Saturday, July 19, 2014
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At 98, although blind, she was still very self-sufficient, alert and had incredible Betty Grable legs. Born in Key West, as a young girl she made cigars and performed in Marlo Sanchez's plays. She later moved and lived in Miami for most of her adult life where she was an exceptional seamstress and a union organizer for the LGWU, until she was 88. She traveled the world and was a stanch Democrat with strong opinions. As a political activist she met presidents, governors and senators. She was a smart, hardworking, independent, fun loving, kind woman who never had a mean word for anyone. Those that knew her couldn't help but admire her.

She was also a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt.

She was always extremely proud of her five grandsons and their spouses and her many great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews with whom she had a close relationship.

She is in heaven now with her sight restored looking down on us all and praying for us as we will for her.

She loved to dance, especially the Tango. So, dance on Mom. Have fun with your friends, head down on to Heaven's version of the Habana Madrid with your ten-cent dime store shoes and kick up your heels.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dolores Garcia-Menocal and Jose Tranquilino Bello, both of Key West, husbands Benjamin Alvarez, Hannen Leeds, Ovello Moreno and Joseph Diecidue, brothers Armando Mato Menocal, Oscar Mato Menocal and Mario Mato Menocal, sisters Dalia Soriano, Violeta Garcia and Dolores Bello, nephews Lionel Soriano, Louis Garcia and George Garcia, nieces Noelia Garcia, Marta Menendez, Dolores Soriano, Nellie Garcia, Ofelia Mato, Onelia Mato and Zenaida Garcia.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Alvarez Sellers and caring son-in-law George, five grandsons, who she adored and who treated her with much love and respect, George Jr. Sellers (Gina), John Sellers, Mark Sellers (Mary Jo), Eric Sellers, Keith Sellers (Misti), great-grandchildren Cassie Sellers Dziatlik, Ethan Sellers, Caroline Sellers, Evan Sellers, Mark Sellers, Makaela Sellers, Eric Sellers, Bailey Sellers, Sierra Sellers and great-great-granddaughter Lola Smith, step-great-grandchildren Gus Alfonso, Amanda Alfonso, Jack Walker, Rachel Roberts, Gussy Alfonso, Lilly Roberts, and Lincoln Roberts, her loved step-sons Lou Diecidue (Janet) and Donald Diecidue (Gale), sister-in-law: Lolita Menocal, grand-nieces and great-grand nieces and nephews Oscar Menocal Jr., Mario Menocal, Geraldo Rojas (Zenida), Gilda Rojas (Dale) Yvette Valdez (Gerardo) Maida Garcia, Irida Garcia, Helen Garcia, Lila Garcia, Jolean Miller, Ray Ray Garcia, Christopher Garcia, Jerry Rojas, Brandy Bishop, Lionel Soriano, Odalis Soriano, Leonella Soriano, Elisa Soriano, Emilio Garcia Jr., Eddie Cisneros, Estella Cisneros and Elena Schoneck.

The family thanks the medical staff of LKMC, Dr. Boros, Dr. Byselow, Dr. Norris, VNA Hospice, Total Home Health (Al, Pam, Maida) Father John and the volunteers of St. Mary's. A memorial service will be held at a future date at The Basilica of St. Mary's Star of The Sea.