Cuban native, Olga Marta Mendez passed away peacefully Jan. 2, 2020 at the residence of her brother, Dr. Hiram Vazquez in Ardmore. Daughter of the late Domingo Vazquez and Laudelina Viera Vazquez, Olga was born Sept. 10, 1928 in Bolondron, Cuba. She grew up there and will be remembered as an active member of the Pena Literaria Club in Matanzas.
She and her late husband, Jose T. Mendez, moved to Ardmore in 1996 from Chicago, where they had lived for the previous 30 years. In Chicago, Olga was a college professor at the City Colleges of Chicago. She also was a volunteer Spanish teacher of Proyecto Venceremos in Chicago and in 1974 was selected as the host of the television program, Learning Spanish in Chicago; she also was a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital in Illinois and was devoted to the educational systems in Cuba and Chicago for over 35 years.
After moving to Ardmore in 1996 Olga was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church, attending regularly as long as her health permitted. She volunteered with the Loaves and Fishes program and at Mercy Memorial Hospital.
In addition to her parents, Olga was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Jose T. Mendez, three brothers and a sister and two nieces, Maria Laudelina and Elsa Dawson.
Olga is survived by three brothers, Hiram F. Vazquez, M.D. of Ardmore; Juan Vazquez of Cuba and Tulio Vazquez, Chicago; her sister, Aimee Simpson, Chicago; daughters, Melinda Mendez Scott and husband, William, and Sara Alicia Mendez; four grandchildren, Marco Antonio Mendez, Calvin J. Mendez, Cassandra Titus, Nathan Titus and husband, Dog Min Titus; eight great-grandchildren, Tony Mendez, Joey Mendez, Maxim Zachary Mendez, Mia Loren Mendez, Haley M. Mendez, Callie Mendez, Dominic Mendez, and Derek Mendez; also her nieces and nephews, Razziel Vazquez and Isel, Domingo Vazquez and Abigail, Martha Coleman, Gilberto Simpson, Elsa Mercedes Vazquez Erice, Maria Elena Vazquez Erice, Elsa Vazquez Davis and Daniel, Hiram M. Vazquez, M.D. and Sarah, Teresa Vazquez, Tulio Vazquez as well as numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Reverend Kevin Ratterman will officiate the Memorial Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Deacon Juan Jimenez will lead a Rosary service Friday at St. Mary Church.
A kind and gentle person, Olga always had a smile on her face, she was a tireless and selfless volunteer. Vaya Con Dios, dear Olga, may you rest in peace.
Service arrangements and Cremation-With-Care have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.