When Rica Hannah Montano was a child, her father was a doctor.
Today, he is a successful businessman.
When Rico Montana is a teenager, she never thought about marrying her father.
Instead, she started her own business, Rico Hannah Montanas Fine Jewelry, and she married her first husband, Cristian Montana.
“I always thought about my father as my mentor.
I thought that he was a really good father, so I always wanted to marry him,” Rico says.
“I never imagined that I would be married to Cristian, and I was never told I would marry him.”
But Rico and Cristian’s marriage didn’t last.
The couple broke up when Cristian was a young man, and Rico decided to move on with her life.
“I thought about it a lot, and it was like, why would I ever marry Cristian?” she says.
Rico and her family moved back in with her father, Cristan, after they divorced.
Cristian died suddenly at the age of 52 in a car accident in 2013, and his remains were never returned to him.
“We did not get that, because I think he never knew,” Ricola says.
“Ricol was really happy, because my dad was not only the greatest father, but he was the best man, the best friend, the one that always got me through the toughest times,” Cristian told the CBC’s The Morning Edition in 2015.
“My father was so passionate, and that’s why he was so loved by everybody, and everybody loved him,” Cristi says.
The couple’s son Rico is now the head of Rico and Cristi Montanas, and the family still owns and runs the business.
While Cristi is currently the head, Rico still helps with her business as a member of the board.
She says Cristi still gives her advice and shares her thoughts with her son, and says she’s always grateful for that.
“He is very, very grateful,” she says, adding that she loves her son dearly.
But Ricol says her life is not quite the same without her father in it.
I think about him a lot.
I miss him every day.
He was a good man.
I think that he has been so important to me and to my life,” she explains.”
His legacy is so important for me because he taught me how to live, how to have respect for myself and how to treat others with dignity.
“Ricola says she loves and misses her father every day and that it will always be important to her.
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