BISBEE—Rita Diaz Hernandez of Bisbee was gently carried home to heaven by angels on December 21, 2020. She lost her battle with Covid 19 at Honorhealth Scottsdale Medical Center at the age of 65.

Rita was born in Bisbee, Arizona, on September 10, 1955 to the parents of Manuel and Christina Hernandez. She was the youngest of four siblings. She attended Bisbee Public Schools and graduated from Bisbee High School in 1974. After graduation she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she attended Barber School and then Cosmetology College. Her skills and knowledge brought her back to her hometown where she began her career, a career that spanned over 35 years. Her proudest professional moment was when she became the business owner of “My Shoppe” Beauty Salon in Douglas, Arizona. She was well known in the community and made many lifelong friendships. She loved giving the Douglas fans a hard time, every fall when the big annual football rivalry occurred between the Bisbee Pumas and the Douglas Bulldogs. She always remained an enthusiastic and dedicated Puma fan.

Rita was a devout Catholic and found peace in prayer. Her life was blessed with family and friends. Her biggest life accomplishment was the birth of her son Alex, whom she loved unconditionally. She raised him as a single mother and taught him the importance of faith, independence, respect and love. She was proud of the man he had become and the dedicated father he proved to be. He gave her the gift of grandchildren, Alicia and Alex who were the apple of her eye. Looking back, Alex says, “The best memories of my Mom was that she was always there for me. Whether it was school, sports, life she was there cheering me on. She supported me in everything I did. I can still see her looking at me with the biggest smile on her face, it was the look of her being proud of me.”

Rita was very close to her brother Manuel and her sister Gloria. She helped care for them by running errands and driving them to doctor appointments. She loved them unselfishly. Gloria warmly remembers the sounds of her sister’s laughter, “We were always able to laugh at the little things in life.“

Rita was a loving and a giving person. She was also a strong minded woman, protective over her family and wasn’t afraid to be opinionated. Part of her charm was she always remained young at heart, loved music and having a good time. Her faith in God and family grounded her. Rita had a truly unique and beautiful soul. Her life and spirit impacted all that knew her. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Rita is preceded in death by her father Manuel Hernandez, her mother Christina Diaz Hernandez and her sister Josephina Hernandez Rodriguez.

Rita is survived by her son Alejandro (Christene Rivera) Hernandez, her brother Manuel Hernandez, her sister Gloria Hernandez, grandchildren Alicia and Alejandro Hernandez, her nephews Miguel (Melissa) Hernandez and Diego (Amber) Rodriguez, her niece Kristy (Adam) Tindell, her Tia Josie Hernandez, her Tio Lupe Diaz and Tio Tony (Alicia) Daniels.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 100 Quality Hill Road, Bisbee, Arizona. Rosary 8:30 a.m., Mass 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, 8 Old Douglas Road, Bisbee, Arizona. The family requests you wear blue in honor of Rita.

“The Painted Sky”

My family….. My son

I hear your cries and see the tears fall from your eyes.

I’m no longer here…..but see how high my spirit flies in the painted sky.

I’m not alone and I’m not afraid. The ones passed on are with me now.

A heart filled and a soul so full…..memories flow softly to a sea of peace.

I’m no longer here, but I hear you my dear.

Look to the painted sky, as the day drifts away.

Can you see my spirit fly…..He set me free to fly so high.

-D. Holly-