Born in Chicago, Illinois to Puerto Rican parents Anastasia and Anastacio Velazquez, she was the youngest of two children. Her father was an experienced boxer and Korean War Veteran, while her mother was an orphan and factory worker. Although she was daddy’s little girl, she was no stranger to hard work. It was instilled in her at a very young age. As a teenager she dreamed of becoming a nurse but she fell in love and married her sweetheart Antonio Navarro. Together they had two daughters her orchid, Delilah and her rose, Yesenia.
An adoring wife and mother, she loved to dance, sing and cook, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was notorious for planning surprise vacations and she made sure that her daughters were well educated and well traveled. She would always tell them “vete, para que no te cuenten” (go so other’s don’t need to tell you about it). No matter how old her daughters were she always referred to them as her babies. She moved mountains to make their dreams come true and she always helped them reach their goals. When her grandson Anthony was born she made sure he always had everything he needed and asked for. She was the cornerstone and matriarch of the family. No matter how much pain she was in, she always had a smile and an encouraging word to share with those who needed it. Her door was always open and she was always willing to help those less fortunate. She shared her faith with friends and family. She believed in the power of prayer and she never lost hope no matter what the circumstances were. She always reminded us the Lord will provide and He always did. Her love, faith and courage will forever be missed, now that God has called her home.
She is survived by her loving husband Antonio Navarro, her eternally grateful daughters Delillah Navarro and Yesenia Dybas, her grandson Anthony Navarro, her sons-in-law David Lopez and Frank Dybas, her brother David Velazquez, her niece Melinda Velazquez, her nephew David Velazquez Jr and the niece she loved like a daughter Carmen Aponte.
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