Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon

November 3, 1934 - February 19, 2019

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Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon, passed away peacefully at her home with her husband of 34 years, Jim Hixon, by her side on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 3:09 PM. She was 84.

Betty was born in Mobile, Alamaba in 1934. Her family moved to New York City and resided there until the untimely passing of her father, a shipyard worker. Her family then relocated to Youngstown, Ohio where her mother remarried. Betty resided there until she met and married Raymond Latronica in 1955. They moved to the Los Angeles, California in 1955 and purchased a home in Norwalk in 1956 where they raised their three children and she resided until her death.

Betty worked for Thrifty Drug Stores for 25 years and was grateful for and proud of her union affiliation. She had a fun-loving, dynamic personality. She taught ballroom dancing in the 1950’s and 60’s and enjoyed dancing for many years thereafter. She enjoyed outings at the beach, golfing and organizing golf tournaments.

She was a resident of the greater Los Angeles area for 64 years. She was preceded in her death by her first husband, Raymond Latronica, her sister Linda Campbell, her brother, Roy Case, her daughter in-law Terri Latronica, and her son Ollie Latronica. She leaves behind her loving husband Jim Hixon, her sister Marie Bevis, her daughter Allison Minugh, her son Patrick Latronica, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Stephanie Eileen Alvarado Elizarraraz

August 9, 1983 - May 15, 2017

Stephanie Eileen Alvarado Elizarraraz was born August of 1983 and raised in Norwalk, California.
Her talent was recognized at the tender age of 6 when a local band leader, Sebatian Juarez, heard her sing “Angel Baby” at a family function and without hesitation invited her to sing at all his gigs. Her loving family encouraged her to develop her immense voice by taking her to her performances and supporting her young career. She continued to perform locally in talent shows, community events and church functions.
As a teenager, she was managed by Isreal Cortez who groomed her and advanced her career by connecting her with musicians and producers.
Stephanie’s soulful sultry voice has been heard by many not just in her home town, but around the world. Her voice took her on tours throughout Asia and parts of Europe. She also performed for the USO Tour in Baghdad for the United States troops with the band Soto. She shared the stage with groups such as, Malo, Brenton Wood, Tierra, Rocky Padilla, El Chicano and Teena Marie. Her voice is also featured on a new song “Hideaway” by Opra that will be released worldwide in summer 2017.
Her untimely medical condition, cancer, forced her to stop her singing career to focus on her health. Stephanie was also a licensed vocational nurse, wife and and mother of three handsome boys. She gained strength from her strong belief in God and the support of her family, friends and fans. No matter what the future held, the stage of life was hers and she stood front and center claiming Victory.
She became our singing angel on May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

Services will be open for all to attend:

Viewing:
Date: Thursday May 25, 2017
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Rose Hills Whittier
Sky Rose Chapel

Funeral:
Date: Friday May 26, 2017
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Where: Rose Hills Whittier
Sky Rose Chapel
Burial immediately after

Stephanie requested that no one wear black. On the day of the funeral she’d like everyone to wear white (all white not necessary).