Family Tribute:He sat on his rocking chair, rocking back and forth in anticipation of the call. His sister hadn't called yet... She broke out into tears in an empty parking lot. Her aunt was still missing... She roamed the NYC Subway system in a saddened bewilderment. Her mother was in that building... She stared at the television, and through the tears, asked God questions. When would her daughter be found?… He locked himself in their room, and sat there broken. His wife was gone.
On September 11, 2001, the world experienced devastating loss. Thousands of families lost loved ones and have been forever scarred with the tragic memories of that day. This family in particular, lost a beloved member… Abigail Medina.
Abigail Cales was born on April 18, 1956 to Francisco and Manuela Cales. She was the seventh of seven children: Francisco, Enid, