Aug. 8, 1948 - May 12, 2013
SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Mrs. Rita (Regnier) Yvarra, 64, of Santa Maria, formerly of Elkhart, Ind., passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013, in her sleep after a long battle with a rare, painful illness called stiff person syndrome.
Rita was born Aug. 8, 1948, in Little Company of Mary Hospital, Chicago, to Robert and Bonnie Regnier.
Rita is survived by her much loved husband and caretaker, Gregory Phillip Yvarra; stepchildren Angie McGrew and Phillip Yvarra Jr., both of California; a grandson, Theron McGrew; and a sister, Hannah (Yvonne) Rose of Elkhart.
She was preceded in death by both parents.
Rita was elected to the Santa Maria school board and was manager of Meals on Wheels.
She was an accomplished computer artist. She loved animals and even raised two ducks.
She was a member of St. Peters Episcopal Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Santa Maria.
Rita will be dearly missed by all family and friends.