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Carmen (Rodriguez) Maldonado
August 20, 1947 ~ August 25, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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On the afternoon of August 25, 2023, while surrounded by her treasured family Carmen Rodriguez Maldonado (76), went home to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born in Big Spring, Texas on the 232nd day of the year, August 20, 1947.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Sebastian and Ysabel Rodriguez, beloved son Fidencio “Bulé” Maldonado, brother Merijildo Rodriguez, sisters Alice Reyes, Catalina Valdivez, Consuelo Benavides, and Jane Gonzales.
Carmen is survived by her loving husband of fifty nine (59) years Constancio “Gordo” Maldonado, devoted daughter Mary Ann Maldonado Quinto, son-in-law Alberto Quinto, granddaughters Carissa, Chanalysse, Carrinna (all of Milwaukee, WI), brother Tony Rodriguez (Big Spring, TX), brother-in-laws Nicodemo Maldonado (Austin, TX), Roberto Maldonado (Mercedes, TX), Fidencio “Pepper” Maldonado, Sr. (Mereceds, TX), Ignacio “Nacho” Valadez (Orlando, FL), sister-in-law Maria Rodriguez (Big Spring, TX), many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and friends.
Carmen - or mom/grandma as she will most lovingly be remembered - was a devout Christian woman who loved her family, was sassy, spoke her mind and was a practical joker. You could always find Carmen with full hair and makeup- dressed to impress, she was the epitome of a Southern Belle transplanted to the Badger State. She stayed true to her Texas roots, her and her family remained steadfast Dallas Cowboys fans and she would even have her sister Chelo ship her favorite Texas candy to her. Carmen earned a Theology degree from the Bible Institute and spent her time evangelizing about the Lord. She was filled with gratitude and joy when preparing lesson plans for her Sunday school classes. Her career at the Milwaukee Public Library spanned 25 years, which allowed her to indulge in her lifelong passion of reading (not to mention she enjoyed the smell of new books). Her golden years were spent doting on her granddaughters whom she was so proud of and loved deeply.