Consorcia M. Herndone
July 14, 1928 – January 5, 2019
Background for Consorcia Mercado Herndone: Grandfather: Timoteo Mercado Grandmother: Maria Atienza Father: Miguel Atienza Mercado Mother: Emilia Camposano Daen
Consorcia Family Lineage: The Mercado family were wealthy farmers who rented land from the Dominican religious order. Descendants of a Chinese immigrant named Domingo Lam-co, they changed their name to Mercado ("market") under the pressure of anti-Chinese sentiment amongst the Spanish colonizers. Consorcia’s line is from the Albay Province by the foothills of scenic Mayon Volcano, Notable family member of the Mercado line includes Francisco Rizal Mercado, Father of Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado (June 19, 1861 - December 30, 1896) – the 1st Philippine National Hero.
Life of Consorcia: Daughter of Miguel Atienza Mercado & Emilia Camposano Daen from Legaspi City in the Albay Province, Philippines. Siblings are Bienvenido Daen Mercado (deceased), Fredesvindo Daen Mercado (deceased), Romualdo Daen Mercado (deceased), Mirna Daen Mercado (deceased), Conrado Daen Mercado (deceased), Flordelis Mercado Legaspi, Rolando Daen Mercado, Hernando Daen Mercado, & Nora Mercado Jara. Consorcia (“Connie” as she was fondly known by) grew up in a middle-class household. Her father, Miguel Atienza Mercado was a merchant marine & her mother, Emilia Camposano Daen Mercado became a housewife & mother for 10 children. During her father’s absence, Consorcia assisted her eldest brother Bienvenido in keeping the household together for their mother. Being a talented pianist, Consorcia studied music theory in the University of Santo Thomas. During her tenure, she shared a dorm room with Corazon Aurora Aquino, who eventually became the wife of her eldest brother, Bienvenido. Consorcia continued her music studies through the University of the Philippines & graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Aside from English, Consorcia was also fluent in the Tagalog language as well as the regional dialect of Bicolano.
Through a mutual friend, Consorcia met an Airman in the U.S. Air Force, James C. Herndone, Jr. After a courting period, they both entered a loving marriage that would span 50 years. During his military career, James & Consorcia Herndone resided @ Clark Air Base in the Philippines, Edwards Air Force Base in California, and Air Base Cape Code in Massachusetts. When James retired from the military, they settled in Jacksonville, Florida with their daughter Domaris Herndone & their niece, Evangeline Mercado. Consorcia worked for the City of Jacksonvile in the Recreation Department for 23 years, and retired December 31, 1995. Aside from being a devoted wife & loving mother, Consorcia spent several years taking care of her mother, Emilia & her younger sister Mirna up until their eventual passing. She also offered her home as a temporary settlement for her eldest brother, Bienvenido & his family when they immigrated from the Philippines. Prior to leaving the Philippines, Consorcia taught piano where she was able to save enough money, and purchased a large plot of land which serves as a home base for her siblings & future generations of Mercados to live. On June 25, 2010, Consorcia lost the love of her life, James C. Herndone, Jr. She lived a quiet & happy life, spending her remaining years in her home in Jacksonville under the care of her dedicated daughter, Domaris Herndone. Consorcia will be remembered for her internal strength, love of family, dedication to helping others, and the legacy she left behind in the Philippines for her surviving siblings, nieces, nephews, & future generations.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 or give online at support.communityhospice.com
“A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” - Honore de Balzac
- Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, January 12, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
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