Casilda Crosswell

Obituary for Casilda Crosswell

Casilda Crosswell, matriarch, grandparent, provider, protector and prayer warrior, was welcomed into Our Father’s loving embrace on Saturday, October 8, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Palma Soriano, Cuba on November 15, 1932, she was the eldest daughter and third child of Ana Crosswell-Eustace and Augusto Eustace, and she dedicated her life to her family and God’s ministry here on Earth. Casilda was the sister of the late Elvira Turner, and her youngest brother Alfredo. She was an avid watcher of Christian television and the news, and as such restricted (many times unsuccessfully) the television habits of her grandchildren. Her warmth, wisdom, sense of charity, love of God and unintentionally hilarious wit will be deeply missed by her family, friends and fellow Christians.  From her youth, Casilda dedicated her life to walking with God and proclaiming His word, both in the country of her birth and her adopted home. In Cuba, she taught in a Bible Seminary, was co-Pastor of a large Pentecostal congregation, and was an accomplished instrument player (piano, saxophone, accordion, and flute). In addition to her religious duties, she participated in humanitarian efforts, and once spearheaded an initiative to provide shelter for hundreds of displaced Cubans during a severe hurricane.  Upon her arrival to the United States, Casilda lived in Lakewood New Jersey and parts of Miami before eventually settling in Long Island, N.Y. She channeled her love for her fellow human beings into a profession that allowed her to show God’s love to all by becoming a Nurse’s Assistant, working as a supervisor of the New Born Nursery at Oceanside Hospital in Oceanside. She also worked with private clients as a care giver/companion, visiting nursing homes and shut-ins, bringing love, sunshine, and especially God’s Word, to their daily lives. At one point, she even opened her tiny home to a group of orphans from Central America for an entire summer.  Casilda retired to Florida, where she became an active member of the Spanish-speaking evangelical church. Upon relocating to Brandon from South Florida, she started attending The Rivers International of Tampa Bay. She continued her service in ministry, participating in outreach and helping in the pantry, and eventually became a First Responder Chaplain. She continued sharing God’s Word with prisoners, the sick and the shut in.  When Casilda was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2006, she was given only six months to live. The intervening decade was called “the bonus years”—primarily for her family, which continued to bask in her presence. Her ability to defy the debilitating effects of disease earned her the nickname “Lazara,” the biblical figure who defied death (Lazarus). God continued to bless her and those close to her, right up until the very end.  She is survived by her children from her only marriage to Rev. Juan Carlos Anderson: Dr. Juan Charles Anderson Jr, Daisy I Anderson, Marta Anderson, Carmen Morales, Joel Anderson, Noris Crosswell and Jazmine Katrina.  Her loving grandchildren include MSG Damaris Jarrosay, Javier E. David, Javan Anderson, Jennifer Anderson, Litz Casilda Anderson-Gardner, Dr. Juan Carlos Anderson-Cleger, Dr. Liutmila Anderson- Gardner, Dr. Charles Nelson Anderson-Cruz, and Ravel Anderson-Cruz, Cristina Morales, and Nayquan Gay. Her great-grandchildren, including Imani Anderson, Mia Cross, Viola Anderson, Roxana Anderson Acosta, Johan Anderson- Acosta, Kimberly Anderson-Lopez, Enzo Anderson-Batista, were also blessed richly by her existence.  Friends & Family whose lives she touched profoundly include Rev. Dr. Esteban Anderson, Dr. Sharon Anderson and their children, Dione and Esteban Jr.; Himilce Turner-Salcedo, Donald Turner, Wilfredo Turner, Oscar Turner, and Delvis Turner.  In addition, Casilda left behind a vast family of believers, including Rev. Mauricio Benitez & Pastora Marina Benitez, Pastor David Blair, Pastor Raye Hutchinson, Sister Delilah, Mark Englehardt, Lissette Bonano, Missionary Sister Rafaela Ochoa, and Rebecca & Raquel Hidalgo. Interment to follow services at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens  1 Thessalonians 5:18  In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

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The City of Restoration Church

2802 SR 60 E

Valrico, FL

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

12 pm

 

The City of Restoration Church

2802 SR 60 E

Valrico, FL

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Hillsboro Memorial Gardens

Hwy 60

Brandon, FL

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