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Phyllis Villa Riding (Rathke)

Newbury Park, CA

Phyllis Villa Riding (Rathke), seventy-nine years old, passed away peacefully at her home in Newbury Park on Monday, March 25, 2019 at approximately 8:30 a.m. with her loving, devoted husband of fifty-nine years, Gil Leonard Riding, by her side.  Phyllis was born in Chicago, IL on March 5, 1940 to the late Paul and Caroline Rathke.  In 1958, she graduated from Paradise High School located in CA and subsequently attended Newbury School of Beauty in Van Nuys, graduating in 1959.  On March 2, 1960, Phyllis married Gil Leonard Riding in Paradise, CA.  For many years, she was employed as a consultant with Jafra Cosmestics International and worked along-side her husband, Gil, in the family business- Conejo Lock and Key.

Survivors include two children and their spouses, Chara Marie Parraco and husband, Andrew, of Stirling, Scotland and James Leonard Riding and his wife, Alicia, of Aliso Viejo, CA.  Phyllis also is survived by three grandchildren, Nicholas James Parraco of O’Fallon, IL; Weston Charles Parraco of Stirling, Scotland; and Natasha Elise Riding of Aliso Viejo, CA, as well as a great-grandchild, Lucas Charles Parraco.  Lastly, she is survived by her brother Dick Rathke of Las Vegas, NV. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Denise Ilene Riding; her step-father, Henry Almond; brother Henry Almond, Jr.; and sister, Carmen Goggia. 

Phyllis will be greatly missed by her loved ones.  A memorial service will be scheduled; location, date and time will be announced to family and friends.  A special, heart-felt thanks is extended to Buena Vista Hospice for their dedicated, compassionate care during Phyllis’s last days.


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