Marcela Riquelme has been remembered as a caring wife, mother, co-worker, and friend by her Vanguard International team. In a statement, Vanguard announced Riquelme passed away suddenly on 15 June 2021, aged 48.
Born in Chile, Riquelme spent 20 years living in Vancouver, Canada before returning to Chile later in her career.
She was the logistics & operations coordinator at the Vanguard International office in Santiago, Chile. The company said Riquelme was a pivotal connector for the entire Vanguard global team and was a welcome, smiling, eagerly happy presence with everyone she worked with.
“Vanguard’s growers and customers were always delighted with her professionalism and can-do attitude,” the statement read.
“Marcela was always excited to celebrate her co-worker birthdays and was regularly the first one in and the last one to leave our team celebrations.
“The entire Vanguard organisation will remember and honour the light she brought to our team. She had great wit and a quick sense of humour that left us talking and laughing for hours. Her smile every morning was a blessing we will all remember.”
Riquelme is survived by her two daughters and one son, with an account having been set up for those wanting to support her family during this difficult time. Donations can be made through paypal using the email account firstname.lastname@example.org.