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Elsa Raquel Torres Maxwell
December 24, 1928 - May 2, 2017 (Age 88)
Watertown, WI
Service: May 16, 2017
Elsa Raquel Torres Maxwell
Elsa Raquel Torres Maxwell was born to life on December 24th, 1928 in Tampico, Mexico, daughter of Architect Jose Torres Galvan and Jovita Torres Leiva. She was the oldest of eight children. Growing up in a large family, mostly in Puebla, Mexico and a short time in Argentina, Raquel had fond memories of all the adventures that she shared with her family. Her father was an amazing musician and pianist. Raquel and her siblings were all blessed with talent and an education in Music and the Arts while growing up. While traveling different parts of the United States in her twenties, Raquel met the man she was later to marry in Los Angeles, California. They began corresponding by mail and on July 14th,1959, Raquel married Charles Thomas Maxwell and came to live in the United States permanently with her new husband. Their only daughter, Teresa Raquel Maxwell, was born in October of 1960. Tom, as her husband was called, worked for Southern California Edison and was transferred to Yucca Valley, California in 1969 and ultimately to Hemet, California where they settled and later retired. Raquel and Tom married four times in total, wanting to cover all bases. They were married in the Baptist Church, the Catholic Church in the US and in Mexico, and again some years later in a ceremony renewing their vows. Raquel proudly became a naturalized United States citizen and chose the name Quelina Raquel Maxwell, as she had been called Quelina by her family all of her life.
Raquel loved to see people laugh and be happy and would often be seen as the life of the party, but these traits ran deep in her family. Her outgoing personality and sense of humor made her loved by all who knew her. Raquel enjoyed her daily prayer time, church activities, Bible study groups, gardening, games, music, piano, and dancing. She especially enjoyed hearing her granddaughters, Micaela and Terra perform vocally, as soloists, as well as in groups. She was overjoyed and beaming with pride at the sound of their voices. In 2003, Tom and Raquel moved to Napa, California to be closer to their daughter and her family. Tom went to his eternal home in September of 2004 and Raquel was thankful for his foresight in moving them closer to her family.
In June of 2005, a new adventure presented itself and the family, including Raquel, relocated to the Midwest, settling in Delafield Wisconsin. Raquel had a desire to be more social and Delafield was much too far away from the mall to drive on her own, so she settled on a 10th floor apartment at San Camillo in Wauwatosa, across the street from the Milwaukee County Zoo. She moved there in 2007, where she enjoyed the activities and making new friends. As her "chicken" legs (as she and others called them) were beginning to fail her, she took several falls, but luckily without serious injury. Once again, her daughter encouraged her to live closer and she settled in Watertown, Wisconsin at Marquardt Village in 2014. There, she enjoyed making new friends, playing cards, Happy Hour, eating chocolates and other activities.
Raquel was blessed with good health for most of her life, with "chicken" legs being her greatest obstacle. She carried herself with beauty and grace throughout her life on this earth, and her faith in God, along with her kindness and compassion for others were defining characteristics of who she was. After a very short illness, Raquel left this life on May 2nd, 2017 to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, her husband Tom, and other loved ones for all eternity.
Raquel is survived by her daughter, Teresa Raquel Olsen, son-in-law Bob Olsen, granddaughters Micaela Quelina and Terra Brooke Olsen, great-grandsons Luke Thomas Olsen and Azariah Illario Cirillo, as well as sisters Grace, Carmen and Lourdes, brother Javier and many other extended family members who she loved. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Charles Tom Maxwell, her sister, Isabel and brother, Raul. Raquel will be laid to rest with her husband, Tom at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, California where Tom always said he would finally have her on top!
Grace and peace to all of you who loved her!
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