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Yolanda Escoto Agathocleous

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Last updated on: 08/05/2008


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December 24 2007, we just finish our traditional evening get together with out Yolanda.
6 months had passed , She is still here , Her memory so real.
This past October i did the yearly trip to Cyprus alone.
A friend of the family came to visit and she tells me:”I could not understood how Yolanda managed to win your parents hearts
so quickly and so deep until i met her my self. She was full of life ,a true happy person,Her radiance and warmth so strong
enough to melt away any heart. We all family and friends fell in love with her instantly.”
That was Yolanda a person that could capture the heart of anybody around Her instantly.
She loved Her children,grandchildren,family and friends,She loved me. We all also loved her very much.
Her loss to big to all of us. We all miss Her so very very much.

lakis agathocleous – 08/05/2008

dear Tia Yolanda:

It is 7:03 pm. Today is Halloween :). I’m in my class break and i just thought of you. The weather was nice today, but it will not get any better.. Its getting cold again. I’m writing and thinking about all of this and i still don’t believe it. But, I rather thinking of you with a smile on my face :) because you are and will always be alive in my thoughts and in my heart. And, as i told you that last Saturday that i saw you for the last time “YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE”. Well, i must leave now the class is about to begin. Bendicion tia….

Carolina – 08/05/2008

As a Women Studies major, I have studies the lives of many inspirational and incredible women throughout history, though I am rarely given the chance to meet one, like Yolanda. I am Yolanda?s youngest son?s girlfriend, who she took into her home for a substantial amount of time with open arms, an open mind and heart. While living with her, we did mediocre activities together like shopping, cooking, going to the beauty shop and decorating the house for the holidays, but during these ordinary activities I had some of the most extraordinary conversations with her. She shared with me her personal stories of courage, some were comical and some were sad, but no doubt they were all meaningful. She comforted me in my time of need; she never judged me or treated me harshly, as she may have been treated in the past by others, but instead, she magically converted the negativity she experienced into positivity. She broke free of repressive situations, and struggles were only disguised challenges for her to overcome. She figured out the key to living and to be free and fearless, which many of us have yet to solve. She told me to always hold my head up high, to speak up for myself, and never let anyone step on me. I am writing this, not to ramble on about what she and I did together, but to record a small part of her history through the eyes of an outsider and to exemplify what she was capable of, that is, inspiring individuals for the better. The impact Yolanda had on me and many others, will last for generations to come and I know this because if ever I bare her decedents, I will make sure that they recognize her guidance and follow the path she has led for them. Yolanda was an amazing and magnificent woman, let?s never forget her.

Beatriz Martinez – 08/05/2008

i miss her!! i cant belives, she was a good person, good in everythings all.

i miss my aunt

Susana Benedicto – 08/05/2008

Yolanda was truly an amazing person. She shared so much love and joy, it was impossible not to smile when she was around. Her love of life was contagious. I really miss her.

Patricia Zafiriadis – 08/05/2008

Thank you all for your kind thoughts. I am sure that wherever she is she’d be proud to see so many people getting together in her honor. And I am positive that, had she survived, she would do everything in her power to make sure no one else had to endure suffering from such a horrible affliction.
But rather than leave words of sadness I’d rather leave words of hope. This disease can and will be defeated. My thanks to Dr. Forte and the staff at North Shore/LIJ and all the other people who witness people afflicted with this sickness on a daily basis. Thank you for your compassion and effort.

Jacques Benhayoun – 08/05/2008

THE IMPACT OF HER SOLE LIFE WAS HER LOVE & CARE FOR OTHERS…YOLANDA BROUGHT SO MUCH TO THE LIVES OF HER FAMILY & FRIENDS…HER HEART WAS FULL…SHE WAS BLESSED WITH ARMS THAT REACHED AROUND ALL OF US! THE VOID WE FEEL IN HER ABSENCE IS OVERWHELMING…THE PAIN DOES NOT GO AWAY…WE CAN ONLY BE THANKFUL THAT HER SUFFERING HAS PASSED…HER COURAGE & STRENGTH GIVE WAY TO HOPE & FAITH. WE CANNOT QUESTION GOD’S PLAN FOR OUR LIVES…I HAVE LOST THE DEAREST OF FRIENDS…BUT THE HEAVENS HAVE GAINED A SPECIAL ANGEL…YOLANDA!!
MY LAST PROMISE TO YOLANDA WAS TO
“TAKE CARE OF OUR BOYS” AND WITH ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME,
WITH HER SPIRIT BESIDE ME, THE PRIVILEGE & PRECIOUS JOY OF
OF OUR GRANDSONS LIVES WILL ALWAYS BE FOREMOST!
YOLANDA, YOU ARE LOVED & MISSED BEYOND WORDS!

GIGI – 08/05/2008

Yolanda had a smile that was infectious. I remember the first time I saw it. I will never forget how it made me feel. And I knew I had just met someone special. I will forever be grateful for that first encounter and for all that followed. And I will always regret not having had more time to know her.

Jennifer Ferrara – 08/05/2008

Most people probably never knew the real place that Yolanda had in my heart- I hope she did. She is thought of every day, and missed more than words can say. Her family and friends were so lucky to have her, even if it was not for as long as we wanted too. I feel grateful for it still.

Deborah Mandel – 08/05/2008

Yolanda always brought out the best in people, whether it was at a party she and Lakis were throwing, or you were just talking over a cup of tea. She had a way of focusing on the positive and being encouraging while being authentic and genuine, it is such a rare quality in people. I think about and miss her all the time.

katrina – 08/05/2008

Yolanda was a catalyst – an extraordinary person who’s life was shortened and taken by such an awful disease. She is incredibly missed by all and she will always be remembered as the most an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, friend…
3 months later and this is still so sureal and awful.
I miss her!!!
We miss her so much!!!

elise cox – 08/05/2008

Its been a alittle more than a year – Yolanda was my 2nd mother – I still struggle with the fact that she was taken from us forever – we all go on with a missing piece of ourselves which is Yolanda – I still see her spirit in my boys’ eyes and especially in elise david and jaques – they all have qualities of Yolanda – she was truly a beautiful, spirited and gracious woman – her smile was like the warmth of the sun – when I go to visit her under the tree I cry -I always become overwhelmed by the sense of loss and I know it will never get better or easier – it just is a missing piece in me and I am forever changed! I will never be who I was when she was here – life is different now – her life now will live on in our minds, hearts, words and pictures – I love and miss you mom!

justin (pollo) cox – 9/12/08 – 09/12/2008

I thank you humbly for sarhing your wisdom JJWY

Buck Buck – 06/02/2011

Thank God! Someone with barnis speaks!

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