MISSOULA – Lilia Maria Yanes, 69, passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, unexpectedly of cardiac arrest.
She was born in Havana, Cuba, on Aug. 9, 1940, to Rafael Salvador Yanes and Lilia Martinez Yanes. She moved to New York in 1953 and graduated with honors from Mother Cabrini High School, Manhatten, N.Y., in 1959. She was married in New York in 1963; moved to Burbank, Calif., in 1963 where she gave birth to to daughters, Raquel Teresa on Jan. 20, 1964, and Lilia Marie on May 5, 1967. She is survived by her two siblings, Teresita E. Matos and Robert Louis Yanes; her two daughters and son-in-law, Raquel Castellanos and Lilia Marie and Steven Charno, and five grandchildren, Gabriel Rafael Miller, Emilia Rose Charno, Benjamin Eric Miller, Rebecca Anne Charno, Asher Michael Charno; and seven nieces and nephews, Lisa, Asher and Lauren Matos, and Robert, Nina, Harry and James Yanes.
She will always be remembered fondly for her beautiful smile, wonderful sense of humor and love of her Cuban heritage. She was a devout Catholic, and donated often to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and other Catholic charities.
Memorial services will be held at St. Francis Church, Missoula on Tuesday May 31 at 10:30 a.m.
There will also be two more memorial services in New York and Burbank, Calif., where she will be laid to rest in close proximity to her parents.
The family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Hospital in lieu of flowers.