Today, we celebrate the life of Daisy Rodriguez; beloved Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend. She was loved, she is missed and will never be forgotten…
Daisy was born June 17, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Elba and Tomás Rodriguez. She was the second oldest of five sisters. Growing up she attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), where she later found herself back again years later by dedicating 21 years of services to Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV), an organization committed to supporting the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school students. Although this was her job, this was only the beginning of Daisy’s contribution to her community. Throughout the years, Daisy contributed to numerous organizations throughout Cambridge including help coach various cheerleading squads for the Cambridge Pop Warner Football program. Daisy was also among one of the first parents to begin a program for the Cambridge Rindge & Latin football team in which they provided various nutritional items before and during CRLS football games.
Daisy was not only a beautiful person, but a wonderful human being. She was someone you can always count on to be there and show up for you in more ways than one. Anyone who had the honor of knowing her was touched by her light, strength, selflessness and faith. She loved to spend time with her loved ones; especially her sons and granddaughter, Nariya. Her family meant everything to her. She was a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, and a friend, but she was a mother first and foremost. Taking care of her sons was always her number one priority. She was warm, compassionate, loving and supportive - the embodiment of everything a mother should be and so much more.
In 2010, Daisy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Although it wasn’t always easy, she continued to hold on to her faith and fought to stay strong for not only herself, but her family. After her diagnosis and in the most Daisy-like fashion, she still always put others first and continued to live out her life as fully as she could. She lived well beyond the lifespan for your average ovarian cancer fighter, so to say she was special just doesn’t do her justice. She was extraordinary. Daisy will always be missed, but her memory will live on forever.
Daisy is survived by her parents, Elba and Tomás Rodriguez; her sons Jose Toledo and Jerome Rodriguez; her sisters, Jessica Scott, Brenda Rodriguez, Ana Rodriguez-Nunes, Lissette Rodriguez; her granddaughter Nariya Toledo; and her many nieces and nephews, all of which she has loved deeply.
The family would like to thank the staff at Harvard Vanguard and Dr. Mandira Ray for their continuous care and treatment of Daisy. We would also like to thank A.J. Spears Funeral Home and St. John the Evangelist Church for their kindness and assistance in providing the funeral arrangements. In Daisy’s memory, contributions may be made to Ovations for the Cure Foundation.