Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, was called home to be with our Lord on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Having been born in Costa Rica on August 23, 1923, our mother, Clemencia Azofeifa, was a devoted follower of Christ, preaching and teaching about the good news of Jesus faithfully to all those she met along life’s journey. She claimed Psalm 27 as her own!
Although we can write a book about the 97 years she spent on this earth, what we’d like for those who celebrate her life to know is that she was much loved! Our mother experienced every high and low of life. Her humble beginnings taught her to depend on God and to love her little children fiercely by guiding them, protecting them and teaching them in the right paths. Our mother delighted in having her family with her, especially all her grandchildren, whom she so loved. Her prayers of faith have sustained all of us. We know that her legacy to us is her inspiring and unwavering faith that, “God is with us!”
Our mother worked very hard all her life. She was a leader and did not wait for someone else to do that which she knew she was the one to do it. One of her many joys was to serve in the church, which she did with devotion as a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, a lay preacher and teacher. She was the first to sign-up for mission trips and she went on many. She loved to pray with you and for you. Her sense of humor, ready smile and twinkle in her eye made life light and fun. She liked to draw, paint, write stories and sit and play little melodies on the piano. She was curious, intelligent and always so very aware of her surroundings. She was thrilled with her travels abroad with her trip to Israel as a highlight where she walked where Jesus walked.
Clemencia is survived by her children, Dunia (Guido Sr.), Manuel (Ruth), Ernesto (Donna), Ana (Gabriel) and Mayra (Isaac). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sandra (Jorge), Guido Jr., Jeannie (Andy), Ivan (Maggie), Cynthia, Marlene (Juan), Rurik, Kevin, Karla (Drew), Krysta (Daniel), Eric, Ivy (Evan), David (Michelle), Noemi (Mike) and Christopher; and her great-grandchildren, Ken (Danielle), Carolina, Ivan, Christian, Andrew, Spencer, Kevin, Juan (Alicia), Gabriela, Samuel, Xavier, Katherine, Amelio, Eliana and Samantha.
We all will just say a temporary goodbye. We will see Mami, Mama, Abuelita, Grandma, doña Clemencia again in heavenly places. Let the people say, amen.
Mami, you are forever in our hearts and now you are in the House of the Lord forever because the Lord was your Shepherd. We love you! La queremos mucho, Mami.
Visitation was held on Monday, October 5, at 9:30 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church at 1408 Alsace in Castroville. Interment followed in Castroville Community Cemetery off Hwy 90 W, between Alsace and Jackson Streets in Castroville.