Lidia Vindel Reyes, 70, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018. She was born in Santa Rita de Lloro, Honduras, on August 3, 1947. She had a very active childhood, being taught the necessities of hard work at an early age. For several years, she was raised on a farm, and was sometimes given the responsibility to go to market to sell eggs and chickens.
At the age of 20, Lidia graduated with a teaching degree and became a pre-school and kindergarten teacher, a career that she enjoyed for the next few years, before moving to New York in 1974. She enjoyed working in various other professions during her lifetime, including as a certified nurse while living in Guatemala. She also enjoyed being an Avon representative for a number of years where she was able to meet many new people and develop long-lasting friendships.
Lidia married Catalino Reyes on March 11, 1977, in Kew Gardens, New York. They were later sealed for all time and eternity with their children on September 9, 1995, in the Washington DC Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Together, they raised 3 boys and 2 girls. As a family, they resided in many places together, including Guatemala City, Guatemala, Queens, New York, and most recently in Richmond, Virginia, where she and her husband have lived for the last 16 years.
Lidia loved her family immensely, and her family was a great source of joy for her. She also had a great love of music and enjoyed participating in various choirs over the years with her husband and with her children before they were grown. She additionally loved dancing, going on walks with her husband and other family members, getting together with family and friends, telling jokes, and helping others in need when her health permitted.
She was a dedicated member of the LDS church and enjoyed serving in the church in many capacities, including as a Relief Society president and teacher, as a music conductor, and as a branch service missionary with her husband.
Lidia is survived by her husband, Catalino, of Richmond; her children, Miguel Reyes of Mixco, Guatemala; Cynthia (Michael) Wilson of Stafford, Virginia; Lidia (Ralph) Zayas of Winter Springs, Florida; Ludwin (Emilcen) Reyes of Powhatan, Virginia; Marlon (Sarah) Reyes of Richmond; brothers and sisters, César Heberto Perez, Leticia Perez, Perla Lícida Rodriquez, and Humberto Rodriquez; and 11 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Maria Hilda Lopez Calderón and Francisco Pang Vindel.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Richmond, Virginia LDS Stake Center, 2500 Pump Road, Richmond, VA 23233.