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Nancy Marlene Araujo, affectionately known as Achy, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was born on Monday, July 29, 1937, in Barranquilla, Colombia to Sr. Carlos Augusto Meyer Silva and Sra. Rosa Franco, may they both also rest in peace.
As a child, Nancy attended private schools run by strict nuns, where stories of her mischief and misadventures became legendary among her peers. Later in life, she graduated from a technical school, honing her skills in typing (at an impressive rate of 80 words per minute) and shorthand. This led her to secure a secretary position at Cofarma Laboratories in Barranquilla.
It was during her time at Cofarma that Nancy first crossed paths with the man who would become the love of her life, Dr. Julio Cesar Araujo. Their meeting set the stage for a lifelong partnership filled with love, dedication, and shared dreams. Nancy and Julio went on to build a beautiful family together.
Nancy's most proud accomplishments were deeply intertwined with her roles as a devoted wife and mother. Despite the challenges that life presented her, she single-handedly raised three children while maintaining a clean and organized home. She even found time to attend night school to learn English, displaying an unwavering commitment to self-improvement.
Her dedication to family extended beyond the confines of her home. Nancy played an integral role in supporting Julio's dream of establishing Colmedicas - Colombian Medical Society (CMA), which aimed to assist Colombian doctors in both the United States and their home country. Through Colmedicas, they helped countless doctors from abroad pursue their careers in Chicago.
Nancy will always be remembered for her charming personality and comforting presence. Her deep faith in the Catholic Church served as a guiding light throughout her life. Many friends and family members fondly recall her role as the perfect hostess, always ensuring that good food, good friends, and fun times were at the forefront of any gathering.
She possessed a remarkable ability to bring joy into the lives of those around her. Beyond being a wife, mother, and friend, Nancy was a source of incredible strength and boundless love. Her infectious smile, laughter, and sparkling eyes will forever be treasured by those who knew her best.
Nancy had a deep appreciation for animals, particularly the "cute" ones. In Barranquilla, she cared for parrots and even had a capuchin monkey as a companion. Later in life, she found solace in the love and companionship of cats who provided comfort during her challenging days.
Music and dancing held a special place in Nancy's heart. She and Julio could move gracefully across the dance floor, captivating everyone with their elegant movements. The joy that radiated from her during these moments was infectious.
Nancy's creativity knew no bounds. She cultivated her talents in various areas such as cooking, baking, cake decorating, sewing, and gardening. Her culinary skills were amplified by recipes passed down from home cooks in Barranquilla. These skills made her an exceptional self-taught chef and baker. Her creations delighted countless taste buds over the years.
In addition to her hobbies, Nancy cultivated a deep connection with her faith by forming a prayer group that met weekly and embarked on retreats and pilgrimages together. Her devoted commitment to Catholicism provided solace and strength throughout her life.
On September 15, 2023, Nancy Marlene Araujo passed away peacefully and comfortably in her sleep in her home in Weston, Florida. It was a blessing that she departed this world surrounded by her daughter, husband, two of her grandchildren and her god-daughter; she was able to find much serenity in her final moments.
She leaves behind a legacy built on love, laughter, and the celebration of life's precious moments. Nancy's steadfast faith in Catholicism will forever be cherished by those who knew her. Her memory will continue to warm the hearts of her friends and extended family, serving as a reminder of the importance of love, kindness, and unwavering faith.
A visitation to honor Nancy's life will take place on September 29, 2023, starting at 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home Sawgrass/Weston located at 371 NW 136th Ave in Sunrise, Florida. A Mass celebrating her life will follow on September 30, 2023, beginning at 11:00 AM at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church, situated at 1301 SW 136th Ave in Davie, Florida.
Nancy Marlene Araujo is survived by her three children: Julius Caesar Araujo (Sandy), Ingrid Jacqueline Lechuga (Gerardo), and Louis Carlos Araujo (Nicole). Her memory lives on through her grandchildren Ryan Malo (Danica), Rachel Marie Slater (Carl), Alexa Elena Araujo, Ingrid Arianna Lechuga, Andrew Christopher Araujo, and Cristian Daniel Lechuga. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Bentley Robert Malo, Harper Jean Malo, Theodore Jay Slater, and Oliver Joseph Slater.
Nancy's vibrant spirit extends to numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members residing primarily in Colombia. The love she shared with each of them holds a special place in their hearts.
While we mourn the loss of Nancy Marlene Araujo from our lives, we are comforted by the knowledge that her legacy will forever shine brightly. Her unwavering love and strength will continue to guide us through the joys and challenges of life. Nancy has left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her, and she will be deeply missed.
If you would like I will be dedicating a garden in my backyard for my mom. If you would like a better option than flowers, please text me. Much appreciated.
We say goodbye for now mami, with heartfelt love.
Buenas noches. Que duermas bien y que sueñes con los angelitos. Que Dios te bendiga siempre. Te amo, mami con todo mi ser. Saludanos a papi y toda tu familia.
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