“Mrs.Cooke, you and your family are in my prayers for comfort and strength.
“Diana, you and your family have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you at the loss of your dear Mother.
“You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. She was an amazing lady.
Thank you for your generosity and goodwill toward everyone. We will miss you. Go in peace. Jose Alcaraz
“I met Lily as idealist high school grad. setting out to set the world on fire. Lily's sense of humor kept me grounded as did her teasing. For the longest time she had me convinced she was a few years older then I. Wasn't till much later did I find out she was closer to my mothers age. I loved her a mentor and friend. She will always have special place in my heart.
“Lily was a class act with a wonderful sense of humor. Every time we visited or talked on the phone her wit was prevalent. Her condition may have trapped her body but her mind and spirit roamed free. My dad was really fortunate to have Lily in his life for all those years. She was a great lady. I really believe she was ready to go but I will miss her.
“Lily was a Lady with a capital L. She was beautiful, classy, stylish, charming, and gracious. She had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh, joke around, dance, party, and travel, and she was good at all of these. Her spirit was young and stayed young even after her body had imprisoned her. Years ago, she confided in me that she was trapped in her own body. However, that youthful spirit never became entrapped. Even when she couldn't move, feed herself, or sometimes even talk, she still liked...
“Dearest Aunt & Godmother,
Be at peace and with all your family that left us before you. I cherish all the wonderful memories of you and will miss you terribly.
Love, your niece and goddaughter Margie
BENITEZ, Lillian C., 92 a Tampa resident, passed away October 30, 2013. Preceded in death by her husbands, John McMahon and Ardilio Benitez; her grandson, John Grillo. Survived by her daughters, Diana Cooke (Ricky) and Becky Hoeft (Randy); son, Bill Benitez (Barbara); two grandchildren and eight...Read More