HENDERSONVILLE - Myrna del Rosario Estay Cardenas, 61, of Hendersonville, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Buncombe County.
She was born in Antofagasta, Chile, and was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, José Mercado.
Mrs. Estay was a self-employed teacher/master seamstress and was a member of Vision Jesus Church for 17 years. Her greatest joy was serving others and serving the churches she helped plant.
She is survived by her children, Jairo S. Mercado and wife, Deborah, and Mauricio A. Mercado and wife, Kelly, all of Hendersonville, and Daniel Mercado and wife, Renee, of Phoenix, Ariz.; nephew and niece, Mark and Pamela Kushigian, of Etowah; six granddaughters, Sofia, Rebekah, Hannah, Genesis, Lily and Sarah; six grandsons, Evan, Elias, Zuriel, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Mattias, of Hendersonville and Phoenix, Ariz.; other grandchildren, Artin, Marito, Grace and Ezra Kushigian, of Etowah; a sister, Nelly de Guymas, of Argentina, South America; brothers, Nano and Tino, of Antofagasta, Chile, and many nieces and nephews in Chile and Argentina.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Vision Jesus Church with the Revs. Mauricio Mercado and Daniel Mercado officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
An online guest book and sympathy card are available at www.shulerfuneralhome.com.
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.