Sunday, December 10, 2017
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
120 South Woodhams Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
Monday, December 11, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Fountain of Truth Apostolic Tabernacle
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Wings Home c/o Wings of Hope
530 Linn St
Allegan, MI 49010
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Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of great change in the world around her, Evangelina Jimenez was a blessing to everyone she met. She was strong, compassionate, and organized with a zest for life that was contagious to all who were near. Evangelina treasured her roles as a wife and mother, and nothing made her more proud than becoming a grandmother later in life. In everything she did her family was her primary focus, and she was all about celebrating the gift of family. Life will never be the same without Evangelina here, but she leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that her loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
There was much unrest in Mexico in the 1950s. The average worker faced numerous trials and tribulations as the police and military in Mexico had succeeded in taking control of nearly the entire organized labor movement. People did what they could, and families made the best of things. It was as the July heat was settling on Matehuala, Mexico, in 1951 that Antonio and Ramona (Torres) Puente were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby. The big day finally arrived when the baby girl they named Evangelina drew her first breath on July 7th. Evangelina became the oldest of nine as she was joined in her family by her siblings, Antonio, Jr., Amalia, Sylvia, Joel, Gilbert, Graciela, Irene, and Susanna. The family moved from Mexico to Texas when she was just a young girl. In 1966 they moved to Michigan. Evangelina adapted to her new surroundings and attended local schools. She went on to graduate from Martin High School in 1970.
New and exciting changes were in store for Evangelina when she met the young man of her dreams. He was a young serviceman who was home on leave named Babriano Jimenez. One day while stopping by her aunt's house, he noticed her standing at the door and it was love at first sight. Babriano had to go back to the military, but they continued to correspond through letters. Their love grew over time, and with a desire to establish a life together they were married on May 1, 1971, in Orangeville. Together they welcomed two children including Demetrio and Cristal into their hearts and home. Evangelina fully devoted herself to her family, and she focused her time and attention at home.
Evangelina had a way of making even the ordinary extraordinary. Her skills in the kitchen were fantastic, and although everything she made was amazing her rice had no equal. Evangelina loved spending any time with her family, but she really looked forward to all the holidays and birthdays as they are a time to celebrate all together. She was filled with unspeakable joy to become a grandmother and Cesar and Emilio were the light of her life. This next February she was looking so forward to Landen’s arrival.
Throughout her life Evangelina was a woman of many interests. She was a music lover who enjoyed listening to oldies, church music and mariachi music. Evangelina loved the lakeshore and enjoyed taking long rides.
When reflecting on the life of Evangelina Jimenez, words such as caring, kind, and giving come to mind, but perhaps the word that paints the most accurate picture of her is the word loving. When Evangelina loved, she loved with all her heart, and she did so without condition or the expectation of anything in return. She lived to nurture and serve her family, and she was so proud of her children each and every day. Deeply loved, Evangelina will be forever missed.
Evangelina Jimenez, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Evangelina’s family includes her husband, Babriano; two children: Demetrio (Sandra) Jimenez, of Kentwood; Cristal (Richard) Doll, of Shelbyville; two grandchildren: Cesar and Emilio, and Landen is due in February. She is also survived by six siblings: Amalia (Danny) Boulter, of Delton; Joel (Lee) Puente, of Plainwell; Gilbert (Cindy) Puente, of Otsego; Graciela (Ismael) Salas, of Holland; Irene Puente, of Shelbyville; Susanna (Jesse) Morin, of Plainwell; one sister-in-law: Ada Puente, of Grand Rapids; one brother-in-law: Larry Whittaker, of Orangeville; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Evangelina was preceded in death by her parents: Antonio and Ramona Puente; one brother, Antonio Puente, Jr. and one sister, Sylvia Whittaker. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, 120 S. Woodhams, Plainwell (269-685-5881). A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Fountain of Truth Apostolic Tabernacle in Orangeville. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. Please visit Evangelina’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can sign the guestbook and share a memory. Those who wish may make contributions to the Wings Home or https://www.gofundme.com/Jimenez-Family-Funeral-Expenses .