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Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary

23287 North Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA

OBITUARY

Rachel Elizabeth Diaz

August 7, 1951February 6, 2020
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Rachel Elizabeth Diaz, age 68, passed away peacefully February 6, 2020. She was born August 7, 1951 in Los Angeles, California to Agapito (deceased) and Hortencia Diaz. She was the 5th of 10 children: Felix (deceased), Johnny, Raymond, Virginia, Manuel, Yolanda, Jessie, Melinda, and Joey. She married her high-school sweetheart, Ruben Medellin, in December of 1970. They parted ways in 1993. In 1994 she met her knight in shining armor, Roger, who valiantly stood by her side through all of life’s ups and downs.

Rachel was a warm, loving, strong, and resilient woman who was an inspiration to so many. Anyone who sat and listened to her endless stories about her life and all she endured will attest to that. She was an avid reader and researcher whose mind was full of knowledge which she shared with many. She enjoyed spending time with those she loved, working in the yard, weekend road trips, cooking for her family, and mostly getting pampered at the spa. Rachel is survived by her 100 year-old mother, her Nina Rose Gonzalez (Godmother), her 5 brothers and 3 sisters, her companion Roger, her daughters, Ursula and Iris; son in-law Fernando; Godchildren Margie, Nick, and Andrea; grandchildren- Fernando Elijah, Sophia Raquel, Joaquin Diego, and Vivian Elizabeth.; plus her many nephews and nieces. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Please join us to celebrate her life Friday morning February 28, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. at St. Clare Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center Cedar Sinai.

Services

28 February

Visitation

10:30 am - 11:00 am

St Clare Roman Catholic Church

19606 Calla Way
Canyon Counrty , California 91351

28 February

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Clare Roman Catholic Church

19606 Calla Way
Canyon Counrty , California 91351

28 February

Graveside Service

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Eternal Valley Memorial Park

23287 N. Sierra Highway
Newhall, California 91321

Memories

Rachel Elizabeth Diaz

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Terri Casares-McCormick

February 27, 2020

I met Rachel and Roger at the Burbank airport. We were flying to Reno, Nevada. They were having a discussion which prompted me to join in. I introduced my self and my husband.
Sometime in April 2009 we were both diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately Rachel had 2 different cancers and I had one. Over the years we shared our treatment, the medicine we took and the famous side effects.
Rachel had a tremendous will to live. She was a fighter. She was her best advocate.
Her daughter Ursula was a huge influence on her. Rachel helped so many people and did it all with a kind and loving heart.
When she met Roger, her life turned around and so did his. Behind every great man is a strong and powerful woman!
I remember the hours on end phone calls we had. I along with many others will miss her. May our Heavenly Father bless and protect her soul. I ask and pray in the holy name of Jesus Christ. Live in peace.🙏

Kim Smith

February 26, 2020

My dear Rachel, I truly believe we met for a reason. I just happen to be floating to the canyon country lab when you came in for some lab work and I got the pleasure of getting you as my patient. You sat in the chair and that was it, we had a bond immediately we talked and talked like we already knew each other. And then one day I got Valencia 1 as permanent home and little did I know your daughter Iris worked there too. I loved all of our conversations we had. You have the kindest heart anyone could have. You loved to talk all about your family especially your grand kids. You are so positive and always had a smile on know matter what you were going through or how much pain you were in. Rachel thank you for coming into my life, may you Rest In Peace and never feel pain again! Love always Kim

Stephanie Hindes

February 24, 2020

February, 2020

Dear Rachel,

You have been such a positive influence on my life. You have taught me through your words and deeds what it means to be a strong, independent woman who loves life. The very first time I met you, you talked to me about being my own person and not depending on another person. You taught me how to make the best Mexican rice, but the most important lesson you taught me was to be the life of the party. I remember you planning and hosting epic parties during which you made sure everyone was having a good time. You always saw people and knew just what they needed. You saw me as a 12 year old girl and gave me just what I needed, and I can’t thank you enough. I am who I am because of you.

First on the dance floor, last to leave. You were always the heart and soul of every party. You loved life and fought hard to hold on to it. You enjoyed every minute of it, even during the hard times.

I am so glad I came to visit you just after Christmas. It was hard to see you in so much pain. Through the pain, you were still so cheerful and trying to take care of others. You poured out love on the world. Even stranger’s lives were made better because of you. There was a moment during my visit when I went into your room to talk to you and found you asleep. You looked so radiant and beautiful in your brief, sweet escape from the pain. I just looked at you and felt the presence of angels all around you.

