Alicia Manaiza died on Monday September 14 at White Plains hospital
She was 58 Years old. She is survived by her Father Felipe Manaiza. Her children Sileny Berrios, Jerson Manaiza, Pamela Martinez, Christopher Caballero and her nine grandchildren.
Alicia was born and raised in Limon, Honduras to a large Garifuna family. She lived there until her early 20s when she came to the United States looking to live the American Dream with her three children. While in the states she would give birth to her fourth child.
She ultimately became the sole provider for her family and found ways of supporting her children by whatever means necessary. Whether she was selling freshly baked pan de coco at Van Cortlandt Park on the weekend or working as a CNA at a local Nursing Home, she always looked to make ends meet and guarantee that she would be able to provide for her children and family back in Honduras. Sacrifices were made along the way including sending her children back to Honduras for extended periods of time while she remained in the states working double and triple shifts. She was known for being selfless. Besides her children, she was always there for her parents and siblings. Her closest friends revered her for her empathy and kindness. She always gave her full support to whomever needed help. Whether it was hosting someone coming to the states for the first time, with no money and nowhere to live, to providing financial support to total strangers, Alicia was never the person to shy away from giving her all.
When she was able to take time off from work, Alicia loved celebrating life. She was known for her infectious smile and laughter as she gathered with family and friends to share stories of her childhood and family life back home in her native tongue. Whether at home or a local park, she loved hosting family gatherings on special occasions. Alicia was a God-fearing person. She attended services multiple days a week and was very religiously inclined; sharing the Word of God whenever the opportunity presented itself
It is unfortunate that in her later years, the toll of working so much would make her body succumb to a multitude of ailments including a battle of dementia.
Alicia will be forever missed by all her family and friends
Friends may call on Sunday from 2PM to 6PM at Community Home for Funerals Inc., 601 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, NY. The funeral will be Monday at 10:00 at Community Home for Funerals Inc., 601 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers. Interment will be in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla.