Dolores
Eskridge, Dolores Rose (Del), a 45 year resident of Palos Verdes, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009 in Rolling Hills Estates. Del was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church, the Palos Verdes Country Club, Los Fiestadores, Peninsula Seniors and the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She was 82. A native of St. Louis, Mo, Del married Robert Eskridge in 1947 when he returned from World War II. While raising their family in the University City neighborhood, they fully renovated an 1890's Colonial style home, which they also used to entertain guests from the Ralston Purina Company, where Bob was a marketing pioneer. A career move brought them to Southern California in 1964. They were happily married for 49 years. For 26 years, Del and her husband Bob operated LaVenta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates. She and their family built the business into the South Bay's premiere wedding reception venue. They refined and set the standard for wedding coordinator services, to complement the sweeping queen's necklace view of the Pacific at the Peninsula's first commercial structure. Del inherited from her mother a love for gardening, which she mastered in between work and family, and has since passed along to two generations. Her gardens were simple, appropriate and varied, with something smart to feature in each season. The seasons of her life took the same course, transitioning smoothly and smartly from wife and mother to career woman and community leader to grandmother and great-grandmother. Although dancing, golf and poker were certainly solid hobbies for Del, it was NFL football that captured her intense passion, initially for the Los Angeles Raiders and in later years for the San Diego Chargers. Also an avid swimmer, she is known literally worldwide for "the Del dip," a low-impact approach to aerobic exercise. She is survived by daughter Mary (Jack) Cochran of Boulder, CO, son Rob Eskridge of Truckee, CA, daughter Susan (Tim) Vieth of Sacramento, CA, daughter Diane (Fred) Williams of Redondo Beach, CA and sister Eileen O'Brien of Atlanta, Ga. Preceded in death by father, Edward Costello, mother, Rosina Costello, husband Robert Eskridge and son William Eskridge, also survived by her six granchildren and great grandson. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. Though it is not expected, in lieu of flowers those who wish may make a small donation to: * Torrance Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 3330 W Lomita Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505. * Juvenile Diabetes Foundation: jdf.org * St. Anthony Foundation - stanthony.org Cards to family should be sent to Del's house, 7 Clear Vista, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

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  1. To Diane and the Eskridge Family: I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, Dolores, “Del”. I know she was a great lady from what I can remember about her from high school and reading about her life. I just found out today but had I known sooner would have come to the services to show my support and friendship. May the love that surrounds you be a source of comfort at this time and the memories keep your Mom close to you. With thoughts, prayers, and love, Mariann McEniry, BMHS Class of 72

  2. We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Di. We wish we had heard sooner so we could have attended the service. Our prayers are with you and Fred and your family. Sending our love to you.

  3. Di, I am so sorry to hear of the recent passing of your mother. I know that the next few are going to be trying times. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that your mom will live on in your memories. She will be an angel watching over you. anita

  4. Diane and Family: Please accept my family’s condolences on the loss of your mom. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sharon (Garvey) Silengo

  5. To all of you Eskridges and spouses we send our heartfelt condolences…Our connection to you all and La Venta is one that is ingrained in our hearts…and the heart of you all was Mrs. E…Sharon and I were remembering how she used to energize and light up any party at La Venta that she visited or coordinated…Standing around the kitchen counter listening to her stories watching how she ramrodded that wedding toward its culmination…She was a focal point for so many people in so many situations…She will be dearly missed…We will miss her but will cherish the memories of her and that time in our lives…Love to you all…Gus & Sharon

  6. Jack & Mary, I haven’t seen you in years but reading of your mom’s passing brought you to mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  7. To all of Del’s family, Del was a great lady and so much fun !! She’ll be missed but still in our lives through our memories. Love to all, June

  8. I was shocked to receive this news in today’s mail. Del was a friend of long standing, and so much fun! Ed Costello and my Dad were best friends in Saint Louis. I was raised with Del and and Eileen. As children we played school, and being younger I was always the student. I loved to go to the Costello house…good barbecued ribs and chicken and dumplings on Sunday. Rose’s garden was beautiful. Del and Bob will always be missed and we hold them close to our heart. May God comfort you with the message of the resurection, “…because Jesus lives, we shall live also.” God bless and keep you all. How well I remember the Rice Stix get togethers, and all the children of the salesmen would join in the parties. Poker was a big past-time of the dads. Fondly I remember all the children, and the fun we had together. Memories I will cherish always. I also remember Bob and Del’s beautiful wedding and the house in University City…and the great card that would come at Christmas. It was fun to visit again in P.V. and Bermuda Dunes. I know you have great memories of your folks. Hold them close. God’s comfort to Eileen and your family. Bob and Del had a strong faith in their Lord and Savior and we rejoice in this. With much love, Rev. Stan and Dolores Quebe (nee Uthoff).

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