Miriam S. Melián

January 5, 1934April 5, 2021

Miriam Sanchez-Parodi Melián, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 5, 2021, at her home in Jacksonville, Florida, after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. Miriam was born on January 5, 1934, in Consolacion del Sur, Cuba.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ramon Q Sanchez-Parodi and Raquel Sanchez-Parodi; her brother Oscar Sanchez-Parodi; and granddaughter, Nicole Esther Campo. She is survived by her husband, Reverend Rafael M. Melián; children Ralph Melian (Terri) of New Orleans, LA; Miriam Crellin (Pat) of Pflugerville, TX; and Ralin Melian of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren Ralin Michelle Trosclair (Rusty); Paul Melian (Melissa); Sam Campo (Kristie); great-grandchildren Kassandra, Xander, and Walker Trosclair; Hudson, Kaylee, and Emma Campo; and her siblings Ramon Sanchez-Parodi, Ernesto Sanchez-Parodi (Esther), Rachel Sanchez-Parodi (Oscar), Milton Sanchez-Parodi (Linda), Michael Sanchez-Parodi (Beverly), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Miriam married Rafael M. Melián on April 22, 1954. Together, they ministered to rural towns of central Cuba, pastoring several Baptist churches before leaving with their family as refugees on January 11, 1962. The mission field was always an integral part of Miriam’s life as a pastor’s wife, and this work continued in the US for over 32 years in Home and Language Missions for the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisiana and Florida.

Miriam earned a degree in Religious Education from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1969. She received a B.A. in Foreign Language Education from Louisiana State University in New Orleans in 1972 and a Master’s in Education from Loyola University in 1980. She had a 20-year career in education, teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages as well as Spanish to high school students.

In her later years, Miriam continued serving the Lord as an active member in various Florida Baptist churches. She was passionate in ministry to Cuba through Aliento Cuba, a ministry planted by her spark of vision. This mission focuses on spiritual and humanitarian needs of people living in small rural areas of Cuba, letting them know about God’s love and assisting with their financial needs.

The family would like to thank the physicians and medical staff of Baptist Medical Center South and MD Anderson in Jacksonville, Florida, for their attention and care of Miriam during her battle with ovarian cancer. The family appreciates the kind and caring staff of Community Hospice & Palliative Care during Miriam’s final days. In keeping with Miriam’s generous spirit, it was her decision to donate her body. A family graveside service will take place in Pflugerville, TX on a future date.

For memorial contributions honoring the life of Miriam S. Melián, the family has designated Aliento Cuba P. O. Box 2292, Morgan Hill, CA. 95038, or online donation

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL (904) 288-0025.


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Amarilis Hernandez

April 16, 2021

Miriam Melián, amiga, hermana y madre fuiste para mi. Agradezco mucho a Dios el ministerio vuestro en Placetas y la Obra que desarrollaste entre los jóvenes en esos años, Tu recuerdo permanecerá en mi memoria, en mis actos y en mi vida, no los podré olvidar, como no podré olvidar tu voz, tus expresiones de cariño y tus consejos.
Para el pastor Melián, Rafael Melián Jr. Míriam Esther y Ralin Alicia, hermanos y hermana, sobrinos, nietos y bisnietos, mi más sentida condolencia y abrazo fraterno.

Pedro Raúl Sánchez Parodi González

April 15, 2021

Partiste,es duro, pero ya descansaste, nos dejaste con una gran pena, muy difícil de evitar, una mujer excepcional, transcendiste en el tiempo,apoyo cuando se necesito de ti,guía con tus palabras, excelente madre no solo para tus hijos.
Te vamos a extrañar siempre,y pensaremos siempre en ti en tus consejos y enseñanzas.
Descansa en paz y descansa en el corazón de todos los que te amamos, nunca te olvidaremos,parte de ti está en nosotros, gracias por tanto.

Karen Farah

April 14, 2021

I count it all joy for the blessing of having met your mom through the cancer support group. She was our greatest supporter and we loved seeing and and her smile and energy at each meeting even over zoom. Her memory will live on in us. We know how much she loved your dad and we will continue to pray for him as he adjusts to life without your mom. God bless your family.

Héctor Hernández

April 14, 2021

Míriam was a deeply Christian woman, she was kind, generous, she truly cared for others, she was a Mom for all, and she dearly loved her family. She was a person of integrity, Her memory will continue to be a blessing for those who knew her. My deepest sympathy for her husband, Rev. Melián, her three children Rafael, Míriam Esther, Ralin Alicia, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister, brothers, and rest of the family.

With heartfelt thoughts and prayers,

Héctor Hernández Jr.

Isabel Docampo

April 14, 2021

Miriam was a woman of great faith who, in my childhood, encouraged and challenged me to grow in Christian leadership. She was special. My deepest sympathy to Ralin Alicia, Miriam and Rafael and Rafael, Sr. And all the family. May God's peace comfort you.

Rebeca Martinez

April 14, 2021

Our sister was a great example of women of God . At the age 15 years old she encourage me to start doing duties at our church Sterling Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale FL , she always encouraged the youth to Move forward to the kingdom of God ,We well truly miss her our condolences for the family . P.S REBECA MARTINEZ AND OBED COTRES

Melanie Stivers

April 14, 2021

My heart breaks for our loss and rejoices in her home-going as I learn about Sra. Melian’s passing. I am privileged to have been one of her Spanish students at ASH, a nearby neighbor, and fellow member of Calvary in Alex. I am ever-grateful for her frequent words of encouragement and steadfast faith. Sending abrazos fuertes and love to her family during this difficult time.

Elie and Glenda Woerner

April 14, 2021

Our most sincere condolences to Miriam's family.
We cherish the years we spent together working to share the Gospel message to people speaking different languages in Louisiana.
Thanks for the memory and God's blessings to Rafael who will need His comfort.
With all our love.

Elie and Glenda Woerner

Don and Eva Deil Mabry

April 13, 2021

Miriam was such a wonderful, enjoyable, visionary and exciting person. She was always glad to see and visit with you. She was a fellow missionary, a fellow (non-paid) staff member, a trusted friend, and a very close neighbor, living next door at one time and up the street another time. She made the best black beans and rice dish in the world and shared it often. I am sure the Lord was ready for her to come home and make heaven a more enjoyable place with her unquenchable spirit. Thank you Lord for making her part of our lives.

Don and Eva Deil Mabry

Dennis & Carol Guidry

April 7, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers, and good thoughts your way. She was a sweet and wonderful lady, “ Anyone who knew her knew that this verse applied to her: She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” — Proverbs 31:26. She is with her Father God now and Heaven is one Saint richer for her being there.