I am sure you are making Heaven a better place now. Please know that we love you and will try to be as loving, kind, and vibrant as you taught us to be.

Descansa en paz, Raquel, y enséñales a todos esos ángeles a bailar.

Con Amor Eterno,
Stephanie

Vincent Hundelt

February 24, 2020

Nanny Rachel you will be greatly missed. Love you so much.

Cristina H

February 24, 2020

Mama Rachel is etched in our hearts. She was a beautiful woman with a forever warm smile and strong determination. One of my favorite memories is on her fortieth birthday. There was a celebration for her at Steven’s Steakhouse. She radiated vibrancy and beauty in her gorgeous red halter dress and red heels. Although times may have held their challenges then for her, she was determined in having the time of her life dancing 💃🏻 all evening. She definitely outlasted my dancing feet. It’s that passion for life, celebration and being with her loved ones above all that I hold dear. She is missed tremendously, however her spirit, her smile and determination will always be carried in my heart.

Rita Medellin

February 23, 2020

My beautiful sister, Rachel. Although she is officially my sister-in-law, I will forever consider her my sister. ♥️♥️
Going through a separation which resulted into divorce, I moved myself and my two daughters to Granada Hills to live with my brother and Rachel.
This beautiful woman welcomed me and my daughters with loving open arms. She helped me care for my very young daughters and never uttered a negative word or thought to or about us. She was loving, kind and encouraged me to be the best mother I could be.
Several years later when we reunited, it was like I never was out of sight.
After I suffered illnesses and we reunited, she read me the riot act on healthy eating and living :). Although she had so many years of her own pain, she was concerned with my future and well being. Always asking about my daughters, my grand and great-grand children.
I know you’re at peace now. Your daughters have grown up to be wonderful women and your grandchildren inspiring, which is a reflection of YOU. You have done your job and have so so much to be proud of.
Rachel my sister, you have inspired me in a way no one else has. I love you dearly and will forever have you in my heart. We Have Amor Eterno.

Tu Hermana, Rita

Roger Vishnevsky

February 22, 2020

To the most beautiful women in the the world, my best friend, my mate may you always be sunny ☀️ and bright love you always yogi aka roger vishnevsky

Katy Engbrecht

February 22, 2020

Mama Rachel!!! To know you is to LOVE you! I felt a connection to you from the very moment we met! From quiet chit chats on the couch to dancing the night away...you had the most magnetic spirit! So no surprise (and like many others), you became my Cali~mama! I loved hearing your wonderful stories, and it was always so fun to shower you with compliments as your gracious smiles lit up the room! But most importantly, your strength and courage radiated and transcended onto all of us around you! I feel so very blessed to have had such a wonderful person like you in my life, and I know your influence will forever be with all of us! We love you... I hope you've got your red dress on and are dancing the night away, beautiful lady in red!!!

Michelle Smart

February 21, 2020

Rachel, I have LOVED you since the day I met you. You are my "Storyteller". I have witnessed your pain and joy. I have so many wonderful memories. Your strength was second to none, fierce and gentle. You fought the fight! every second of every day. You are an inspiration of strength, will and how to fight for the life you love. You showed us what it meant to wake up each day breathe, open your eyes and see your beautiful family and friends. You loved food and adventure. But MOST of all, you loved your daughters and grandchildren. You attended every event you could. You beamed of pride when you spoke of them. You loved being a LEO girl, loyal. You looked forward to Vegas with Roger. We all looked forward to when you would return. Road trips and casinos were your playgrounds. I have cherished EVERY moment I spent with you. I was lucky to take care of you and be part of your amazing world. I will miss cards and Christmas morning with you. My heart hurts but your pain and struggle are no more. "It is NOT Goodbye but See You Soon" Rest in Peace Momma.
I love you to the moon and back. xo

Veronika Calzolari

February 20, 2020

Momma Rachel how do I start !?I have known you since I was 6 years old you always made me feel so welcomed in your home . Growing up at your house was and always be the best memories of my life dancing in the living room make you laugh that smile and laugh is something I’ll always keep in my heart! I remember our talks you always gave the best advices and u never judged ! I miss you momma Rachel I’m so happy I got to go see you right before Christmas! Thank you for the best childhood memories and allowing me to pretty much live at your house growing up I never wanted to be in my own home lol your house always felt like home !! Love ❤️ you so much!! Til we meet again 😘❤️

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