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Nersa "Nena" Alvarez Maceo Mitchell

June 19, 2013

Nersa "Nena" Alvarez Maceo Mitchell passed away peacefully on June 17, 2013 at the age of 83. She was born on November 20, 1929 in Puerto Padre, Cuba. She leaves behind her beloved family including husband Joseph Mitchell and 5 children: Thomas, Joseph Jr., Mary, Stuart, and William and eight grandchildren: Lauren, Trevor, Whitney, Steven, Nathan, Grace and Charlotte. She also had three great grandchildren: Weston, Sawyer, and Indiana. She leaves behind daughters-in-law Carlota Mitchell and Laurie Mitchell and son-in-law Ron Calderon. Additionally, she leaves behind her beloved family in Cuba, including sister Ester, niece Ana Alicia and her husband Orlando and their son, Orlando Jr. Her death is preceded by her dear mother Alicia and her father, Hector, and her nephew, Raphael "Kiko", all from Cuba. Nersa also had many beloved friends and family members in Miami, Florida.

Nersa first traveled to the United States in 1950 to attend Pineland College in North Carolina, where she met Joseph MacPhail Mitchell, of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina who was attending Edwards Military Institute. While attending Pineland College, Nersa was chosen to be a Princess of the local May Fair Court. After Joseph served as an Airman in Japan as part of the Korean War, he returned to marry "Nena" in Cuba. Nersa later gave birth to Thomas at a military base in Texas, where Mr. Mitchell was concluding his enlistment in the Air Force. Subsequently, they moved to Cuba. Being raised as a farmer, Joseph soon acquired a small ranch in Manati, Cuba where Nersa gave birth to Joe Jr, and they lived there happily until they lost everything to the Castro regime in 1960.This dark time eventually led to other opportunities, including Mary’s birth in North Carolina and their relocation to Costa Rica and later Colombia, where Stuart was born, as Mr. Mitchell was hired to serve as the Regional Director of the Peace Corps. In 1969 William was born in Evanston, Illinois where Mr. Mitchell worked for the Federal Government. In 1971 they moved to their present location on Fairview Drive in La Canada, where eventually all five children would graduate from La Canada High School.

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