PLEASE NOTE: FAMILY REQUESTS WEARING OF MASKS BY ALL VISITORS
After 95 years of lovingly placing Puerto Rican kisses on her two children Sonia and Frank, her 7 grandchildren, and her 10 great grandchildren, Lucy Soto entered into eternal life on June 10th holding her daughter’s hand—the hugs and kisses of family visits still felt on her.
There will be a beautiful reunion in heaven with her husband Frank, her five brothers and two sisters, and her chihuahua Tiger. She is survived by one sister, Milagros Sanchez.
She was born to the late Juanita Pagan and Hilario Gonzales on April 21, 1927 in Lares, Puerto Rico on a farm. Playing with chickens, climbing trees, Lucy, who's full name is Luz Aurea Gonzalez Pagan de Soto, began lighting up the world. Always dancing and laughing, she spiced up Brooklyn, Oceanside, Texas, and New Windsor for almost a century. In her last years she became the "Party Ambassador" at Atria Senior Living and received excellent and loving care from the team at Sunrise Senior Living. Many "little old men" are missing her smile and her eyes full of light. The Luz that she carried into every room.
She will begin immediately placing Hallmark Christmas ornaments on every Christmas tree in heaven, stuffed animal pigs will adorn every corner of each room, and God's fridge will be covered in magnets from every trip she has taken. The angels are realizing the need to unbutton their pants as she starts cooking flans, meatloafs, potato salads, cremita, and her world famous arroz con pollo and gandules. Taking a moment each day to watch her "stories," soap operas will play joyfully around noon, followed up by Walker Texas Ranger in the evenings, and then 20/20 with Barbara Walters.
Lovingly known as mom by her daughter, Sonia, her son-in-law, Tony, her son, Frank, and daughter-in-law, Natana, as Grandma, by her 7 grandchildren, Robert, Paul, and Michael, and Cristina, Diana, Talia and Hallie, and as Great Grandma Lucy by James, Lucy, Sophia, Austin, Audrey, Esperanza, Teo, Rosaria, Sonnet, and Lincoln. We all lift a tiny glass of milk up to the sky in a toast. Even as she seemingly shrank in size, and her family kept growing taller, she never stopped trying to pick the children up, giving them countless big hugs and kisses.
Always 21 years old, her memory will be held deeply in the hearts of everyone who knew her. Holding her children and grandchildren close to her heart, dancing with them cheek to cheek until we meet again joyfully on the other side, for a glorious salsa in the sky.
Family and friends can visit with her at the Flinch and Bruns Funeral Home on Tuesday June 14 from 9-11AM. Followed by interment at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. 34 Hempstead Avenue (Corner Peninsula Blvd.) Lynbrook, NY 11563 | Tel: (516) 599-3600
In lieu of flowers and remembrance of her love of animals, contributions in her memory may be
made to the Humane Society of the US or to the ASPCA. Please see links below.
Humane Society of the U.S.