Carmen “Millie” Tapia, 63, of North Syracuse gained her angel wings, while surrounded by loved ones, on April 25, 2021 after battling ongoing medical issues.
Through her, we know what perseverance and resilience look like. There was no quit in Carmen; she was determined to bless her family and friends with every priceless memory she could until it was her time to be at peace.
Above all, Carmen will be remembered as a devoted mother who loved her children, George and Emily, fiercely. She was their biggest cheerleader and offered constant, unconditional support and love. If ever a Mom was a best friend, Carmen was that and so much more.
Her love extended far beyond just her children. Carmen’s house always had an open door for family, friends, neighbors, and, of course, George and Emily’s friends who she treated as her own. She was the true definition of a caretaker for anyone fortunate enough to cross her path. You could always count on her for a good laugh, an ear to listen, and great conversation over an even better meal. When Carmen welcomed you into her home you could guarantee she’d be in the kitchen whipping up one of her fantastic home-cooked dishes. And if you were really lucky, it might be her rice and beans, pork chops, macaroni or potato salad. You’d always leave with a full belly, a plate to go, and a hug.
Growing up in the Bronx meant Carmen never lost her independent, fiery spirit. She was always up to head out on the town for a good time. In fact, sometimes trying to get her to end a night out took a lot of convincing. But, odds were, once she flashed that contagious smile of hers, the fun would continue until she decided the adventure was over. Carmen was full of life and wanted to enjoy every second she could.
Carmen also loved a “Girls Day”. A day full of shopping, stopping at the nail salon for a fabulous new nail color to set off the beautiful jewelry she was always adorned with, and maybe a bite to eat. She might pick up a new dolphin trinket on those days to add to the expansive collection already displayed throughout her home. Her connection to dolphins was, without a doubt, because they shared the same sociable personality.
When Carmen needed some relaxation, you would find her gardening and tending to her plants. Her porch was covered with vibrant flowers that matched her bright soul. She enjoyed taking in the beauty and watching the hummingbird visitors appreciate the calming oasis she created. Being outside with a warm breeze and the sun on her face was her happy place. She would visit the ocean or a beach as often as she could - which always put her in good spirits.
Carmen is survived by her lifelong partner, Jorge Rivera; her children: George & Emily Rivera; her brothers: Marty, Mario, & William Tapia; her sisters: Tracy & Nydia Tapia, & Rachel Greene; and several nieces & nephews. She is predeceased by her parents: Mariano & Nellie Tapia, & brothers: Frankie & Tony Tapia.
It is with great sadness and broken hearts we mourn the loss of the love of our lives. We will continue to carry Carmen’s memory in our hearts and take comfort in knowing she is now in peace and with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Visitation to be held Friday, May 7th 4-6pm at New Comer Cremations & Funerals in N. Syracuse with a service to follow at 6pm.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held Saturday, May 8th from 2-5pm at Wild Horse Bar & Grill, 720 County Route 37, Central Square.
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