De La Ossa worked in the career counseling department at Stanford University. With a lifelong dedication to advocating for children and education, De La Ossa was a tireless parent volunteer, serving on committees and in leadership roles in the PTAs at Bubb Elementary and Graham Middle schools and helping out with the Awalt High School choir program. She also co-founded the Cuesta Park block parent program.
De La Ossa's family and friends remember her as a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who had a feisty internal strength and strong belief in dedicating time and energy to building a strong community. She passed this value on to her children, who have each committed their adult lives to becoming active community volunteers.
De La Ossa was preceded in death by her husband Pete. She is survived by sons Gregory (Michelle) De La Ossa, Joseph De La Ossa, Peter (Tina) De La Ossa, and Christopher (Isabel) De La Ossa; daughter Anna (Joseph) Torres; and grandchildren Austin De La Ossa, Brianne De La Ossa, Shelby De La Ossa, Nicholas De La Ossa, Kelsie De La Ossa, Ava De La Ossa, Lyla De La Ossa, John Lund, Steven Skavdahl, Alexander Torres, Anthony Torres and Gabrianna Torres.
Services were held Jan. 30 and 31.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to a charity benefiting children.
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