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Araceli Bilbao

Monday, July 15, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

10:30 AM

All Saints Catholic Church

Crest Lawn Cemetery

Visitation at Fischer Funeral Care Chapel Thursday, July 18 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Araceli ‘Mima’ Bilbao, a beloved mother and grandmother, devoted wife, and devout and active Christian woman, 79, has passed from our presence in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, July 15, 2019, and delivered to her Savior. Born on June 22, 1940 in Remedios, Cuba, Araceli was the youngest child of Felipe Rodriguez Borroto and Petra del Rio Rodriguez. After immigrating to the United States in June of 1969, she resided with her family in Atlanta and later Peachtree Corners, Georgia while maintaining close relationships with family and friends across the US and abroad. Mima remained active in the community while raising her children, joyfully working for the betterment of others. Starting in the 1970’s, she worked as a licensed Respiratory Therapist at Crawford Long Hospital, Doctors Memorial, and later at Egleston Children’s Hospital. She would retire from the medical field to embrace working with children as a preschool teacher at Trinity School, Winter’s Chapel UMC Preschool, and at the nursery at Simpsonwood UMC. In the early 1990’s Mima became active with Cross Connection / Childspring International and for over 10 years hosted multiple children and their caretakers in her home. Well into her late 60’s, she assisted on numerous mission trips to Honduras serving as a translator, youth chaperone, and sewing teacher for local women and girls. She was an active member of CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish) at All Saints Catholic Church where, for several years, she provided the embroidered Bible covers for each retreat participant. She also served her parish in Eucharistic Adoration, Altar Care, and Divine Mercy ministries. A prolific and gifted seamstress, Mima’s love and care for others manifested in her needlework. She particularly enjoyed celebrating family and friends’ milestones by creating heirloom garments such as wedding dresses and christening gowns. She was also kind enough to constantly mend and alter clothing for loved ones. In later years, her grandchildren and her church ministries became her life focus. Mima is predeceased by her husband, Jose V. Bilbao. She is survived by her daughter Lili A. Bilbao; son and daughter-in-law Marcos & Amy Bilbao; adopted daughter-in-love Cecilia (Michael) Jones; grand-children Claire Bilbao, Marc (Laura) Bilbao, Thomas Bilbao, Grace Bilbao, and Samuel Jones; siblings Maria del Carmen Samaniego, Jorge Casanova, Nidia (Jim) Grissom, and Nivia Viera; god-daughters Barbara (Luis) Vazquez and Yvonne (Chris) Vreeland; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services for Araceli will be conducted at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Georgia 10:30am on Friday, July 19, 2019 by Msgr. James Fennessy. Burial will be at Crestlawn Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia with arrangements by Fischer Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Marc Bilbao, Thomas Bilbao, Chris Sartain, Michael Jones, Billy Casanova, and Jorge Luis ‘Coli’ Rodriguez-Feo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Childspring International at Please sign online guestbook at

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The Fischer Family
The Fischer Family would like to extend their sincere condolences and sympathies during this difficult time.
Dorota MillerJul 18 2019 06:49 pm
I met our beautiful soul, Ara, in Adoration Chapel during my Guardian times at All Saints. She was there every time I was... She prayed with such a fervor and even though she tried to be quiet I could hear her whisper Hail Marys in Spanish. I asked her one day if she heard of CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish) and that I would like to invite her because I believed that Jesus was truly asking her to be there. I didn't think there was any accident involved in us meeting like this all the time. Her face lit up. You all know the smile I am talking about... She grabbed my hand and smiled so brightly saying, "you know? I was praying for something like this. I don't know what you are talking about, but if Jesus wants me there, then I want to go. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you." And so every time from this point on when I saw Ara she would thank me for inviting her. If she introduced me to anyone it was "this is the lady who invited me to CRHP." God used me to reach her because He knew she would reach sooo many others and she did! What she did for me and countless others is beyond measure. I am grateful for her in my life and for the love she showed me. I will miss her forever. I miss her warmth, her faith, her smile, her kindness. I miss Ara. Rest in peace and pray for us, sweet and darling Ara. You have always been a prayer warrior. PS. Thank you for the gifts you have given me during your time here.
THOMAS w APSEYJul 18 2019 03:53 pm
Ara went to Honduras with us many times The people in Honduras Loved her She will always have a special place in my heart She was the most generous person I have every met On one trip she took two giant suit cases I noticed she was wearing the same cloths She took one change of cloths for her self The rest of bag was stuffed full of items for the women and Kids in the Village
Cathy GuidryJul 17 2019 06:41 pm
Much love to all of you! Hugs and prayers!
Marcos BilbaoJul 17 2019 05:46 pm
Mima’s is life in pictures… a life well lived.
Marcos Bilbao
Gene TaylorJul 17 2019 04:00 pm
I met Mrs. Bilbao through her lovely daughter, Lili, one day at the school. While I knew Mrs. Bilbao only briefly, I will always remember the words of love she shared about Lili and her family and the peace that seemed to radiate from her. Mrs. Bilbao seemed so kind, generous and loving. When she left that day, I remember thinking, “Lili and her siblings are very blessed to have such a wonderful mother . . . This world needs more Araceli Bilbaos.”
Evie JonesJul 17 2019 11:21 am
I had the pleasure of working with Miss Ara at both Winter's Chapel and Simpsonwood UMC. There is not a person who Miss Ara did not love and I will always remember her beautiful smile and genuine Happiness of life. Please know that each of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go thru this most difficult time. May God's peace and love give you the strength to move froward each day knowing that Miss Ara is in God's ever loving presence.
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