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Maria Refugio Rider (Castellanos)
Manteca resident
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Maria Refugio Rider (Castellanos), 85, entered into rest on April 27, 2010 in Manteca, California. She was born on July 4, 1924 in Jalisco to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesus and Maria (Navarro) Castellanos.  She joins her husband in heaven Robert E. Rider as well as her siblings Emma, Imelda, and Ivan.

 Mrs. Rider is survived by her beloved children Brenda Sotomayor and her husband Ernesto of Manteca, Maria E. Rider- Barreras and her husband Samuel of Hayward, and Ernest E. Rider of Manteca. She was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Veronica Rodriguez and her husband Enoch, Robert Leal, Nicholas Leal and his wife Judi, Chad Rider, Ernest Sotomayor IV and wife Leann, Blake Barreras, and Rene Sotomayor and his wife Katrina. She was a very special great-grandmother to 8 great-grandchildren.  In addition Maria is survived by one brother, Rene Castellanos, of Mexico.

Maria better known as “Bita” was an extremely loving and caring mother and grandmother. She loved playing games including Domino’s, Yahtzee, and especially Lotteria. Maria was a very caring lady always having a pet nick name for everyone in her family. She was compassionate about caring for her family; always being involved with their lives in whatever they did.  She was a wonderful grandmother and mother always full of kisses and hugs for everyone. Her favorite color was green and she loved finding “lucky pennies” on the ground for good luck. She had a beautiful voice singing Spanish music to her children and grandchildren as they grew up. She was well known for her delicious recipes as her family always volunteered for a taste before the meal. She had a gift of sewing, always knitting baby booties, blankets, Barbie clothes for her granddaughters and Christmas items for the family. Bita will be remembered as a beautiful woman who was kindhearted and loved by everyone.

 Mrs. Rider’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. Visitation will be held on Monday May 3, 2010 from 10 a.m. to noon held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Rd. Manteca. A graveside service will be held in her honor at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 2 p.m., 26320 Mission Blvd., Hayward. An online guest book is available for special messages to the family as well as condolences at
 Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, May 1, 2010