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Lidia Diaz-Bravo

Lidia Diaz-Bravo

05/02/1930 - 10/30/2020
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Lidia Mercedes Díaz Bravo passed away peacefully on October 30, 2020. Lidia was married for almost 50 yrs to Rafael Bravo (deceased), and is survived by eight children, Milagros, Mildred, Mayra, Pablo, José, Maribel, Damián, and Evelyn; eighteen grandkids; sixteen great grand kids, and five great-great grandkids .

Lidia Bravo was born in 1930 in the small town of Luperon, Dominican Republic, to Pablo Morrobel and Gabriela Diaz (Both deceased).

As a child, Lidia was very mischievous, pranking others, as well as fearlessly enjoying bareback horse riding.

As an adult, Lidia was a social activist (before it was “cool”). In her native country she helped create a cooperative to assist in providing much needed goods and services to her community; for which she earned the Presidential Medal for Public Service. She always cared about others; she often encouraged us to always help anyone, especially those in need; even if they were strangers. She passed down this belief because of firsthand experience. She had been on the receiving side of different acts of kindness by strangers who helped her and her family during difficult times.

Lidia had a tremendous passion for giving her family a better life, she loved to travel and was not afraid of change. She was a seamstress who created beautiful dresses and clothing. She sewed uniforms for the local school in Santo Domingo DR. She left her beloved country and immigrated to the US to work in a sewing factory so she could earn enough money to bring her husband and five younger children for a better life. After her husband found a steady job in the US, she successfully sold toys, perfumes, household cleaning supplies and natural medicine to subsidize their income. She enjoyed a well-earned yearly vacation to the Dominican Republic. Always looking for a better opportunity and safety for the family; she moved the family 38 times. Who can forget the monthly rearranging of our living room furniture? It was hard work but the results were satisfying.

She loved adventures; one time, Lidia decided to drive, from NYC, with her son Damian (who was stationed in Mississippi) for an 18-hour trip, to then come back to NYC by train by herself, for a 20-hour trip. She was in her late 60's then, with a limited knowledge of English, so imagine how apprehensive the family felt that she was traveling alone. Needless to say, when Lidia got off the train at Penn Station, NYC, it was 1 a.m. She gave her son Jose a resplendent smile. It was the happiest that her son Jose had ever seen her.

Lidia had a sweet tooth; she loved the square caramel candy and peanut brittle. She also loved sweet strong black coffee.

Lidia was a woman born ahead of her time, she was bold in life and fearless when it came to finances. In 1978, she and her family moved again, buying a house in Queens NY (The best decision ever for the family); mind you, this was around the time when the “Son of Sam“ killer was terrorizing Queens. But worse, the mortgage was going to cost a whopping $326.45. During those times that was a big amount. Lidia did not let this stop her; she worked harder to pay for the mortgage. In a short time, she was able to stop working since Rafael joined the union at work, received a raise and his job was guaranteed.

To say that Lidia loved family, was an understatement; the kids can attest to all the weekly trips to visit family. She enjoyed having people come over and entertain. The door to her house was always open to anyone.

For the last 12 years, Lidia suffered from dementia. However, in all that time she never lost her humanity. She always said please and thank you. She was always singing and to the delight and annoyance of her son Damian (her main caregiver), she learned how to whistle in her 70s. During her moments of lucidness within this period, she always expressed her love for all her kids and family and how thankful she was.

Lidia will be missed and never forgotten. Her love and strength nurtured a big beautiful family that will keep on thriving and living by her example.

Lidia will be rewarded for her undying faith by being welcomed by Saint Peter with open arms.



Spanish Version

Lidia Mercedes Díaz de Bravo falleció el 30 de Octubre, 2020. Lidia tuvo un matrimonia de casi 50 años con Rafael Bravo Hernandez (difunto), y le sobreviven sus 8 hijos(Milagros, Mildred, Mayra, Pablo, José, Maribel, Damián, and Evelyn; y sus 18 nietos, 16 bisnietos, y 5 tataranietos.

Lidia Bravo nació en 1930 en el pequeño pueblo de Luperón, República Dominicana, única hija de sus padres Pablo Morrobel y Gabriela Diaz (ambos difuntos).

Desde niña, Lidia fue muy traviesa, bromeando a todos. También sin temeridad le encantaba montar caballo sin sillín.

Cuando joven, Lidia fue una activista social (antes de que sea “cool”). En su país natal, ella ayudó a crear una cooperativa para asistir a proveer muy necesitados bienes y servicios a su comunidad; que le ganó la Medalla Presidencial for Servicio Público. Ella siempre se preocupa por otros; ella frecuentemente nos decía que ayudemos a nuestros prójimos, especialmente aquellos con necesidades; aunque sean conocidos o desconocidos. Ella ha fomentado en sus hijos esta convicción por su experiencia de primera mano. Lidia experimento las diferentes actas de bondad de parte de gente forasteras quienes le dieron ayuda a ella y su familia durante tiempos difíciles.

Lidia tuvo una tremenda pasión por darle a su familia una mejor vida, le encantaba viajar , y no le temía al cambio. Ella fue una costurera que creó bellos vestidos y vestimentas. Ella cosió uniformes para el colegio local en Santo Domingo RD. Ella dejó su amado país natal, sola, hacia los EU para trabajar cosiendo en una factoría para ganar suficiente dinero para poder traer a su esposo y sus 5 niños pequeños para darle una mejor vida. Ella lo logró en un año. Después de que su esposo Rafael consiguió un trabajo estable, ella exitosamente vendió juguetes, perfumes, suministros de limpieza para el hogar, y medicinas naturales para subvencionar su ingreso. Sus esfuerzos ayudaron a la compra de dos casas. (una in los EU & una in RD). Disfrutaba de una bien ganada vacación anual en RD . Siempre buscando una mejor oportunidad y seguridad para su familia; ella mudo a la familia 38 veces. Quien no olvidará el reordenamiento mensual de los muebles? Era trabajo duro, pero los resultados fueron agradables.

A Lidia les gustaban las aventuras; una vez, ella decidió viajar en auto de NYC, con su hijo Damian (quien estaba estacionado Mississippi en el Navy) para un viaje de 18 horas hacia Mississippi y sola en el viaje de 20 horas de vuelta a NYC por tren. En ese entonces, Lidia tenía la edad de casi 65 años, con conocimiento limitado del inglés; Pues imagínense lo inquietud que la familia siente al saber que ella viajaba sola. Cuando Lidia se desmonto del tren en Penn Station, NY, al la 1 A. M.; ella le dio a su hijo Jose una resplandeciente sonrisa. Esta fue una de las veces que su hijo la haya visto la más feliz en su vida.

Lidia era una dulcera; les encantaban los caramelos cuadrados y crocante de mani. Tambien le gustaba tomar cafe negro bien endulcado.

Lidia fue una mujer nacida antes de su tiempo, ella era audaz en su vida y valiente hacía tomar riesgos financieros. En el 1978, ella y su familia se mudaron de nuevo al comprar una casa en Queens NY (la mejor decisión de siempre para la familia). La compra de la case convencido con el “Son of Sam Killer" que estaba aterrorizando a Queens. Pero que eso, la hipoteca costaba $326.45; que en ese tiempo era una gran cantidad. Lidia no dejó que la detenga; ella trabajó más fuerte para poder pagar la hipoteca. En poco tiempo ella pudo dejar de trabajar, Rafael ingresó a la unión, recibió un aumento y su trabajo fue garantizado.

Decir que Lidia amaba a su familia, es una atenuación; todos los pueden dar fe con todos las visitas semanales a la familia. Ella disfrutaba de la compañía de amigos y familia para entretenerlos. La puerta de su casa siempre estaba abierta para cualquiera.

Por los últimos 12 años, Lidia padecía de demencia. Sin embargo, en todo el tiempo ella nunca perdió su humanidad. Ella siempre dijo porfavor y gracias. Ella continuamente cantaba para la deleite y fastidio de su hijo Damian (su cuidador principal). Ella aprendió a silbar en la edad de los ochentas. Durante sus momentos lúcidos dentro de este periodo, ella siempre expresó su amor y agradecimiento por todos sus hijos y familia.

A Lidia se le hechara de menos y nunca la olvidaremos. Su amor y fuerza crió a una gran bella familia que continuará prosperando y viviendo por su ejemplo.

Lidia será premiada por su fe eterna cuando San Pedro le dé las bienvenidas con brazos abiertos.
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  • Funeral Service

    Sunday November 1, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday November 1, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Cabarrus Funeral & Cemetery
    Address
    3892 Hwy 73 E
    Concord, North Carolina 28025
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    Officiant
    Father Jerome
  • Interment

    Sunday November 1, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday November 1, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Cabarrus Memorial Gardens
    Address
    3892 Hwy 73 E
    Concord, North Carolina 28025
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