Eliza Mendez

Eliza Mendez

Wednesday, September 20th, 1922 Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

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Obituary for Eliza Mendez

Eliza Edwards, affectionately known as “Ms. Liza,” was born on September 20th, 1922, in the Seafield District in the Parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica, to Emmanuel Edwards and Amanda Williams, who preceded her in death. Ms. Liza was the third of six siblings, Stanley, Mary, Jestina, Wilbert and Walter, all of whom also preceded her in death. After suffering the loss of her father at a young age, she was raised by her God Parents and Uncle, Wilmot and Lillian Edwards.

Ms. Liza received her primary education at the Seafield Primary School and thereafter relocated to Ben Bow. She was self-employee market-vendor, more commonly known as a “Higgler,” and frequented the Bog Walk and Spanish Town Markets, where she would sell produce grown by her husband and other family members. She was a hardworking and jovial person who would “run-joke” with everyone.

On August 17th, 1975, Eliza Edwards married the love of her life, Michael Mendez, with whom she had 5 children, Ivel, Vilma, Velmore (Fay), Estina (Dimple) and Ronald (Bunny). Michael departed his mortal coils ahead of Eliza on December 26, 1986.

It was a cold winter afternoon on Sunday, January 15th, 1978, when Air Jamaica plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, bearing a very special passenger on her first airplane flight. Ms. Liza had migrated to the US with the help of her eldest daughter Vilma. After arriving in New York, she quickly formed a tight bond with her eldest grandson. She began her American working career in the home health care industry with the US Homecare Agency, where she worked until she retired. Ms. Liza’s remaining years were spent with her loving family in White Plains.
Mrs. Eliza Mendez was 97 years old, when she entered eternal life on Wednesday May 13th, 2020 at 5:45 PM at White Plains Hospital. She leaves behind to carry on in her spirit, her five children, a host of grand-children, great grand-children, great great grand-children, relatives, friends and acquaintances she has accumulated over her 97 years. Mr. and Mrs. Michael & Eliza Mendez are once again re-united and resting in peace together.

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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 | 12:00am
    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    575 Hillside Ave
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    Friday, May 22nd, 2020
  • Interment

    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 |
    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    575 Hillside Ave, 575 Hillside Ave
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    Friday, May 22nd, 2020

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