Mercides Tomasa Nava (Perez) September 18, 1928 - April 20, 2020

Sept 18, 1928 to April 20, 2020

Preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Manuel Garcia Nava and son-in-law Dave Anderson; parents Jose and Inez Perez; 5 brothers; 4 sisters and many in-laws. Survived by daughters, Isabel Anderson, Gloria Nava; sons, Manuel David, Anthony (Chriss), Lawrence (Reenie), Steven (Dena); 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Mercides (Shorty) was born and raised in Hampton Iowa and loved her small-town setting. She had a passion for big band and Mexican music, always ready to show her skill on the dance floor. She was a long-time resident of St Paul, where she worked and raised her children. She was PTA President where her children attended grade school, held various jobs and retired as site manager for RAP. She loved her children, grandchildren and friends and will forever be our glowing light. More information regarding burial and celebration of life at a later date.

More information regarding burial and celebration of life at a later date.


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    Maria , Familia Zambrano says

    You are absolutely amazing ? Always smiling and full of jokes. You are loved , so many great memories,Thank you!
    Until we meet again Rest in paradise
    Love y BESOS
    P.S i owe you a margarita
    Love you Tia

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    Nancy Pieper says

    Shorty was my most favorite person in this whole wide world. She brightened my day every time I had the opportunity to be with her. She always had plenty of time for family and friends doing what ever she could to please everyone. She was a fantastic grandmother helping out where and when ever she could. Thanks to her children for making her final days comfortable! Love and Hugs to all of you!

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      Gary Singleman says

      Sorry for the loss of ur mother I know how much she ment to all of u she was a wonderful woman and will be missed by all that knew her.shewas all way,s had a smile for everyone she met .remember Mom and Dad are watching u all from heaven so u better be good.

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    Gloria & Trinidad Uribe Jr says

    Cookie, Larry, Gloria & family. Our deepest condolences to you all with the passing of your beloved Mother. May God wrap his loving arms around your Mom welcoming her into Paradise to be joined with your Dad as well. God bless you all with peace, love & comfort through this very sad time.
    May your Mom Rest In Peace.

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    Helen Schaller Amundson says

    Dear Gloria and your brothers and sisters, I am saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. I have wonderful memories of your mom and our friendships and days at Jackson and Mechanic Arts. Your mom always had a wonderful smile and was so kind (and fun!). My mom will be glad to see “Shorty” again when she is welcomed to her heavenly rest. My condolences to your entire family.

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