Rita Palacio1
Rita Victoria Palacio
  • 79 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 26, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    Dangriga, Belize
  • Date of passing: Jun 3, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Play Vista, California, United States
Let the memory of Rita be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rita Palacio, 79, born on April 26, 1935 and passed away on June 3, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Phillip and Mathilda Palacio on 5th June 2016

"Another year, Mrs. Palacio.  A lot have happened.  Good things and bad but everyone is keeping it together, according to their circumstances.  We do not see Mr. Palacio as often as I thought we would/should but he seems to be doing well for the most part.  We still miss you and often thought and talked about you. Philip and I have a feeling we will surely meet again.  

Well, we cannot leave without sharing this quote with you, our friends and family:

"Montaigne said, "To philosophize is to learn to die."  Similarly Buddhism teaches us: "First learn about death, and then about other matters."  As both statements suggest, learning about death enriches life.  How we perceive the meaning of death and the meaning of life hinges completely on whether we can establish a correct view of life and death.  Goethe says, "Those who have no hope of another life are already dead in this one."(Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death, page 104)"

This tribute was added by Linda Matthei on 3rd June 2016

"It seems impossible that it is 2 years since Rita's passing.  I still think of her frequently and look at her photograph on my living room table with great fondness but also sadness.  I have never known anyone so willing to share her knowledge and respect for the Garinagu culture.
I will miss her forever."

This tribute was added by Lorraine Magdaleno on 29th April 2016

"Trumpets are sounding angels are singing there is a celebration for an angel that heaven has gained RIP to the most amazing teacher, mother and mentor in whose life God had graced us to share"

This tribute was added by Mary Drysdale on 4th June 2015

"It seems like yesterday, when you received the woman of the year award from Double Star Production.  You are everyone's mother.  Gone but definitely never forgotten.  Love you Aunt Rita."

This tribute was added by Phillip and Mathilda Palacio on 4th June 2015

"One year went by so quickly, Ms P.  Your absence proofs that one life makes a great difference.  You are very much missed and I hope you have rested well enough to come visit sometimes.  Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to you."

This tribute was added by Ben Flores on 3rd June 2015

"Noufuri Rits
Seremein nian bun luagu sun le bigirubei woun ya ubouwagu. Ayumahatina lau buidu lan sun katei yara seirirugu bun, hama sun sandu ha ñeinbañan. Itara la.

Aunt Rits,
Thank you for everything that you left us here on earth. I wish that all is well for you in heaven with all the saints who are there.

This tribute was added by Linda Matthei on 28th April 2015

"I wonder if dear Rita ever gave thought to how many lives she touched during her life here on earth.  I will be forever thankful that she and Clifford welcomed me into their home, and how much she taught me to be true Garifuna woman.

I will never stop missing you"

This tribute was added by Anita Martinez on 28th April 2015

"Happy celestial Birthday to a very special Lady!"

This tribute was added by Nickey Martinez on 27th April 2015

"Missing my dearest Aunt Rita.. Happy birthday in Heaven Auntie..."

This tribute was added by Luwani Cayetano on 21st June 2014

"Dear Aunt Jay!.

We are truly saddened by the loss of your mom, our most sincere condolences to you and your family. It is not easy to lose someone like her, we know that there are no words to console your pain. When we look at her pictures, we are touched by the way in which you have celebrated a life well lived.

Mar, Claudi and Luwani"

This tribute was added by Francis Lino on 20th June 2014

"I get to hear about Rita from my late Mom and sister Felicita when I got here in L. A.  This was one cousin they both cherished.  When I would come by to visit, like my sis would be talking to her like on a daily basis.  I could see that Rita was cherished in their hearts.  Before I knew the connection, I once met her husband Cliff at his sister's house who then let me know that he had married to my cousin Rita.  He then fill me in with some details.  Finally when I did get to meet her, there was no question of the love and appreciation she extends to all her relatives.  Rest in peace cousin Rita until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Alice Lopez on 19th June 2014

"Very patient lady. She taught us(Village Voices) the song Congratulations to You. we kept forgetting the melody and so I would call her and ask her to sing it one more time. However one more time ended up to be several more times.
Keep singing with the angels around God's throne, Mrs. Pal."

