Thursday, January 3, 2013
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Estela (Gonzalez) Betancourt

Estela (Gonzalez) Betancourt, 99, of Key West passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Longwood, Fla. She was born June 15, 1913, in Key West.

Estela is survived by her daughter, Novina Betancourt-Cabanas (Ray) of Sorrento, Fla.; stepdaughter, Carolyn Betancourt of Minnesota; and nine grandchildren: Ray Cabanas Jr. of Virginia, Cindy Cabanas-Piersall and Kathy Cabanas of Lake Mary, Fla., Dr. John Betancourt of North Carolina, David Betancourt, Robert Betancourt and Deborah Betancourt-Kirk, all of California, Delores Groff of Maryland, and Linda Hardy of Minnesota. Estela had 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Onelio Gonzalez of Key West, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Estela has now joined her other two children, daughter Norma Betancourt and son John Clements Betancourt Jr., along with her beloved husband, John Clemente Betancourt.

Estela devoted her life to her family. She will always be remembered for her loving, kind and gentle ways. God shared her with us as long as possible. Estela was our beacon, one that remains in all our hearts. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Mom

You knew how much I love you.

And I told you why.

Because you were the very best,

It's so hard to say goodbye.

You helped to raise my children.

And lived long enough to see,

How very proud I am of them.

To you how eternally grateful I will be.

Abuela

Our hearts are heavy as we bid you farewell;

You know how much we love you, we know you could tell.

An angel incarnate, you touched our lives so;

You taught by example, lessons to grow.

So many loved you, a spirit divine;

A more loving grandmother no one would find.

Heaven has gained another soul to shine bright;

One day we will join you, we know we are right.

We're sure you will touch those you meet over there,

In the same way you did so, when you were here.

Walking us home every day after school,

With umbrella in hand to usher the cool.

You sewed all our dresses and cut our hair.

When we were sick, you would always be there.

These things I remember and Oh, so much more.

Unconditional love exemplified, right to the core.

We were blessed to have had you, and this we must say.

You helped shape the persons that we are today.

It's heaven's turn to have you, we must let you go.

Until we meet again, Grandmother, we love you so.