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posted Friday, June 10, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 23
Reigh 'Rosarita' Stratton 1972-2011
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Reigh 'Rosarita' Stratton 1972-2011

by Boy Mike

Reigh was born on September 18, 1972, in Fresno, CA, and passed away on April 28, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. Reigh was referred to by most of his friends simply as 'Rosarita,' a nickname which seemed to stick after just a few memorable drag performances at Neighbors and the Oz nightclubs in the early '90s in Seattle. As a teenager, Reigh was called to serve the Lord as a missionary in both Africa and India. Reigh was a 'people-person,' always the life of the party, extremely entertaining, funny, and creative. Some of his friends affectionately dubbed him a 'drama queen.'

Reigh lived for music. His favorite artist was Madonna. He even snuck into one of her concerts after outfoxing her tight security. His other musical idol was Boy George. Reigh was thrilled to be able to meet and hang out with him on a couple of occasions. Reigh loved the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and had the honor of waiting on many A-list celebrities when he was a caterer at the Kingdome many years ago.

During his lifetime, Reigh lived in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego, working as a waiter at some of the finest restaurants those cities had to offer. He loved to travel; some of his favorite destinations were New York, San Francisco, Alaska, and London. He had hundreds of friends and family who say he touched their lives very deeply. During his illness, he had people visit him from all over the United States and from as far away as Germany. His Facebook page exploded with hundreds of posts of love and gratitude from people whose lives he had touched. Reigh lived life to the fullest and said he lived a fabulous life and had no regrets.

Perhaps Reigh's life can be summed up in the lyrics of one of his favorite Boy George songs; 'Laughing, screaming, tumbling queen, like the most amazing light show that you've ever seen.'

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