This tribute was added by Phillip and Mathilda Palacio on 19th June 2014

"Thank you for everything, Mrs. Palacio.  Really did not believe you would leave us so soon.  Appreciate your life in my life this lifetime.  Until we meet again, may you rest in peace for awhile.   Mat-Mat, your daughter -in-law.  To the rest of the family, Phil and I are just a phone call away.  Please do not hesitate to call."

This tribute was added by Teresa Bernardez on 13th June 2014

"Awahan wagia bisanigu, biduheñu, hama bumadagu aritagua buagun lidan luweiyuri baguyun wamagien.

Adügabali bidasin buidu; barübei bemeri le taranserubei Suntigabafu buba. Ayo wagütü...

Lau paili isiñein,

Iduheñu Bernardez"

This tribute was added by Jude Enriquez on 13th June 2014

"Aunt Rita--it is with heavy hearts that we must release you to soar the skies.  We will forever be comforted with the greatest of memories of you.  You are now our Angel and will always be remembered in our hearts forevermore...Rest in Eternal Peace!  

Missing you...Judy Castillo Enriquez"

This tribute was added by Anthony Ramos on 12th June 2014

"Cousin Ritz
The tree of life you planted on earth is as radiant as the sun.
For the fruits you bear throughout the years are blessed by your loving soul.
All human beings live spiritual lives.
From generation to generation we pass it on for posterity,
for the spirit never dies.
In retrospect you will always last:
Your genuine soul authentic self and natural virtue,
your healing smile has blessed us all with complete peace,
overflowing with infinite loving kindness."

This tribute was added by Sandra Ellis, M.D. on 12th June 2014

"Comadre Rita,
I remember you as a loving person always smiling no matter what the circumstances as we always share our family concerns. I admire you for your dedication to your mother as an only child and her dedication to her children. We grew close when you came to stay with the Ogaldez family as a child, you and Felicia. You were always loving and sharing and later became the Godparent of two of my children.
I thank my Comadre  for caring for my own children later when they lived with her in California. Warm memories
Comadre Ethel Ellis(dictated)

Aunt Rita,
We will miss your laughter, your wry sense of humor, and warm voice.  My family will always  cherish the memory of your willingness to share  your home both in  Belize or Los Angeles, California while still providing nurturing for your family. I admire how you developed as an Educator, how you believed in it and lived it. I admire your continued work in the Garifuna community, which  has helped to  foster  pride in being Garifuna  in the US, Belize, Yurumein and all over the Diaspora.  I will always treasure your words of wisdom, and Dedication. Thank you for providing all young women with a strong role model.
As you once shared your philosophy :
“I believe in and practice interaction with people with dignity, honesty, sincerity, and with clarity of conscience”

This tribute was added by Martha Serrano on 12th June 2014

"Aunt Rita was my God mother for confirmation.  I know that she especially loved me. I called her regularly from wherever I was in the world Belize, St. Vincent, Australia and England and it was a thrill for both of us. I have been inspired by her and see her as a symbol of  womanhood. I love you 'nebenene'. Rest in pace and continue to take care of me."

This tribute was added by Cindy Ciego on 11th June 2014

"One of the most prodigious women in my life has been my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Rita Palacio.    She was patient with her students, and she had the ability to reach and impart knowledge to her students with a firm but yet loving way.  I never got to see her as often due to distance, however, when we did meet at gatherings etc... We always greeted each other with a warm hug and of course the conversation was always great.  She was always interested in how I was doing and what was new. And yes with that welcoming smile.   When I heard that she was not well, I immediately reached out to my classmate John for their address so that I could send her a get well card... Mr. Palacio, thank you for getting it to her. One of my fondest memories of her was in the classroom was her lecture on Cumulus Clouds…

To Selby, John, Joycelyn, Cheryl, Greg, and the others whose names I do not know and of course Mr. Palacio, I want to extend my deepest sympathies for the loss of your Beloved Mother and Wife.  She may be gone but she will never be forgotten.  Know that we share in your sorrow
-Cindy and family"

This tribute was added by Denise Underwood on 11th June 2014

"Only good memories I have of Aunt Rita.And now I look forward to seeing her resurrected in the the new world !

