February 2, 1930 ~ July 13, 2012
Our precious mother, Aurora Lourdes Del Rio passed away Friday, July 13, 2012. Aurora was born March 2, 1930 in National City to Cruz and Adela Lara. She spoke often of the beautiful childhood she experienced in San Diego and Tijuana in the 1930's through the 1950's. She married Virjilio Del Rio in 1955. She moved to Redondo Beach soon after and was a resident until her passing. Above all else, Aurora was a mother to everyone. She babysat the neighborhood kids from the 1970's through the 1990's and you were truly blessed to be one of her children. She never forgot any of her kids and thought and spoke of all of you often. Her life was a life of devotion to others. Our mom was the most unselfish person. She simply was not happy unless she was caring for or helping others and we are all better people because of her. When she was unable to care for others anymore it broke her heart and she slowly lost her grip on life. We were blessed to be able to care for her these past few months. She passed away peacefully at home with all of us by her side. We will never forget the beautiful smile that spread on her face as she met her Lord and will treasure that moment forever. Her precious parents and her husband predeceased her. She is survived by her children Alejandro Del Rio, Fabiola Duran, Zonnia Gonzalez, Marina Peralta, and Jacque Hockensmith, along with her beautiful grandchildren who brought so much joy to her life; Miranda Duran, Cruz Peralta, Haley and Hanna Hockensmith. She is also survived by her loving sisters, Amparo Rivera, Alicia Garcia, and Adela Gomez along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved so much. "One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much was in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child." Mom, we just don't have the words to express how much you meant to us. You left us a beautiful example to live by. We were so blessed God chose us as your children. We will never forget you and will love and miss you forever until we all meet again. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the amazing hospice team from Torrance Memorial Hospital. Without their help, we would have never been able to take care of our mom at home. Services will be held Friday, July 20th at 2:00 PM at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance with a reception immediately following.
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