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Luisa Islas Richardson

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Luisa Islas Richadson passed away after a short stay at Cedar Sinai hospital. She was born in Havana, Cuba. Her mother, Maria Luisa Diaz, was Cuban and her father, Humberto Islas, was Mexican. The family, including Luisa's two siblings, moved to Mexico City where the three children received their education. Luisa, the eldest, was known for her kindness, generosity, and wit. She was a great hostess and had exquisite taste in fashion. Her beloved sister, Alicia Fernandez-Manero (decease) was also one of the most elegant ladies of Mexico, and was married to Victor Fernandez- Manero, Governor of the State of Tabasco, Mexico, and Ambassador of Mexico to Paris and the Vatican. Luisa's brother, Antonio Islas (deceased) was the Consul of Mexico in New York City, Chicago, Antwerp, and Sacramento. Following the divorce of her first husband, Ed Tabor, she lived the remainder of her long life in Los Angeles. In 1963 she married socialite William Hord Richardson whose great grandfather was among the first land owners in California and Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. The Richardson family were one of the first members of the Los Angeles Country Club and founded and edited the Los Angeles Bluebook (the social register of Southern California). After William Richardson died in 1969 Luisa continued editing the Los Angeles Blue Book. Luisa and her sister and brother traveled all over the world and collected antiquities. Two years ago Luisa married the Marquis Rafael de Marchena-Huyke after a fifty-seven year friendship. Over the years they enjoyed life: traveling through Europe, attending dinner parties, the theater, opera and ballet, and entertaining their friends at the Los Angeles Country Club and at their new home in Hancock Park. Luisa will be tremendously missed by all the many lives that she very lovingly touched. A funeral mass will be held at St. Victor's Catholic church on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 20, 2015
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