Maria del Pilar Diaz

August 23, 1928February 24, 2013

Maria del Pilar Diaz, age 84, of Winchester, VA, formerly of Miami, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal, VA.

A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Funeraria Memorial Plan Coral Gables, 1717 S. W. 37th Ave.; Miami, FL 33145. Entombment will follow in Flagler Memorial Park. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Diaz was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba on August 23, 1928, a daughter of the late Hilario Perez Presmanes and Maria Pilar Gandarillas. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1968 She was the beloved wife of the late Marcelino Amado Diaz and the loving mother to Hilario de Jesus Diaz and wife Stephanie of Sterling, VA, and Francisco Javier Diaz and wife Mollie Sandidge of Winchester,VA. She was the loving sister to Dr. Manuel Gandarillas, Sr., and Jesus E. Perez Gandarillas; and the devoted grandmother to Agazzi, Selam and Alma. She taught private piano lessons, but relished the role of homemaker for her family. She was a member of the St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Miami.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Wilis Burris

April 7, 2013

Dear Frank and Mollie,

May God welcome and protect her soul in all his worlds. My mom is the same age August 11, 1928. They could have been twins.

Love Willis & (Bev)

Teresa D. Arcay

March 6, 2013

Elegante, distinguida, dulce y con grandes talentos! asi siempre recordare a nuestra prima Pilarin, como nosotros le llamabamos. Para toda su familia y en nombre de toda nuestra familia Gonzalez Diaz, nuestro mas sentido pesame. Que los dulces recuerdos llenen de paz y alegria vuestros corazones. un abrazo para todos.


March 4, 2013

Hola familia Diaz. Por favor acepten nuestras condolencias por la perdida de Maria. Nuestro amoroso Dios tiene a Maria en su memoria y promete traerla a la vida segun la promesa de Revelacion capitulo 21 versiculo 4. Espero que encuentren Consuelo en estas polabras.

February 28, 2013

We shall continue to offer prayers for the progress of Pilar's radiant soul in the worlds of the Eternal Kingdom of God.

Bob and Beverly Hunsaker

February 28, 2013

Dear Frank, Larry,and family, we are truly blessed to have had Pilar & Marcelino be part of our family's fond memories. Pilar's grace and dignity were ever present as was her pride in her family & heritage. Ws especially enjoyed talking to her about family, religion, politics, her playing our piano and sharing an eggnog. May God bless you and keep you,
Kate & Cary with our family in Winchester, VA

Ulises & Carmen Pomar

February 28, 2013

Dear Frank and Mollie, Ulises and I are praying for your Mom's soul and her return to our Father's House. May God grant you peace and acceptance, and the certainty that we will all be together one day in his presence. Lots of love from all of us,

Joyce Sandidge-Jones

February 28, 2013

Pilar was a true expression of love....from her sparkling eyes, to her smile, limited English and hand gestures. I didn't always understand some of her stories but she brought them to life and English or not....we were able to communicate. I am proud to have known her and even prouder that she considered me a friend. Thinking of the family today. Much love.

Manny Gandarillas

February 28, 2013

Frank and Larry, my deepest condolences. My strongest memories of Tata was when we lived together at your house, after having moved to Miami from Texas. I always felt welcomed by her and miss her. I am happy that I got to see her in Virginia a few months back. She is in a better place now; rest her soul.

Don, Rachel, Abby & Casey Conklin

February 27, 2013

Dear Frank and Mollie,

Rachel and I want to express our sincerest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. We consider your family our extended family and value your friendship greatly. Please take comfort in knowing you are in our thoughts and daily prayers. We trust your time in Miami will be a time of healing as you share fond memories with family and friends. Be safe and be well.


Jeannie Lopez-Smith

February 27, 2013

From her piano playing stories, stories about Cuba and her immigration experience to Miami, to her words like: "guanaja" and "Ay mi madre"...Pilar was like a grandmother to me. I cared for her, took her shopping, took her out to eat, took her to the doctors office, took her to get her hair and nails done...every experience was wonderful, funny and memorable. I remember when I took her to my house 2 Christmas' ago...we had so much fun with her. We played old Christmas carols. She danced and we got her to eat! She talked about her family frequently. She loved her sons and grandchildren and daughter in laws and all of her family. She missed Cuba. Sharing her friendship over the last 3.5 years has truly been a blessing to my life. Knowing her and Frank, Molly and their precious children has been a blessing in my life. I will always love her and will keep your family in my prayers. -Jeannie Lopez-Smith, ED RN/Home Instead Caregiver