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Pilar Pagés Delaplane

October 23, 1961September 14, 2020

Pilar Pagés Delaplane, 58, of Athens, passed away at home on Monday 14 September 2020 at 8:17 AM surrounded by loving family. The cause of death was cancer.

A native of Matanzas, Cuba, Ms. Delaplane was the daughter of José Ramon Pagés and Teresita Fortuño Pagés of Athens. Pilar was a graduate of Clarke Central High School, the University of Georgia, and Loyola University New Orleans. She was a paralegal at the law firm of Silver & Archibald, LLP and known to many in the Athens community for her passionate advocacy for the poor and voiceless. She was an adventurous traveler, a pilgrim of the Camino de Santiago, Hadrian’s Wall, Iona, and the Holy Land. Foremost, Pilar was a fiercely devoted wife, daughter, and sister. Her friendships were many, cemented in mutual loyalty, and measured in decades. Impatient with platitudes and superficialities, Pilar was disarmingly authentic, her smile radiant, her laughter quick, her judgment slow, her capacity for joy contagious, and her empathy for the suffering boundless.

Ms. Delaplane is survived by her parents, her husband Keith Delaplane of Athens, sister Maria Pagés Center of Savannah, brother Hector Pagés (Ken Hedrick) of Atlanta, sister Nell Olliff (David) of Atlanta, mother-in-law Barbara Delaplane of Logansport, Indiana, and sister-in-law Joyce Pasel (Richard) of Logansport, Indiana. Her brother Ramón preceded her in death in 1969.

The family will receive friends for a celebration of life at an undecided future date.

A private funeral service will be held on 18 September 2020, officiated by Father Fred Wendel. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alms Jar Fund at the UGA Catholic Center.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.BernsteinFuneralHome.com


  • Private Funeral Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020


Pilar Pagés Delaplane

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Susan Denton Staley

September 17, 2020

Dear Keith,
So very sorry to hear of Pilars passing. My heart goes out to you and all of her loving family and friends. I hope you'll find peace in sweet memories.

Glenn Tucker

September 17, 2020

Mi más sentido pésame, descanse en paz, Pilar.

Un abrazo fuerte y sostenido a Dona Teresita y Don Ramon.

Los quiere,

Glenn (de Panama y el Centro Catolico)

Jeanne Nabers Davis

September 17, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Pilar’s passing. We graduated from high school together. We both grew up in Forest Heights. She was a wonderful person and I am so sorry for your loss.

Mark Hagan

September 17, 2020

I met Pilar briefly last year and her obituary describes her well. She was full of life & her joy & enthusiasm was contagious. So sorry for your loss.

Martha DeHart

September 17, 2020

I'm terribly sorry to hear of Pilar's passing. I enjoyed getting to know her at programs offered by Emmanuel Episcopal Church and seeing her around Athenstown. Sending prayers to her family. She will be missed.

Caroline Thomson

September 16, 2020

Dear dear friend Keith,

everyone at The Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers is devastated to hear of your loss. We did not have the opportunity to meet Pilar but heard wonderful stories of her from Michael Young, when he visited the USA and stayed with you both.

Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Stephen Owen

September 16, 2020

Pilar was truly a caring soul, an energetic and inspiring co-worker, and quick with a smile and a laugh! That smile... and that laugh...
I spent many moments chatting with her in her office (sometimes even about work-related matters), and will always treasure those memories.
My deepest condolences to Keith and to the Pages family- you are all in my thoughts.

Liliana Carroll

September 15, 2020

Pilar was the kind of person to light up a room when she came in. I often teased her mother about the look in her face (Tere’s) when she saw her beloved Pilar. A very special angel has entered into heaven and lit up the brightest star.

Jim & Corene Wilson

September 15, 2020

The Wilson family sends our prayers and concern. Blessings to the family as we all share in your great loss. She will be missed.

Gail Dean

September 15, 2020

My fondest memories of Pilar were dancing. If fact, the last time I saw her, we briefly danced under the trees. I will miss her lively spirit.


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