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Elvina Reyes Rios, 85, of Agat, Guam, spent her last days in Carlisle, PA surrounded by her loving family, went peacefully home to be with her Lord on the evening of Friday, February 7, 2014.  Born on May 28, 1928, in Agat, Guam, a daughter of Andres and Maria (Chaco) Reyes; Elvina was a dear and kind lady; a caring wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother; and totally dedicated to loving her family and her Lord.

A War Survivor of the World War II Japanese occupation of the island of Guam, Elvina’s inner strength, faith and perseverance saw her through two and a half years of war as a teenager. Better known as “Mama Rios” by the sailors of her Navy Family, Elvina retired in 1989 as the Civilian Food Service Foreman for the Guam Naval Station Enlisted Dining Facility.  In addition, Elvina was continuously recognized for her outstanding contributions of time and talent to the religious communities of the Guam Naval Station and Mount Carmel Church of Agat, Guam.

She is survived by three daughters, Lynn O’Connor (Rick) of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Juvy Semrow of Lake Zurich, IL; and Laura Jean Rios of Lacy, WA; six sons, Andrew Rios, Paul Rios and Gary Rios of Guam; SFC (Ret) Edward Rios, US Army (and his wife, COL (Ret) Ronda Urey, US Army) of Carlisle, PA; William Rios (Christie) of WA; and John Rios (Betsy) of Yelm, WA;; two sisters, Carmen Aguigui of TX and  Rosa Meno of Guam; 32 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, Elvina was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Juan Salas Rios, US Navy Retired; two sons, Joe Rios and Arthur Rios; two daughters, Annie Sablan and Melva Rios and two sisters and three brothers.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the St. Patrick Shrine Church, 152 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle with the Rev. William C. Forrey officiating.  A viewing will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.  Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of arrangements.  Burial will be at a later date in Agat Cemetery, Guam.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Church, 152 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA  17013 or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110. 

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 May the family be comforted by beautiful memories. May she rest in peace.
Tim McMahan (American Airlines friends of Shirrie Serrioz)
  Shirrie,  my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you celebrate the life of your dear Grandma! Hugs to you all
Jill Curry

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will remember Grandma Bea as a quiet, gentle, and strong. May her light continue to guide you and may you find peace in the days ahead.

Steven and Shelby

Mama Rios

Thank you for all your love and care while I was growing up, I will always remember the time we spent with you, it will always be forever in my heart, I will miss you dearly. Rest in Peace Mama, I Love You

Claire Hatcher, San Diego

To all my Brothers and Sisters of Mama, there are no words I can say to heal your pain all I can offer you right now are my prayers, I am truly sorry for you loss, I wish I can be with all of you at this time, please accept my sincere apologies for not being there but you are all in my prayers and heart, I will miss our Mama very much. I Love you all very much

Claire Hatcher, San Diego

Our condolences. We will continue to pray for auntie and for all of you.

Rest in peace, auntie.
Bill Cundiff

Condolences to the family. May she Rest in Peace, Amen!
Therese Daga

To my Tia Bea's familia: May our dear Lord give you all guidance & strength in our time of mourning. Beautiful memories are treasured & cherished in my heart forever. My thoughts & prayers to you all. R*I*P <3
Annette Keohuloa

Mama, you truly a beautiful woman. I will always miss your wisdom and discipline you've guided me with through the time spent with you. I love and admire your strength and love for the family. As I've promised, I will take care of your sister Meng. I'll continue to love and miss you always.

Mary Ann Babauta Grigsby

Dear Ed,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We are glad that we had the opportunity to meet Elvina. She was a lovely woman.  Our hearts go out to you and your family as you say good-bye, for now, to your beloved Elvina. At the same time, we rejoice in our Lord welcoming his daughter, Elvina, back to his heavenly home where she will forever live in his peace and love.

God Bless
The Buletza family

Mama we love you very much. We will always have you in our hearts. You gave so much of yourself through your love and wisdom you've shared raising us.

Mary Ann Babauta Grigsby
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