Thursday, December 12, 2013
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ROSA GLADYS BOZA BETHEL

Rosa Gladys Boza Bethel, 86, a longtime resident of Key West, Fla., born on Nov. 29, 1927, in Regla, Cuba, was called to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. She was surrounded by her family and faithful caregiver.

She lived at 1407 Newton St. She was actually born on Nov. 5, 1927, in Regla, Cuba, but her birthdate was later registered as Nov. 29. She always had the distinct pleasure of celebrating her birthday twice each year.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 53 years, Dalbert Daniel Bethel, and is survived by her devoted daughter Sandra Bethel Sutliff and grandchildren Jacob and Hannah Sutliff of Virginia Beach, Va., her devoted niece Meylan Lowe (Randel) Watler, nephew Edward (Wanda) Lowe, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and her wonderful and devoted caregiver, Yvonne Watson.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Eduardo and Rosa Boza, brothers Osvaldo, Otmaro, Arnaldo, Orgelio and her sister, who was the love of her life, Aleida Boza Lowe.

She was raised in Regla, Cuba, and moved to the United States in 1958 in her 30s where she met and fell in love with the love of her life, Dalbert Daniel Bethel. She married him on Aug. 26, 1961. They shared 53 wonderful years together. Her greatest joy was making a happy home filled with love where everyone felt comfortable, safe and welcome.

She was one of the kindest and gentlest persons ever placed on this earth. She extended her kindness, always found the best in everyone and was extremely devoted to her family. She will be remembered for her extreme kindness to others, and her undying and devoted love for her family. She and her husband never met a stranger; they treated everyone as family.

She loved life, loved cleaning, gardening, camping, and sitting on her porch with her husband "shooting the breeze" with the neighbors. Her grandchildren were a tremendous sense of pride for her; she loved traveling to Virginia to visit with them, watch their sporting events, school activities, and to just spoil them.

Her departure from this world represents the end of an era. She leaves a void that will never be filled.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Dean Lopez Funeral Home. Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, with graveside burial at the Key West Cemetery. Dean Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.