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In Memory of

Juana De la Cruz Gil

November 25, 1922 - October 8, 2016

Obituary


Juanita Gil was born to Lorenza Gil and Inocente Carazo in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Juanita's mom was originally from Guatemala, but moved to El Salvador where she meet Juanita's father, Inocente. She was the youngest of four children: oldest brother Jose Gil, followed by Benjamin Gil, and a sister who passed away at the age of 4 years old. She was the last living sibling.

Growing up, Juanita's first passion was to become a nurse, but her parents were not able to provide the necessary schooling and suggested she learn the skills of...

Juanita Gil was born to Lorenza Gil and Inocente Carazo in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Juanita's mom was originally from Guatemala, but moved to El Salvador where she meet Juanita's father, Inocente. She was the youngest of four children: oldest brother Jose Gil, followed by Benjamin Gil, and a sister who passed away at the age of 4 years old. She was the last living sibling.

Growing up, Juanita's first passion was to become a nurse, but her parents were not able to provide the necessary schooling and suggested she learn the skills of a baker. Instead, at the age of 16, Juanita decided to attend sewing classes, and this is where her sewing instructor, Señora Adela Vasquez, noticed her talent early on. She sewed her first wedding dress at the early age of 19. She would look at the dress catalogues, and from there would freehand draw the dress on the fabric without ever needing the use of a pattern. Juanita sewed several wedding dresses using her "pattern free" technique, and also sewed blouses, skirts, and dress jackets using this same method. Sewing became her lifelong profession and passion.

Juanita never had children of her own but was blessed to have raised her niece, Ana Elsa Batres, from the age of 2. She also cared for her nephews Carlos Ramirez, Tomas Batres and nieces Rita Batres, Julie Ramirez, Lolita Gil and Elizabeth Batres. She enjoyed trips to the beach and countless excursions to Guatemala and within El Salvador to Puerto de la Libertad, Playa El Cuco, Playa El Majahual, La Barra de Santiago and Al Cerro Verde. She also visited Mexico City with her brother and her niece, Ana Elsa. While still residing in El Salvador she had pet turtles, birds and three dogs one after the other, which would all be called "Ferdi." She loved treating the dogs to ice cream and special pan dulce (sweet bread). She was a woman of great faith who believed in Jesus Christ and always said prayers for her loved ones. Juanita had a great memory when it came to birthdays and a loving desire to send birthday cards. It was her signature to always decorate the cards with bountiful stickers (so much so that she could have had her own sticker and card shop. perhaps she missed another true calling).

Juanita also had a love for music, so it was only fitting that in 1950 she married Julio Quezada, a musician in "La Meca Orquesta" (La Meca Orchestra). All too soon, her husband passed away in 1953, and in 1982 she moved to the United States to be with Ana Elsa Batres and her daughter, Yanira Cisneros (Batres). She continued as a free-lance seamstress, and maintained her love of animals through her pet cockatiel named "Ruffles" (like the potato chips). Juanita also continued to enjoy her travels to places like Monterey, Los Angeles and Hawaii.
Her favorite holiday tradition was Christmas. She enjoyed setting up her Nativity scene, and decorating the Christmas tree with lights and ornaments. This was a tradition that she shared with her granddaughter Yanira every year. She had the patience to then put all Christmas lights away back in there respective boxes which was a time consuming task, but she would not have it any other way! Juanita enjoyed eating Chinese food, shrimp, crab and Teppanyaki. Her favorite dessert was "pan dulce" (sweet bread); she would have this every day after breakfast and dinner with cafecito (coffee).

Juanita sewed for 77 years as a seamstress and never officially retired, as sewing was her passion. She continued sewing for her family, friends and four-legged friends. The last dress she made was this past September for her niece Irma "Mima" Escobar. Three days before her passing, her last sewing project was hemming the pants of her granddaughter Yanira Cisneros' husband.

On the morning of October 8th, 2016 Juanita Gil passed away peacefully at Washington Hospital. She was surrounded with the love of her nieces, nephews and grandchildren as she went to be with the Lord. Her love, care and compassion will continue to be in our hearts.

She is survived by the following family: Ana Elsa, Carlos Sr, Julie, Tomas, Rita, Irma, Carlos Ramiro, Arnoldo, Elizabeth, Lolita, Yanira, Tania, Michael, Cynthia, Sara, Josiah, Yoshabel, Tadashi, Eiji, Alejandra, Karla, Toño, Jennifer, Kevin and Carlos Jr.
Although she did not have biological children or grandchildren, she considered her nieces' and nephews' children her grandchildren. She was affectionately known as "mamanita", abuelita and Tia Juanita by those who loved her.