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Estrella Mendez

October 15, 1926July 18, 2020

Estrella Mèndez Cala, age 93, went to be with the Lord on July 18, 2020. She was born on Oct 15, 1926 to David Mèndez y Mèndez and Angela Cala Godines in Santiago de Cuba. She obtained a college degree in philosophy in Cuba but never worked outside the home. She came to the United States from Cuba in May 1963 following the Communist take-over of Cuba. She never returned to Cuba but it was always her hope to visit her beloved homeland to see the family she left behind. Once arriving to the USA, she lived in Springfield MA, New Jersey, New York, Miami, and New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit, she was in a nursing home in New Orleans that evacuated to Baton Rouge. She moved to Little Rock in September 2005 following Katrina. In April 2014 Jorge and Susan took her home to be with family and friends. She enjoyed home-cooked meals with family. She loved to laugh, sing and listen to music. Those who knew her would describe her as having a big heart, happy and a giving person. She loved her family, friends, children and animals. Estrella was preceded in death by her parents David Mèndez y Mèndez and Angela Cala Godines, by her ex-husband Pablo Brito, and by her grandson Paul M Brito. She is survived by two sons Pablo B Brito (Linda) of Tampa, Florida and Jorge A Brito (Susan) of Little Rock, Arkansas; four grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She also has a sister, a brother and extended family in Cuba and also extended family in Spain. Interment will be in Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, Florida.


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Sheila Roller

July 23, 2020

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. The loss of someone you were close to is never easy. Estrella will be in our hearts and memories forever. Praying for you to have strength and peace during this hard time. I will forever remember "Missy that smokes". Much Love to you Jorge and Susan and Family.

Beth and Mike Coulson

July 22, 2020

We are praying for all of you. We’re sorry we never met such a beautiful woman.
(Friends of Susan Brito in Little Rock)


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