Aguida Regente Warner was born on February 5, 1953 in Kalibo, Province of Aklan, Philippines, to the late Lilia Dela Cruz Regente and Julian Regente. Aguida was “Rosie” to everyone in America and “Lita” to those in the Phillippines.
Rosie was extremely caring and nurturing of her family in the Philippines, providing financial support and sending care packages of gifts and food to five families there including two of her sisters, a sister-in-law, a niece and her family, and a nephew and his family.
Rosie began her professional career at McDonalds in Orange Park, FL, in 1987 at the age of 34 to help support her family, after her husband, Stephen, retired from the Navy and was unemployed. She then worked for some time at Bambino’s Café at NAS JAX, continuing to support her family in Orange Park as well as in the Philippines.
The family moved to Springfield, VA, where Rosie began working at Macy’s as a clothing salesclerk and later became the Reno Rowan ladies clothing representative at Macy’s. During her 10 years at Macy’s, Rosie grew to be more outgoing and even took coworkers under her wing to show them the ropes. She was consistently recognized as an outstanding employee and won many awards as a “Star” performer before returning to Orange Park in 2002.
Back in Orange Park, Rosie began working at Dillard’s in 2003. She enjoyed her friendships with her coworkers and regular customers, who became part of her extended family. She was also recognized as a “Pacesetter” by Dillard’s management every year for her outstanding performance and even received a personal letter of gratitude from the President/CEO of Dillard’s in 2019.
Rosie was a devoted wife, a loving mother of her three children and their spouses, and a doting grandmother of seven.
She loved to travel and went to England/Scotland with her husband for their 25th anniversary. They also visited the Philippines together once and she went back two other times. Additionally, they visited Canada and France and cruised on Carnival several times to visit the Caribbean, Italy, France and Spain. Everywhere she went, she met and friended Filipinas and followed them on Facebook for years later.
She also enjoyed watching baseball with Stephen and even attended five Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp minor league games this year. She was a supporter and contributor for years to Jerry Falwell’s organization, The Old Time Gospel Hour, K-Love Christian Radio Station and to the churches her and Stephen attended over the years.
Rosie was Saved at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL, in February 1982. After hearing Homer Lindsay preach the gospel, she got up and said, “I am not saved,” and walked down the aisle. The family often attended church at First Baptist three or four times a week. During their time there, Rosie spent 10 years working in the church’s 2-year-old nursey, always her happiest around babies, toddlers, and children of all ages.
Rosie was also a member of Pineridge Presbyterian Church, Orange Park and Trinity Baptist Church, Jacksonville, during her many years in north Florida.
Rosie and Stephen joined First Baptist Church, Orange Park in 2018.
She was preceded in death by her parents, twin sister, Vangie, and brother, Julian, Jr.
Rosie is survived by her loving husband, Stephen Roger Warner; sons, William R. Warner (Christina) and David Warner (Michelle); and daughter, Elizabeth E. Warner (Alex); grandchildren Sophie A., Annabelle, Penelope Jean Luc all Chaufour and Nicholas, Ashley and Alice Rose Warner; brother, Rolly; and sisters, Nora Buttram (Clay), Shirley and Maritess.
In the most recent years, Rosie spent every evening reading one chapter of the Bible in bed and has read through the Book completely several times. She and Stephen often engaged in discussions about many scriptures. She is now with her Lord.
A visitation will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m., both at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073, (904) 264-1233.
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