Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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JULIA ELIZABETH MENENDEZ RARDON

Julia Elizabeth Menendez Rardon, a longtime resident of Key West, Fla. was called to be with our Lord on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Regents Park of Jacksonville. She was 93.

Julia was devoted to her family, friends and her churches. She was a member of Key West United Methodist and Green Hill Baptist of Rutherfordton, N.C. Julia had many friends in both churches and loved to be an integral part of the congregations.

Julia Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband and father of three children, Louis R. Menendez of 32 years. She was also predeceased by husband William Rardon of 10 years. Her family members predeceased were her parents William and Hilda Hamlin and her brothers Louis, Robert and Billy Hamlin. Julia is survived by three sisters whom she dearly loved. Shirley Lane (John), Ruth Spicer and Virginia Schoneck, who were very special in her life.

Julia was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her son Bobby Menendez (Cathy); daughters April Menendez Gili (Larry) and June Menendez McDowell (Bob). Her grandchildren are Bobby Menendez Jr. (Jennifer), Dee Dee Henriquez (Ralph), Tony Gil, Christina Naranjo, Louis McDowell, Heather Niemiec (Chris) and Chris Carrico. She is survived by great grandchildren Ashley Henriquez, Ralphie Henriquez, Alex Naranjo, Angela Villard, Anthony Gil, Michael Gil, Amanda Gil, Skylar Menendez, Presley Menendez and Thomas Niemiec. Julia was also very proud of her great grandchildren Hazel Naranjo, Julian Sanchez and Zoey Benetiz. She was also proud of her numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to acknowledge Regents Park of Jacksonville for their loving care the past four years and Hardage-Giddens Shannon Curry, for her guidance regarding the services for our special mom, grandmother, great grandmother and loving friend.

Julia Elizabeth had a tremendous love for her animals. In lieu of flowers her wishes were to donate in her name to Pet Rescue North, Inc. P.O. Box 28574 Jacksonville, FL 32226-8574.

God Bless our mom. You were so loved.