Frank Avaloy and Family"

This tribute was added by Frank Palacio on 11th June 2014

"Dear Family,

"To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord!" Mrs. Pal is a beautiful and Godly woman. She leaves a wonderful and lasting legacy behind. She will be greatly missed because she made a lasting impact on those who knew her and those she came in contact with.  Mrs. Pal is also a courageous woman who showed us how to bear our cross. In spite of her medical issues she was always cheerful, never complained, and never gave up! Thanks Mrs. Pal for your wonderful contributions and your awesome children! You left this world a much better place than you found it!  May you enter into your eternal reward, amen!"

This tribute was added by Helen Laurie on 10th June 2014

"Aunt Rita always seemed so happy, pleasant and sweet.  When one who is so dear passes I invariably regret not having spent more time with them...time that we cannot recoup...time that we spend being inconsequentially "busy"...I extend my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Mr. Cliff and the Palacio family on behalf of myself and the Laurie families. Rest eternally in peace Aunt Rita...you are greatly missed..."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Sampson on 10th June 2014

"I last visited the Palacio home about three Christmas's ago.Rita sent someone to purchase pineapple because it is good for the body and she continued to explain how and why it should be the preferred fruit..All that was said in GARIFUNA, even though her diction in our language was never hundred percent correct.

   I am now imagining her with Mary , the Mother of Jesus, Our mother chatting, giving accounts of those she left behind , Our Blessed mother frowning at her asking, How come you cannot speak your language well? it is still BACK WAY but I   still understand what you are saying.

        Jesus already has her classroom ready.. She will be the first Qualified Garifuna Teacher in Heaven, even though everybody there is smart.Backway or not everybody will understand the lessons.

                                           Ayo Numa"

This tribute was added by Roland Yorke on 10th June 2014

"Though saddened by the passing of Mrs. Rita, I now see her being in a place where there is no more suffering.
What do I remember most about her, it was how she listened so tentatively to the "rolling back" of the clock in my conversations with Sir Clifford.
May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by alvin benguche on 10th June 2014

"My Aunt Rita
She is known to my family in Jamaica only by way of pictures and emails, the Christmas cards sent out by herself and Uncle Clif.  Her presence is with us all the time.  Her poem written in Garifuna speaks to us.  My visit in December last to both herself and Uncle Clif was the last before heading to the airport.  What an important visit it was!  Delight in the Lord for her life."

This tribute was added by Ann Palacio on 9th June 2014

"As a family member from her mother’s side (our late Grandaunt Da  Cache),  Anta as we fondly call her was very much an Aunt to us.   Yes she will be missed.  I visited her and Uncle Clifford  frequently and was always in awe of our family history they shared with me.  Not to mention the humor.  A  half hour planned visit could easily turn into hours with not a dull moment.

Waluguba buagu Anta
Beiba ameragua  wasati bemeri

Ann Lucas-Palacio"

This tribute was added by Marva Lewis on 9th June 2014

"Most of us have had one or two teachers who have touched our lives deeply.  For me, Mrs. Rita Palacio was that Special Teacher.  She was my favorite Primary School teacher and I grew to love her and her family.  Her genuine concern and caring demeanor made you want to do your best in her class.

I will forever be grateful to have been one of the recipients of her love and kindness. I will always remember her kind words of encouragement, her ready smile and open heart.  Most of all I will  remember the joy of being in her presence.  She had a special gift for making you feel loved and appreciated.

She will be greatly missed.

My heartfelt condolences to the family.  You are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Denise Underwood on 9th June 2014

"Holding back the tears! My Aunt Rita will be missed. What I'll remember the most is her beautiful sense of humor. She would always make you laugh. I leave the following scripture to my cousins and other family members. I believe this is the word the Lord would want you to hear, besides the fact that he loves you all. Isaiah 41:10  fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Ok, not handling this very well, but will be okay! I love you family!"

This tribute was added by Carmen Ramirez on 9th June 2014

"Aunt Rita  memories of you will never be forgotten. I always remember  vising you and my cousin Cliff at your house in LA. We all would  laugh and talk when we talk about old days in Dangriga and Seine Bight. RIP Aunt Rita."

