Marta A Villar
April 21, 1936 – June 8, 2018
Marta Villar, loveable mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend passed into the loving arms of God on June 8th, surrounded by loved ones.
Marta Villar was unstoppable—as the youngest of 13 children, she learned at an early age how to be independent and would not let her voice go unheard. She was raised in a big, loving family, primarily by her aunt and sisters who she undeniably adored. Born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, she loved enjoying the beautiful beaches and became an extremely strong swimmer, a skill that she later passed on to her granddaughters and helped them perfect every summer.
Marta was blessed with one daughter, Marta Beatriz, who she loved dearly and strived to provide everything she needed, including freedom. At that time, due to all the turmoil of the Castro’s Regime, Marta made the decision to leave Cuba. Having been fortunate enough to have supportive sisters in the US, they then sponsored Marta and paved the way for a new life for she and her young daughter. It was a tough decision, leaving her own mother and family in Cuba. Unstoppable, Marta and her little girl left their beloved homeland for the United States of America, a place where a better life and freedom was promised.
Despite not knowing the language and being a single parent, she never skipped a beat and quickly acclimated to working in warehouses to provide a living for she and her daughter. Marta’s work ethic, budgeting capability, and overall cleanliness defined her always.
Despite Marta’s tough love, the relationship that she shared with her daughter was beautiful—it was just the two of them, conquering the world together.
Marta was fortunate enough to have been surrounded by all her sisters, brother, nieces, and nephews. So many wonderful memories were created and continued as the generations kept coming.
Later in her career, in one of her favorite jobs as a Kmart warehouse clerk, she ended-up meeting Orestes Larios, who became her life partner. Larios was dedicated to Marta and followed her to Orlando when she wanted to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law Juan, and granddaughter.
Marta, resilient and strong, suffered through several almost life-ending illnesses; however, with the love and relentless support of her family, she always found a way to pull through.
Marta’s last half of her life was dedicated to helping raise her granddaughters, who she loved tremendously. Marta, without a doubt, was the matriarch of the family and will continue to watch over her legacy as their guardian angel.
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 13, 2018
- Committal Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018