Leticia Serrano 68 passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Wake Med in Raleigh, NC
.Leticia "Clara" Serrano, a long time resident of the Benson area, passed from this life into her Heavenly home on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC. Clara was surrounded by her children, and shrouded in peace, prayer, and love as she transitioned forward into her new eternal life.
Clara was born August 13, 1951 in Nieves, Zacatecas, Mexico to María Engracia Molina and José Aguero. Clara migrated from Mexico in the early 1970's with her husband, Modesto Armendarez, and bravely paved the way for her children to be born with greater opportunity. An entirely devoted mother, Clara raised a robust family of 7 children, and her influence helped guide the lives of 28 grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren. To all of the ones who were lucky enough to love her, she was their treasured matriarch, moral guidepost, sanctuary, and constant friend.
Clara was also defined through determined hard work and industriousness, never cowering from the need to do whatever necessary to care for her family. In her younger years she worked as a farm laborer, factory worker, assembler, and seamstress. In her later years, Clara devotedly cared for her own mother, María, until her passing.
Clara was cherished by countless people, including her family, friends, and her brothers and sisters in Christ at La Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Nueva Esperanza (New Hope Alliance Church). She was effortlessly graceful, clothed in humility, and generous in laughter. Never coveting material wealth or status, her greatest pride was in her family, and her greatest joy was in seeing them happy. Her good counsel was often sought and well trusted, and by her example, those around her were constantly instructed on how to overcome small annoyances and petty daily differences to focus on the only thing that truly matters: the people we love.
Clara was a dynamic, incredibly alive woman with diverse interests. An avid traveler, she also loved spending time and talking with her family and friends, knitting, animals, thrifting, playing loteria, reading and studying the Bible, attending church service, watching old classic Mexican movies, cooking, and being outside.
Clara's unconditional love, life and presence will ripple through countless generations to come. A "mother of nations," she will be pointed to as the exemplar of good grace, the quiet pillar of strength that built a family, and the caring woman who never turned anyone away from her home or her heart. Her name will always be said with joy, in honor of her beautiful life and in celebration of the eternal rebirth she so faithfully belived in.
In capturing who Clara was and how she lived, her love of Scripture speaks best: "You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." -1 Peter 3:4.
Clara will be greeted on God's shores by her parents, her husband Modesto, and her beloved son, Jose Mañuel Armendarez. Her legacy will be carried by her children: Javier (San Juanita) Molina, Alexandro (Pamela) Serrano, Yesenia Molina, Raymond Armendarez, Carolina (David) Armendarez, and Agustin (Teri) Armendarez. She will also be forever loved by her tribe of grandchildren: Eva Molina, Thalia Molina, Gaby Salinas, Jose Antonio Molina, Homar Molina, Vanessa Galindo, Edgar Molina, Javier Aguilar, Jazmin Aguilar, Joel Aguilar, Noe Rivera, Margarita Rivera, Zacarias Espinoza, Benjamin Rivera, Adrian Alex Serrano, Rosa Valdez Arciga, Maria Isabel Armendarez, Aaron Angel Serrano, Desaree Armendarez, Destina Hershman, Jorge Perez, Javier Perez, Juan Barefoot, Amanda Brown, Briana Alford, Janie Jarman, Sarah Rios and Atticus Armendarez. Her love will also live with her cherished only brother, Pedro (Cristina) Serrano Aguero, and her nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, June 26, 2020 at New Hope Alliance Church, 2642 Old Fairground Rd, Angier, NC, burial will be held at Our Lady Of Guadalupe in Newton Grove.
In lieu of donations or flowers, the family asks that in honor of Clara, all remember that the most important things in life are free and close at hand, and to "Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitide of sins." -1 Peter 4:8
Professional Services are entrusted to Hope Valley Hawkins Funeral Service & Cremation.
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