OBITUARY

Carmen Louise Mercado

March 3, 1948July 29, 2018
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Carmen Louise Mercado was born on March 3, 1948 and passed away on July 29, 2018

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 6, 2018
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Carmen Louise Mercado

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John Camacho

August 7, 2018

My beloved cousin, what I have always remembered about "baby", what her father called her, was this; at 16 she took care of the entire household of six kids including her dad. she had to wake all of us, make breakfast, made sure we all got to school on time. After school she had to make sure we all did our homework, make dinner, made sure all showered and to bed at nine. She was responsible for all of the aforementioned for the nine months I lived with the family; I was nine years old but looking backI cannot imagine how she was able to pull it off. Through the years we spoke over the phone many times, she was truly a bad mamma jamma! I will always love and remember Carmen. RIP cuz.

Melissa Massari

August 5, 2018

Titi Baby was a one of a kind soul. She always hugged you so tight so you knew she meant it. She welcomed me into the family with all of her love and support. We are sad you have left us but your memory will love on in your children, grandchildren and us. We will miss you! Love always Andy, Meli, Carrie, Nelson & Nina Massari

Noemi Martinez

August 5, 2018

Dear Carmen, Our entire family is going to miss you dearly. Thank yo so much for all
The love and support you gave us and the kids. We will cherish all our memories of you.

With all our love, Edgar, Noemi, Austin and Gabby 💜

Meghan Zeller

August 5, 2018

It is such a sad day to loose Carmen, but we are gaining an angel. Camen has always been so welcoming and loving to me and my family. Her laugh and smile would light up a room. I love how honest and outspoken she was. The thing that I will always remember is how she loved her grandchildren! She extended that love to my boys as well. They loved her and called her Mama Carmen. I will miss her humor, laugh and smile. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family! Love Meghan

Frank Pena

August 5, 2018

Dear Carmen,
I thank God for your life. By your coming into our family, our life got richer with your love and appreciation. Thank you for being a teacher in schools and in our Catholic faith. I will continue to keep you and your dear family in my prayers and deep in my heart. May God accept you in heaven and you rest in peace. I will miss you!

With Love,
Frank Pena

maya pena

August 5, 2018

my favorite memories with mama Carmen was in kindergarten. I remember before school started we went back to school shopping and we got similar shirts that I wore on the first day of school. I also remember her picking me up from school sometimes and we would go to wendys and get a backed potato with a Mc' flurry. my other favorite memories with mama carmen were going to the pool, I feel like the pool is where most memories were made. she taught me how to dive, how to swim, how to put in water earplugs so I didn't get ear infections, I learned a lot from mama Carmen. I'm gonna miss doing a lot of things with her, especially Christmas and my birthday. during the holiday's mama Carmen didn't joke. She went all out and put all of her love into the presents she gave. I will also miss her cooking my favorite meal on my birthday (pork chops) and my birthday spankings. I am gonna miss you so much mama but you will always be in alive in my heart. luv u

Elis Pena

August 5, 2018

Dear Carmen! you will live in our hearts forever. May you be resting in peace in heaven.

Frandy Pena

August 5, 2018

Mama, I know your looking down on us from heaven. You loved and touched so many people. We are heartbroken and we give thanks for all of the beauty, fun, unconditional love and laughter that you filled us with. There were so many fond memories together. We feel you with us and get the gift of you through the kids and your family. Thank you for loving me as a son. Thank you for sharing every minute with us and staying up with me the late nights just to make sure that I would go to bed. We miss you so much!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your wondrous life with us.

Gilbert Camacho

August 5, 2018

Baby always challenged me to read. She gave me 10 cents for new words that I learned if a could spell it, describe it and correctly use it in a sentence. Whenever I learned a new word on the streets or at school, and there were a lot, she would say look it up. When I told her the word wasn't in the dictionary she would say don't use it because it's not a real word. Baby was part sister and part Mom but she ws all love.

Carlos Mercado

August 5, 2018

I woke recently, to voices in my head telling me write what is coming into your heart now. here it is:
For weeks, while the love of my life fought to continue to be with us in body, I stood next to her side as her advocate, sounding board, struggling to keep my promise to her “you will not be alone”. How do I deal with the separation of one body which we have been for over 50 years. I looked around me, saw and heard, our family, our friends, friends of family, friends of friends support us via telephone, facebook, instagram, word of mouth describing her as mom, grandma, baby, titi, sis, my friend, Carmensita, Carmen, my sweetheart, my heart. I was numb by the outpouring of love for her and me, how she left a bit of herself in so many people. I realized that I will never be alone, your outpouring of love for Carmen and me is proof of that. How do I express to you what she meant to me? No need to explain because we lived it every day. How do I explain to you why she is not here with us today in body, the scripts of our lives are written by God, we cannot change them! I woke up from my sleep today to many voices in my heart, all telling me about the seeds of love she planted in everyone she has met, past and present. All I can say is that I my heart is at pease now, she will never let me nor any of us be alone, nor will I. I hope to carry her legacy of love with joy in my heart. God will keep her busy.

Biography

Carmen L. Mercado passed on July 29, 2018, surrounded by loving family members at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA. She was born March 3, 1948, to Fructuoso Camacho and Josefina Robles in New York City. She married her husband Carlos Mercado on November 30, 1974, and settled in Danbury, CT where they raised two children, Lisette (Mercado) Pena and Adrian Mercado, before retiring to Chandler, AZ. Carmen spent a significant portion of her career teaching and helping children within the classrooms of St. Joseph’s School and South Street School in Danbury, CT. She also devoted significant time to the Church volunteering and becoming a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s and later St. Mary Magdalene in Gilbert, Arizona. Carmen was always the center of attention at family gatherings and was known for vibrant storytelling. She was always willing to lend a helping hand and is remembered fondly by many for opening her home to anyone in need throughout the years and offering advice to those who sought it. A beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed working on arts and crafts, spending time with her husband and grandchildren, and going on outings with her friends. Carmen is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 44 years, Carlos; daughter, Lisette; son, Adrian; four grandchildren, and numerous brothers, sisters, and family members.
The family would like to express their unending love and gratitude to the many family and friends who traveled to be with Carmen during her illness, as well as those who have helped and prayed during this trying time. Carmen was truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed.