of their lives. This is the feeling she imparted to all those around her. The feeling of being wanted and needed. Family and friends will recall the immediate change of any room she walked into. A true Guardian Angel she helped and healed those who needed her with her words and kind heart. I know she would have imparted to her family to live love and laugh. Often singing "be kind to your parents ... " but perhaps more so to each other. Family will receive friends June 15, 2018 from 2-8pm at a private Memorial. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Countryside Funeral Homes and Crematory, Streamwood/Schaumburg, 630-289-8054 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on June 13, 2018
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