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A Son Remembers His Mother

By Sandra Camacho

Rhoda and daughter
Rhoda (right) and her daughter Jaqueline

By now you’re all aware that a long-time supporter and friend or Financial Women of San Francisco, Rhoda Singer, passed in August 2016. In her son Matthew’s words, following is a short description of this lovely lady’s life:

My mother was a native of San Francisco and went to the original Lowell High School. From there she went to Berkeley where she met my father, and eventually married.  My mother’s major at UC Berkeley was a ‘FYH’, Find Your Husband. I think that a number of her friends had the same degree. I don’t think that she completed her college education because she got married and my father was drafted into the Army soon afterwards.

She lived at her residence in San Francisco for 55 years after living in Alabama where my father was in the service and then lived in Daly City for a few years. She had three children, Jacqueline, Steven and me. She had two beautiful grandchildren, Laura and Eric.

My mother started her business over 35 years ago. My mother’s business was managing non-profit organizations. She set up monthly meetings, planned organization events, bookkeeping and managed the membership. At one time she had 11 associations. She retired on the day that she was diagnosed with cancer to tell you of her fortitude.

She was an avid reader and had many friends, some she has known since childhood. She was strong and vivacious up until the end. She was a beautiful person both inside and out and could strike up a conversation with anyone. I was waiting for her to get a marriage proposal from the paramedics who took her to radiation treatment.

She died at the early age of 83 and her life and love will live in all those she touched. She is sorely missed.

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