We regret to announce the passing of Silas Atilano-Batista, a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend. Silas was born on March 27, 1940, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and peacefully entered eternal rest at the hands of her daughter in her home on November 11, 2023. She was 83 years old.
Silas led a remarkable life filled with love, compassion, and joy. After her husband Monserrate retired, she dedicated herself to her work at The Strathallan Hotel for 18 years. Additionally, she served as a Foster Grandparent at a daycare center. Silas had a natural way with children and enjoyed spending time with them any chances she received. She took great delight in their presence and cherished the moments spent playing with them.
Some of Silas's fondest memories was gardening and doing yard work with her dear daughter Wanda. They shared laughter and created beautiful spaces together. Silas also had an fun and entrepreneurial spirit as she sold juleps to the neighborhood in the past, which even funded a memorable family vacation to Puerto Rico.
Her thoughtfulness and love for her children were extraordinary. One of the cherished traditions she upheld was preparing a delightful, sweet treat every Wednesday for the kids to enjoy after their early dismissal from school. Whether it was the aroma of freshly baked muffins, the joy of indulging in cakes, or the delight of savoring homemade cupcakes, her loving gesture brought smiles to their faces and warmth to their hearts. This act of kindness exemplified her dedication as a mother, creating lasting memories of love and sweetness that will forever be treasured by her family.
Silas had a deep affection for her cats, especially her cherished Queenie of a remarkable 18 years, Hallie and Ella as well. Their companionship brought her great comfort, memories, and happiness throughout the years.
A loving daughter herself, Silas spoke with her mother daily on the phone. Their conversations were filled with warmth and care, ensuring that her mother knew each child had safely made it home before ending their calls.
Known for her cheerful disposition and caring nature, Silas touched the lives of all who crossed paths with her. Those who had the privilege of meeting her fell in love with her infectious joy and kindness. She embraced life with an unwavering spirit and never complained despite any challenges she faced.
In her leisure time, Silas adored attending outdoor festivals and parades. The lively atmosphere brought her immense pleasure as she reveled in the festivities surrounding her. Alongside this, she also found solace in watching Telenovelas, knitting, and cooking. She was always trying to stay active. These hobbies allowed her to express her creativity and provided moments of tranquility.
Silas is survived by her loving children: Monserrate Caraballo Jr. (Sharon), Edwin Caraballo (Juana), Anibal Caraballo, Milton Caraballo Jr. (Suzie), Wanda Caraballo, and Ivan Caraballo. She was a devoted mother and her children were the center of her world. Her unconditional love, unwavering support, and nurturing nature shaped the lives of her children and left an indelible mark on their hearts.
In addition to her remarkable dedication as a mother, Silas was also blessed with a large and loving family. She was the proud grandmother to 14 grandchildren, who brought immense joy and laughter into her life. As time went on, her family continued to grow, and she had the privilege of watching her family tree flourish with the arrival of 40 great-grandchildren. Each and every one of them held a special place in her heart, and she cherished the moments spent with them, creating cherished memories and passing down her love from generation to generation.
Silas was also cherished by those who preceded her death; her loving husband Monserrate Caraballo Sr., along with Ricardo Caraballo Jr. and Josue Caraballo.
To honor Silas Atilano-Batista's life, visitation services will be held on November 17, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home (1148 E Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787). A funeral service will take place on November 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the same location. Following the service, a burial ceremony will be held at Orlando Memorial Gardens (5264 Ingram Rd, Apopka, FL 32703) at 1:30 PM.
Silas Atilano-Batista brought immeasurable joy and love to everyone she encountered. Her memory will forever be treasured in the hearts of those who knew her best. May she rest in eternal peace as her spirit lives on through the beautiful memories she leaves behind.