Carmen Maria Torres (nee Cosme), 94, peacefully passed into eternity at her home in Lorain and into the presence of the Lord at 4:03 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was surrounded by her family. Carmen was born in Comerio, Puerto Rico, in 1922 to the late Eustaquio and Ramona Cosme. She came to Lorain in 1953 with her late husband, Sixto Torres, and remained in Lorain for the remainder of her life. Carmen, a homemaker all of her life, was tasked with the most difficult job of raising and caring for 12 children (now ages 49 to 72) and 2 grandchildren. In her passing, she fulfilled her greatest desire to depart from this world before any of her children. Carmen loved the Lord and was well versed in the scriptures, she was a doting grandmother on her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was gracious and kind to other children in her neighborhood whom she felt needed attention and a caring hand, she was an excellent cook, loved crocheting, had great compassion for animals, and she had an uncanny ability to nurture and grow any plant or flower. Despite her diminutive size, she had an indomitable spirit and was a strong advocate and tenacious defender when it came to her family. She was a disciplinarian who instilled in her children respect for the Lord's Word, the need to achieve academically, and the steps to succeed in life. She is survived by her 12 children; sons, Sixto E. Torres of Crawfordville, Florida, Saul A. Torres of Lorain, Anibal (Joyce) Torres of Ravenna, Ohio, Ferdinand Torres of Lorain, Benjamin (Gina) Torres of Chicago, Illinois; daughters, Carmen L. Craft of Waverly, Tennessee, Iris D. Torres of Lorain, Zoraida (Micky) Livingston of Lorain, Betsaida (Jeff) Smith of Amherst, Ohio, Miriam I. Gonzalez of Lorain, Eva L. Torres of Lorain, and Olga E. (Troy) Pitcher of Roanoke, California. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and her youngest sibling, Myrna Rivera, of Comerio, Puerto Rico. The family wishes to extend its deepest appreciation and gratitude to Carmen's full-time caregivers, Saul Torres and Iris Torres, for their sacrifice and loving care during her 3 year struggle. Additionally, thanks to Carmen's granddaughter, Amarilis (Lili) Torres for assisting with her care when needed. The family will receive friends at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio, (440)324-3371, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral chapel on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Brother Julio Rodriguez officiating. Entombment services will be held at Resthaven Memory Gardens, 3700 Center Rd., Avon, Ohio, (440)236-3961.
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