Zoilita Diaz De Mojica

Born on June 30, 1920

Departed on June 8, 2018 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Zoilita Mojica, of blessed memory, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of June 8th , surrounded as she was throughout her life, by her family and loved ones. Known to her closest friends and family as “Mamita,” Zoila Diaz de Mojica was born in Colombia on June 29,, 1920 and grew up surrounded by vibrant characters, vivid colors and the verdant beauty of nature that informed and inspired her brilliant paintings later in life.

Whether those paintings depict sunlight dancing on Orchids, Hibiscus and Lilies; a certain white house of some repute (which now resides in the Barack Obama collection); the face of an eccentric, Garcia-Marquez-esque local character, recorded in the memory of a four-year old girl and eight decades later on canvas; or a self-portrait of that young girl running gleefully through a field, Zoilita Mojica’s art work radiates the warmth, the joy and the love of the artist herself.

Every bit the matriarch – or more fittingly the “Mamita”—of the extended Mojica/Negri family, Zoilita’s loving warmth, generosity and world-class hugs are treasured memories of all who knew her, She is loved, mourned and survived by her daughters Inés Negri (née Mojica)and Maria Luisa Cuellar (née Mojica); her son-in law Thomas Negri; her grandchildren Juan Camillo Cuellar, Andrea Inés Cuellar; Daniel Thomas Negri; Michael Anthony Negri and great-grandchildren Juan Pablo Cuellar, Sofia Cuellar, Gemma Negri and Gia Negri.

Zoilita was pre-deceased by her husband Ramon Antonio Mojica; her son Alvaro Mojica; her sister Yolanda Diaz de Prieto, and her brother Hector Rafael Diaz. She is also mourned and missed by the extended Diaz, Prieto, Mojica, Cuellar and Negri families and all those fortunate enough to have known and loved her.

Though Zoilita took a sabbatical from painting for decades in order to raise her family and nurture and lavish love on her grandchildren, she picked up her brushes again at age 81 and has created prolifically since. After many years of visiting her daughter Inés, son-in-law Tom and grandchildren Danny and Michael in the United States, Zoilita emigrated in 1999 and became an American citizen in 2013 at the age of 93. The latter event was noted by news media from around the region.

For those wishing to pay their respects to Zoilita and her family, visitation will be at St. Mathew’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM, and will be followed by a funeral mass at 2:00 PM. St. Mathew’s Catholic Church is located at 535 Sneed Road West in Franklin Tennessee.

Her passing just 21-days shy of her 98th birthday leaves a void in the hearts and lives of all those who love her. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Zoilita Mojica be made to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) or Conexion Americas (both located at 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211) and/or to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St, Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

6 Comments to Zoilita Diaz De Mojica

  1. Héctor M. Díaz
    June 11, 2018 8:55 pm

    My dearest aunt and second mom! Bon voyage to Heaven! We’re sure you have arrived there and are right now in Jesus’arms!
    And are now in the company of my grandparents, Anatolio and Vitalia, your sister Yolita, your brother and my dad Héctor Rafael, your hubby Ramón and your beloved son Álvaro…along with many others you loved!

    Zoilita tú encarnaste el Mandamiento del Amor! GRACIAS !!!! dejaste en nuestros corazones la huella del Amor que jamás perecerá! Jesús escogió llevarte el Día de la Solemnidad de Su Sagrado Corazón! Significado profundo! Muy hermoso! Te amamos y celebramos lo que ahora bien mereces una bienaventurada eternidad en la gloria de Dios y de todo los que amas! Eres nuestro Ángel! (This was written by my wife María Isabel:
    Zoilita you incarnated the Lord’s Commandment of Love!
    THANK YOU!!!
    You leave in our hearts the love’s footprint that will never die…
    So Jesus chose to take you with Him on the Day of the Solemnity of His Sacred Heart Corazón! Such deep meaning! So beautiful!
    We love you and we celebrate your well deserved passing to a blessed eternity in God’s Glory with all that you so loved!
    You’re our angel now!)

    You were always pure 💕 love, big hugs, and endless tenderness…

    We will always remember you by your tearful goodbyes, your “te adoro” or “los adoro”, your beautiful paintings, and your gorgeous smile!

    Be happy in eternity!!

    Your loving nephew, Héctor Mario, and my wife María Isabel and sons, Héctor Andrés and Jorge Daniel.

  2. Marcela Diaz and family
    June 12, 2018 10:21 am

    Our dearest aunt left a mark in our hearts, her unforgettable laugh and strong hugs were her trademark.
    Her words of wisdom were unique, thank you tia for so much love.
    You were part of a very special generation, with Mami, my dad and now you, we complete our stars in heaven, we will keep feeling loved and protected from up above.
    Love you tia
    Marcela Diaz and family

  3. JOYCE PACK
    June 12, 2018 10:27 am

    Tom, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. From the description of her I feel sure God has received a lovely angel into his heavens. My deepest regards
    Joyce Pack

  4. Catherine Quade
    June 13, 2018 5:42 am

    Tom and Inez, Mamita radiated love and laughter wherever she went. I remember the fierceness and tenderness of her hugs and how special you felt in that embrace. Heaven is a happier place and a bit more orderly, I’m sure. Love to you, Catherine and Rich

  5. Victoria Trunzo
    June 15, 2018 12:27 pm

    Querida Zoilita!

    Mil gracias por ser parte de la vida mia. You are loved and missed dearly. Abrazos y besos al cielo xoxoxxo

  6. Yolanda friderici
    June 17, 2018 1:12 pm

    Precious Zoilita

    My teacher Of love, laughter..forgiveness..and LIFE..real Life ..behind appearences..
    I Find you in the birds, the sky, thé immense universe.. your closest family..your worm beautiful Smile ..is with me Here and NOW
    You know I ADORE you..i know you are with Alvaro, my best childhood buddy…rememberîg..
    Until we meet again🦋✨

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