Maria Carmen Naranjo

Our beloved wife and mother, Maria Carmen Naranjo, entered her eternal life on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Carmen was surrounded by her family and passed peacefully.

She was born on July 31, 1944 to Jesus and Balbina Fernandez (both deceased), in Havana, Cuba. She immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old and arrived in Washington, D.C. Carmen grew up with her three brothers; Antonio Fernandez (deceased), Benigno Fernandez (Alicia)(both deceased), and James Fernandez (Pilar).

Life’s twists and turns brought Carmen to the love of her life and husband of 50 years, Edgar Marcelo Naranjo. Together they raised two daughters, Michelle Bentkowski (Scott), Kristie Lofland (Larry) and a nephew they loved like a son; Angel “Roddy” Naranjo (deceased). Carmen was blessed with granddaughters and seized every chance to brag about Sammi, Gabby, Peytyn, Adrianna, and Maddy. Carmen is also survived by one cousin and many nieces and nephews who were present in her life and she loved dearly.

Carmen was a visionary and worked hard. She was a proud employee of the Federal Government and retired from the United States Agency for International Development in 2011. In her retirement, Carmen enjoyed how life slowed down and spending time with her husband and family were her top priority.  Carmen will long be remembered for being caring and helpful to all. You never had to ask a favor of her because she would offer to assist when she saw a need. She was a loving and selfless wife, mother and grandmother who kept our family close and strong no matter what the storm. We will forever be grateful that she always put our needs before her own. Carmen was also a dedicated and loyal friend to many and has been described as the most genuine and giving friend to all who crossed her path.

Carmen’s family expresses their heartfelt and sincere gratitude for all the support and kindness during this time.

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