Elva Magdalena Lopez

On Saturday, July 9, 2022, Elva Magdalena Lopez, loving wife and mother of three daughters, passed away at the age of 96. Magda was born on July 14, 1925 in Chiapas, Mexico. She was the child of Angel Barrios and Rosario Ramirez. After her father died, she grew up on the rural farm owned by her grandmother.

Magda met her future husband at a Christian Convention in Mexico City. At age 22 she left her homeland behind and took a plane to NYC, arriving during the blizzard of 1947. Two weeks later, she married the love of her life, Neftali Lopez on December 31, 1947. As a young bride she learned to sew and worked as a seamstress in the garment center factories of Manhattan, the fashion industry of the world. She became very skilled as a sewing machine operator that she would make custom dresses for her three little girls for special occasions; costumes for local performances and even a wedding dress for her daughter Miriam. Magda loved the Lord Jesus and He filled her with a passion for people. She poured her heart of service into her family as the matriarch and also into every church community she was a part of. She was never shy with strangers, but could talk to anyone about their homeland as she and her husband had traveled the world together. She loved tending her roses and vegetable/fruit gardens in each of her homes. This hobby along with working out at a Baily’s gym until age 85 kept her in shape. Then she also joined a local senior citizen gym until the age of 96. She will always be remembered for her loving kindness, compassion, generosity, and slammin’ home cooked enchiladas!
Magda was preceded in death by her husband, Neftali and her 4 siblings. She is survived by her 3 children, Lucy (Julio), Miriam and Elizabeth, her grandchildren, Aria (Aron), Charlotte, Miriam (Gaurav), and Moises, and her great grandchildren, Luke, Rachel and Hazel.
A graveside celebration service will be held on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY at 10 o’clock am. Condolences may be sent to the Guzman home at 3607 Kipling Drive, Orlando, FL 32808-7413.

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