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Nancy Mendez Saucedo Graduate of Loretto Academy Passes Away
Nancy Mendez Saucedo Graduate of Loretto Academy Passes Away

Nancy A. Méndez Saucedo, age 83, died peacefully in Tampa, Florida on February 6, 2024, with her two daughters by her side. Nancy, the daughter of the late Luis Alfredo Méndez, Sr., and Consuelo Farrell Méndez, was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 21, 1940. She is survived by her daughters, Charlene Della Pietra and Deborah Llewellyn (James), her granddog ChiChi, and several nieces and nephews.

Nancy spent most of her life in El Paso and graduated from Loretto Academy High School in 1957. Her experience at Loretto instilled the importance of a Catholic education, and she made sacrifices to ensure her daughters received this same benefit. As a single mom, Nancy gracefully set aside her own priorities to provide her family with opportunities to have a better life than her own.

She was an office administrator in El Paso and worked at Texas Tech School of Medicine, various medical practices, and the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. She was active in the League of United Latin American Citizens and the American Business Women’s Association and a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Just when she thought El Paso would be her forever home, Nancy was recruited by her brother and daughters to move to Florida. It was a big decision for her to leave El Paso, but she never forgot her roots and culture.

She was an avid sports fan and loved to watch football, basketball, golf, baseball, tennis, you name it! She passed this passion on to her daughters, and it was how they made some of their best memories together.

Nancy finished her professional career at the University of Tampa in the Office of Admissions. She loved working with students from around the world and was proud to represent the University. Following encouragement from her daughters and her manager, Nancy decided to return to school after over 40 years, and in 2010, she earned her Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from UT at age 70. That was amazing in and of itself, but if you asked Nancy about her greatest accomplishment in life, she would have said, “my daughters.”

She was truly a role model to her daughters, teaching them to be independent and resilient and thoughtful and kind. She believed strongly in helping those who are less fortunate and putting others before yourself. She gave of her time by volunteering at various organizations both before and after retirement, including church, LifeLink, Hospice, and Moffitt Cancer Center.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by all her brothers whom she loved dearly - Robert Farrell, Luis Alfredo Méndez, Jr., Luis Arturo Méndez, and Luis Enrique Méndez. They are now happily reunited and certain to be having quite a party in heaven.This scholarship is given by Deborah & James Llewellyn in honor of Deborah’s mother, Nancy Mendez Saucedo who, as a single mother, worked and sacrificed so Deborah and her sister could attend Father Yermo High School and receive a high-quality Catholic education.

Please pray for Nancy A. Méndez Saucedo, age 83, who died peacefully in Tampa, Florida on February 6, 2024, with her two daughters by her side. To read her full obituary you can find it here.

If you would like to donate and read more about her scholarship fund you can find it here.

Please keep her family in your prayers.