This tribute was added by Nickey Martinez on 9th June 2014

"My dearest Aunt Rita will be missed....I will miss my long visits, I shall miss our conversations, I will miss Aunt Rita's home cooking, after all I grew up right there on 85th St  & Raymond.. I must say it was an honor to perform for you. This past week seemed all so surreal. Uncle Cliff and family please know that I'm here for all of you and I'm only a stone throw away..Love you all dearly"

This tribute was added by Lorraine Magdaleno on 9th June 2014

"Throughout my adult life I have always talked about Ms P (Aunt Rita )as my favorite primary school teacher who left the most impression on me, she was a firm and fair individual, who showed love to everyone who crossed her path, I visited at her home in 2008,and to this day I can still feel the love and appreciation, rest in peace my dear teache rheaven has gained an angel."

This tribute was added by Clifford Palacio on 8th June 2014

"I am devastated to hear of Rita's passing.  She and Clifford opened their home to me and my now husband, Ed.and both worked diligently to help me with my research on Garifuna migration; and we became sisters under the skin.  I also spent many hours on the phone with Rita and she was always open in answering my questions.about women's migration to the U.S. and her experiences growing up in Belize.  I got to know her children over time and saw how much she meant to them.  I can't imagine not being able to pick up the phone to visit with her about our families and her experiences as a true Garifuna woman. My heart goes out to Clifford,my dear friend, and to all of their children."

This tribute was added by Clifford Palacio on 8th June 2014

"As a member of God's seed harvest plan member, Mrs. P. has sowed the good seed of a teacher,mother,generous and hospitable person; and has reaped the benefits, along with Clifford, of rearing one of the most successul, accomplished and respectable Belizean Family.Cliff, Mrs P. is now in the company of the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph.Dangriga of Belize has exported one of the best Ambassador to God;s Country in Heaven.May she rest in peace.Sadly missed by your best friend: Bernrd O. Aguet"

This tribute was added by Greg Palacio on 8th June 2014

"We owe each and everyone a depth of gratitude for acknowledging us during our most difficult time of sorrow. As you may know it's NEVER easy loosing a mother. She was a true friend, our teacher, counselor and guidance. She praised, punished and encouraged while always being fair. Our mom was the most influential in our lives and we are honored to have shared her great joy and love. She will be missed immensely but as she always reminded us: live upright, slow to anger & first to forgive! Again, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers..."

This tribute was added by Wellington Ramos on 7th June 2014

By: Wellington C. Ramos

Dear Relatives and Friends,
  I still remember when Selbie and his brother and sister came to Dangriga Town and was introduced to our class. When I got into Standard V1 his mother Rita Palacio became my classroom Teacher. She was a loving and caring person that always had a smile on her face.

I use to see my Grandfather Zach Ramos sitting with her mother on their verandah on Sunday evenings but did not know why he was there. After I took the Entrance Examination she got the results and she call me to sit by her desk to give me the results. She ask me "Claude who is your father?

I replied telling her Finley Ramos. She then said do you know that I am related to your father? Then I said to her I did not know thanks for letting me know. From there on,  I saw the need to love her even more as a teacher because we are blood relatives.

I have always given her, her husband and children,  the outmost respect and see all of them as family. Recently, when my friend and relative  Sidney Mejia died,  she was there to pay her last respect to him.

My Classmates; Marva Lewis, Gilbert Lambert, Justo Flores and Henry Martinez all decided to let us take a picture with her to see that usual smile. Not  knowing that this was the last time I was going to see her alive smiling. She will be sadly missed by me and will always remain in my memory until I join her one day. She contributed to the growth and knowledge of many students and her contributions to society is second to none.

Love Always My Relative and Teacher
Leave A Spot For Me In Your Classroom When You Get To Heaven"

This tribute was added by Phillip and Mathilda Palacio on 7th June 2014

""When winter arrives, trees and other plants temporarily lose their leaves.  But those plants and trees possess the life to send forth new green shoots when spring comes.  Human death is like that, but we possess a life force that leads us to a new life --- to a new mission --- immediately and without pain."  Goodbye moms.  Until we meet again."

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