Life Story for
Maria Luisa Garcia, was born on October 10, 1936 to Damaso Noval and Agustina Diaz. She was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. She was the second oldest of five children. At a young age her family moved to Habana, where she grew up, got married and had three children (Daisy, Leonel, & Gladys).
As a young girl, Maria Luisa loved helping her mom in all house chores but especially in the kitchen. She would wake up earlier than everyone else before school to pre-soak and start the cooking process of the beans that would be served for lunch each day. She married Carmelo Hernandez, and this union produced one daughter, Daisy. The marriage didn’t last because they were both very young, and they divorced shortly after. She also had two other children, Leonel and Gladys who were born from her second marriage to Leonel Garcia Romeu. This marriage lasted 19 years.
In October of 1971, at the age of 35, Maria Luisa, her husband and the 3 children, left Cuba and immigrated to Elizabeth, New Jersey where they lived for 17 years. She worked in a factory on an assembly line. Later, as a cashier in a business she and her husband started. At age 40 she survived cancer and at age 42 she had to face another difficult challenge, after a 19 year marriage she was asked for a divorced and again became a single mom to her two youngest children Leo and Gladys, her oldest daughter Daisy was already married and had two children of her own. She was heartbroken, but focused on working, taking care of her children, and staying connected to her elderly parents and the rest of her family. She worked very hard and set an amazing example of strength, determination, and love; her life’s purpose became, to set a good example for her children and guide them to become the best they could be. Maria was always focused on her children’s needs. She refused to date, or go out on her own, or with friends; her sisters became her friends, her distraction became visiting her parents with her kids every Sunday to play Dominos (this was her parents favorite past time). Her goal was to raise kids that would become strong, healthy and happy to provide all her love so that they would not feel the absence of their father.
In 1988 Maria moved to Miami with her youngest daughter Gladys, her husband Adolfo and their daughter Jessica Marie to be united with her middle son Leonel who had moved two years earlier.
Maria Louisa’s education was limited, she only finished the 4th grade, but her wisdom in living life and her God given gifts allowed her to excel in everything she set to do. At the time of her divorce her financial status couldn’t meet her needs, but with the support of her family, her kids and her very hard work, she was able to save enough money to purchase her first home, that she shared with her youngest daughter Gladys, her son in law Adolfo and 3 years later her baby granddaughter Jessica Marie. When the property sold to move to Florida she used the profits to buy a rental property that allowed her to put money away to invest later on. Her daughter Daisy and family eventually moved to Florida and she became a Real State Broker, this made it possible for Maria to invest and she continued buying, fixing and selling, and always with great profits. Finally her hard work paid off, she was able to quit working and used her time to cover all her kids needs; no matter what any of them needed she was always there to serve them and anyone in her family.
Maria Luisa was filled with love; she would always put her needs aside to cover the needs of her family, she always had a smile, good advice, tender words and a kind heart. She had the gift of touching the heart of everyone she met. She not only touched them with her words of encouragement, but with a smile that would light up a dark room.
Maria lived to be 80 years of age and she lived a good and productive life. In the last part of her life, she was able to have a personal relationship with her creator, was baptized, was learning His word and realized that death is nothing to fear, that it is not the end, that it is only the beginning of a new life, where there is no pain, fear, worries or sorrows and that when you know where you’re going and who is waiting there for you, You are finally Home.
As you read about Maria’s life, you may think she was; Strong, Wise, Simple, Loving, Tender, Kind and I would agree with all these statements, however if I had to describe her with just one word, I would say she was; Love!
On May 12, 2017, at 1:35 pm God looked down and saw that His precious child was tired and her body needed to rest. He saw that her work on Earth was done, and then He wrapped his arms around her and whispered in her ear “Como with me.” She quickly answered the call to be with Him in heaven. With tears in our eyes we saw her taking her last breath. Though we loved her so, we could not make her stay. Our hearts were broken because an amazing woman was gone from our life! God broke our hearts but it was only to show us that He takes home nothing but THE BEST!
May Maria Luisa Garcia’s’ soul rest in eternal peace.
She is preceded in death by her father Damaso Noval, her mother Agustina Diaz, and her brothers, Manolo and Ramon Noval.
She leaves to mourn her precious memories: Her daughters, Daisy Fernandez and Gladys Fonseca; Her only son Leonel Garcia; Her sons in law Bernardo Fernandez and Adolfo Fonseca; Her grandchildren, Madeline Elias and David Fernandez (daughter and son of Daisy), Jessica Marie Fonseca (daughter of Gladys), Yolanda Garcia Rivera (daughter of Leonel), Ted Elias (Madelines’ husband), Ivet Fernandez (Davids’ wife); Her great grandchildren, Tatiana and Mia Fernandez, (daughters of her only grandson; David), Nichole and Katelyn Elias, (daughters of her oldest grandchild Madeline); Two younger sisters Gladys Garcia and Julia Segovia; and a host of nieces and nephews, along with family and friends, including distant love ones.