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María Mercedes Flórez Prida, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother – and a woman many people counted on for strong, grounded guidance and wisdom – died today peacefully and surrounded by love. She was 90.

Born August 25, 1928 in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba to Manuel Flórez and Nieves Prida, Mercedes was one of seven Flórez children – including Manuel, Migdalia, Marietta, Silvio, Mario, and María de los Angeles.

She married Carlos Manuel Martínez Meneses in 1950 and they had two children, María Martínez and Carlos Martínez, both of whom survive their mother.

In 1962, after the death of Carlos Manuel Martínez Meneses a year earlier, Mercedes emigrated from Cuba to the United States (Puerto Rico) with her children and extended family members. She later met and married her beloved husband, Francisco González de la Red, who also survives her, as does her grandchild, Cecilia Marie Votta.

Other survivors include her siblings Marietta, Silvio, María de los Angeles and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mercedes was a devoted Catholic, choir director, accountant, and storyteller. She was also a magnet for many people drawn to her tender heart, gentle spirit, loving humor, and impish grin.

Said her daughter María: “It’s impossible to fully measure the impact of such a wonderful mother – as a fearsome caregiver, excellent role model, respected community member, loving wife, and kind-hearted soul. Our many memories are lasting blessings.”

Services for Mercedes will be announced at a later date.

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12 entries.
Varsha Kanwar
Such a heartwarming & inspiring tribute. Maria, sincere condolences for your loss and wishing you & the family peace, strength and comfort through this difficult time.
Kavita Jotwani
Maria, may God give you and your family the strength through this difficult time. Her legacy lives with you. My thoughts and prayers for your family.
OIC Cisco Family: Shari, Dawn, Maria, Michael, Pooja, Kirsten and Trey
Beautiful tribute for an amazing woman, mom, sister and wife. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort during this time.
Christina,Nicole,Jeff and Mady
Nuestros más sinceros pésame para todos ustedes siempre recordaremos a Tía Mercedes con una sonrisa en su cara
Un abrazo
Eileen Hsu
Words are never quite enough for moments like this. From your extended Cisco family, so sorry for your loss.
James Hackett
The memories of our loved ones are reflected in the smile lines on our faces, and the echo of their love is felt with every heartbeat.
Dari Brown
My heart and prayers are with you and your family. The loss of one's mother is powerful and lifechanging. I can only share what I know when my mother passed much too early in her life; she will live through you and your children and your children's children. With heartfelt condolences.
Kara Adams Owen
Maria, your mother sounds like a wonderful person. I lost my dad 2 summers ago and there really are no words....
I'm sorry for your family's loss.
Kara
Kristie Ornelas
Such a beautiful tribute to a lovely woman. I feel fortunate to know her through the legacy she leaves behind – one which she clearly spent a lifetime crafting with intention, and with her actions. Her spirit and stories are deeply rooted and will live on.
Patricia Deldin
I'm so sorry for your loss. It is so hard.

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