Rosa Vanegas Spicer Baker
Rosa Vanegas Spicer Baker
With heavy hearts, the families of Rosa Vanegas Spicer Baker announce her passing at the Glen Oaks rest home on September 1, 2017 at the age of 97. Rosa was born in Ventura, California and grew up with her sister, Ruby, and three brothers, Ted, Monty and Bud. They all grew up on a large working cattle and horse ranch that also included race horses. She could handle a rifle and had no trouble shooting mistletoe from high in the trees at Christmas time. After graduating from Ventura College, Rosa was selected from a large contingent of applicants to work as a legal secretary for the
Prominent Justice Walter Fourt of the State Court of Appeals. She held this position for 17 years in Ventura County.
In 1954, Rosa had a beach home right on the water. One day, she met the tall handsome John Spicer who worked for the California Fish and Game Department in Ojai, California. At the time he was raising his three children, Johnny, Kirk, and Sandy on his own. Rosa loved John and the children and
they were soon married in May of 1954. Those were happy days and they spent summers spending time between the homes. Throughout the years, Rosa was an excellent tennis player, an avid bridge player and active for 40 years in the Assistance League charity work. In 1963, they all moved back to Spicer
and bought the Park Lane resort on Green Lake. Rosa loved time with the kids especially to water ski. It was a fun time for the entire family especially since they had a tennis court. She also loved her new bridge playing friends in Spicer. She and John were very happy.
Rosa was preceded in death by her husband John Spicer, her parents, her sister and three brothers and step-son Kirk Spicer. Rosa is survived by her step-son, Johnny (Joyce) Spicer and family of Florida, by step-daughter Sandy Rose and family of California, daughter-in-law Rosemarie Spicer and family of Colorado, sister-in-law Mary Vanegas and son Bobby of Ojai, California, niece Janett Whitlock (Roger) and family of California and niece Jakki Flores (Ed) and family of Mississippi and Florida. Rosa went on several trips with Jakki and spent many happy times with Jakki and Ed at their lovely home in Mississippi.
Family and friends are invited to funeral services to be held at the Spicer Private Cemetery, in Spicer on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, at One PM. A Celebration of Life will follow at Spicer Castle.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to your favorite charity or the Ventura County Museum, 100 East Main St, Ventura, CA 93001.