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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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  1. To the best mother in the whole world. Mom, I love you so much and I miss you. We will see each other very soon.

  2. You were the best grandma that anyone could ever ask for. Im going to miss you sooo much thank you for always beig there for me and showing me so much love in my life. you’re always in my heart and life. I love and miss you

  3. To the most influential woman in my life. You were such an amazing person and exceptional mom! I will miss you more than you know. I am truly blessed to have such a beautiful angel watching over me. Love Jacque

  4. To the most influential woman in my life. You were such an amazing person and exceptional mom! I will miss you more than you know. I am truly blessed to have such a beautiful angel watching over me. Love Jacque

  5. Aurora, I always felt welcome in your home. I thank you for that. It was a pleasure knowing you. My condolences to all those who loved her. I know there were many.

  6. Aurora, I cannot begin to describe the influence you had on my life. If I needed to talk, you would listen to me like I was the only kid in the world, even with four (or more) other children running around behind you. You always had the best advice, and were quick with a laugh, smile or a warm hug. I truly am blessed to have been one of the many children that you’ve cared for.

  7. My grandma the best there was. She was always there for me and whenever i needed something she was there to give it to me. I will miss you grandma and I will always keep my memories with you in my heart. I love you.

  8. Aurora was the most unselfish, caring and loving mother. Aurora thank you for giving me my wife and for taking care of my son. I will always cherish you in my heart. We all have an angel looking over us. Aurora, until we meet again see you soon.

  9. Mom, Your in my heart always. You were the best mom with unconditional love! Love you Mom!

  10. I’m so blessed having my sister’s, Fabiola, Zonnia,Marina. You were all there helping mom! Your all AMAZING!!!

  11. Mom, The last few months you would ask us what you were going to do. You were not sure how to live without being able to do for others but especially when you were not able to do for yourself. We reassured you that everything was taken care of and now it was time for you to rest and enjoy your life. Now I find myself asking the same question – what am I going to do? What am I going to do without you? How do I live without being able to talk to you, to see you, to hear you and touch you? Then I think back and remember how strong you were. You never complained though you had good reason to. Nothing was ever too hard or difficult for you. You lost your mother too and if anything it made you stronger. So I will try to live up to your example as impossible as it might seem. The Lord was your strength and he has been my strength and the family’s also. We would be nowhere without Him. Many a time as I saw your body deteriorating, I wanted to run away. But, I leaned on the Lord and was able to care for you because of it. We will go on but we will never be the same. It was because you were the best mother that we hurt so much, and we were so blessed to have you. I will miss and love you forever, Zonnia.

  12. Aurora, You did not know me, but I feel like I knew you. Your son Alejandro and I have a mutual love for old vintage toys. Whenever he got one from me he would tell me how me how much you enjoyed them, and sometimes would laugh at them. I feel like maybe I played a very small part in putting a few smiles on your face. May God be with you and your family. Robert

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