On November 1, 2023, Lydia Jimenez, (aka "Eta") a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away at the age of 101. She passed peacefully from old age surrounded by three generations of her family. Lydia was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Monserrate Quiles and Ramon Navarro. She married Sergio Jimenez in New York City in 1948. She raised four children, Daisy, Roberto, Miguel, and Rebecca. Lydia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Miguel, brother and five younger sisters. She is survived by her three children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, her three youngest sisters: Ramonita, Silma and Marta Navarro and extended family members too many to list.
Lydia grew up in San German, Puerto Rico, and helped her mother care for her siblings. After WWII, Lydia migrated as a 23-year-old to New York City in pursuit of better job pay to help her family. She found a job assembling high end umbrellas. She met her future husband Sergio Jimenez at a party and married soon after. Lydia was a homemaker raising her four children. She later worked as a grocery store owner and later a supermarket check-out until she retired at 62.
Lydia was a favorite Titi and Abuelita to many of her nieces, nephews and adopted family. She loved her grandchildren and helped raise and care for them while the parents pursued their careers and education.
She loved to entertain family and friends and loved to talk. She loved going to church and being part of the Christian community. She always gave her children God's blessing: "Que Dios te bendiga" without fail.
Her memorial service will be held at Mathews Funeral Home in Staten Island, NY on December 10, 2023 at 3pm. The service will be live streamed to include friends and family from Puerto Rico, California, Arizona, and Florida. Her remains will be interned at the Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to her favorite charity: St. Jude Hospital for Children
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