Muriel Avellaneda, born in Argentina in 1977, passed away on Sunday 3, 2010 in Gainesville. She moved to Gainesville with her parents Andrés and Margarita in 1979, and did all her schooling, elementary through high school, at Oak Hall School. She obtained a B.A. at New College of Florida and an M.A. at Florida State University. She was an expert in older and contemporary rock music, read American and international literature and philosophy in three languages, wrote poetry and fiction, loved cats, shoes, books and "Scrubs". Nothing human was alien to her. In her unending search for spiritual fulfillment, in recent years she had turned to a study of Judaism, and was considering conversion. Bicultural and bilingual, she had recently moved to Buenos Aires, where she was starting a career in translation and the teaching of English as a foreign language.

She is survived by her parents, Andres and Margarita, her grandfather Andres L. Avellaneda, her stepmother Geraldine Nichols and stepfather Jorge Martínez, her stepbrothers Jeremy and Wesley Nichols, stepsisters Joanne Martinez von Gonten amd Christine M. Jacobus, and an extended family in Buenos Aires.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 2:00 PM in the Mausoleum Chapel in the Forest Meadows Cemetery-Central, at 4100 N.W. 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL. (352-376-9552). Burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society ( or to the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses (

Forest Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home

Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries
725 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609
(800) 958-2528

Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2010