Obituary Virginia De La Torre July 7, 2014
Published:  July 07, 2014

Virginia De La Torre

Virginia De La Torre “Kino” entered Heaven on July 1, 2014. Virginia was born August 24, 1930 in Santa Paula to Juan Alvarez & Vicenta Diaz Alvarez.

Virginia attended local Santa Paula Schools and graduated from Santa Paula High School and lettered in tennis. She loved playing tennis even after graduating. She loved going to Las Vegas, booking buses to travel to Laughlin & Vegas. She was a parishioner of Saint Sebastian Catholic Church. She worked as a cannery worker for years. She worked for Hubline, A-1 Sauce, Nabisco & the Chileria in Oxnard, CA.

She enjoyed dancing and introduced American Bandstand to her children. She was a good devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She never forgot our birthdays, anniversaries. She always marked her calendar with special days even Carlos Santana’s birthday. She always loved sending cards to her family, friends acknowledging them of several occasions, get well cards. She could always make you laugh where you thought you’d wet your pants. One of her favorite sayings to her children was “Don’t think that you’re too old that I can’t spank you”. We as children will miss her saying that to us, but will always remember that. She was proud of her town “Santa Paula” and would always say she was born & raised in Santa Paula & a life resident and proud of that. She would refer to living here as “God’s Country”. She always blessed our foreheads before leaving her home. We as children will forever continue to carry on this tradition. Go in Peace our beautiful Mother to be with God and your daughter Dianne whom you’ve loved and missed for so long.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Lucy Duran, Josie Gonzales, Jean Ramirez, brother John Alvarez , daughter Dianne and baby De La Torre.  She is survived by her husband of 64 years Frank De La Torre, daughter & son-in-law Lorraine & Rigoberto Sanchez of Arlington, Texas, son and partner Frank E. De La Torre and Peggy Harwood, sister Lala Gonzalez of Santa Paula, sisters-in-law Henrietta Eichert and Mary De La Torre, son in law Joe Molina, 7 grandchildren Hank (Henry) & Jestina Aguilar of Arlington, Texas, Joseph & Sahwa Molina of Santa Paula, CA, Samantha Anderson & husband Juan Arevalo of Houston, Texas, Jocelyn Molina of Ventura, CA, Rigo J. Sanchez of Arlington, Texas, Angel J. & Kylie Sanchez of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Haley Harwood of Oxnard, CA., 8 great-grandchildren Jennece Sanchez of Arlington, Texas, Ashley, Christopher , Seth and Vincent  Arevalo, Domanic and Drew Aguilar, Tristan Sanchez, great-great grandson Hunner M. Cavender, niece Lillian Lopez who was more like a sister, numerous nieces, nephews whom she loved dearly.

Visitation will be held from 12pm – 5pm, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Chapel of Angels, 600 East Santa Paula Street, Santa Paula followed with a rosary to be recited at 7:00pm at Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, 235 North Ninth Street, Santa Paula.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 also at Saint Sebastian Catholic Church with Father Thomas J. Dome, C.R.I.C. Officiating. Committal & Interment will follow at Santa Paula Cemetery.

For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Virginia’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula 805.229.7054

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