MARIA DORA RAMIREZ DE MEDINA, 80, of Arcola, IL passed away at 12:20 A.M. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.
A memorial celebration of Dora’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main, in Arcola, IL. Father Angel Sierra will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial celebration at the funeral home.
Dora was born sometime in January, but due to the fact that she was born on an hacienda in a remote location, her date of birth is listed as March 17, 1939 in Cadereyta NL Mexico because that is when she was registered. She was a daughter of Liandro and Maria Ines (Mares) Ramirez. She married Jose A. Medina on May 17, 1961 in Cadereyta, Mexico.
She is survived by her husband Jose of Arcola, IL; seven children, Juan Ramon Medina, Sergio Arturo Medina and his wife Ana, Jose Alfredo Medina all of Arcola, IL, Iliana Medina Leal and her husband Francisco of Mattoon, IL, Marlen Helmuth, Jose Atanacio Medina and his wife Sabrina and Luis Antonio Medina all of Arcola, IL; nineteen grandchildren, Jose, Blanca, Sandra, Tiffany, Heather, Sergio Jr, Sonia, Araceli, Nereida, Bianca, Stephany, Gustavo, Nino, Cecilia, Tyler, Marissa, Victoria, Vicente and Jada; seventeen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Blanca Ramirez Mares, and Estela Ramirez Galvan and two brothers, Jaime Ramirez Mares and Juan Ramirez Mares.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Elisa Ramirez Sanchez.
Dora was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Arcola, IL.
She was a homemaker who had very strong family values, was an excellent cook, everyone loved her tamales, and she was famous for her flour tortillas that she made from scratch.
Dora enjoyed playing BINGO. She always made time to play bingo at the Majestic Bingo Hall in Mt. Zion, IL.