December 27, 1942 - January 20, 2023
There will be a Celebration of Carmen Cecilia’s Life at Divine Mercy Catholic Church on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. – 1940 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island FL 32953. The memorial service will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person via the church website.
The Committal Service will be at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery on February 7, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. – 5525 US-1, Mims, FL 32754.
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Carmen Cecilia Hernandez Parra passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2023, at the age of 80.
Carmen was born on December 27, 1942, to Dr. Guillermo Alfonso Parra and Lucila Parra de Silva. Carmen grew up in Bogota, Colombia, graduated High School in 1960 and studied abroad in Detroit, Michigan. Carmen raised a family while studying at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida where she graduated with her Associate of Arts Degree in August of 1988.
Carmen leaves behind her best friend and husband of 55 years, Rafael Eduardo Hernandez. Carmen and Rafael met in New York, married in Bogota, Colombia, and began their family in Miami, Florida. They would eventually relocate to Merritt Island, Florida, where they would live for the last 46 years.
Carmen is survived by her daughters, Maria Lucia Wilson, (Matthew) of Merritt Island, Dr. Nancy Hernandez-Salguero, (Omar) of Merritt Island, and Susan Elizabeth Grenon, (Michael) of Merritt Island. Carmen is predeceased by her parents, and brother, Enrique Alfonso Parra.
“Tata” also leaves behind her adored grandchildren, Justin Wilson (Elizabeth), Emily Harris (Bruce), and Nico Wilson; Mikito, Marissa and Daniela Grenon; and Isaac Salguero. “Tata” was a loving Grandmother and supported her grandchildren through their many passions. She was proud of her family and enjoyed telling friends about their efforts and activities.
Carmen Cecilia was a caregiver at heart making everyone she met feel welcomed and well taken care of, as if they were family. She had many passions that included traveling with her family, arts and crafts and she loved her fiestas. Carmen spent many years volunteering her time as a Spanish teacher at her children’s elementary school, at Brevard Community College, the Martha’s at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, and the Merritt Island Fire Department.
A heartfelt thank you to St. Francis Reflections Hospice for their care and support.
A special thank you to our angel of a caregiver, our treasure of a friend, Dalva Lesmeister. The compassion, trust and kindness that you gave “Tata” will never be forgotten.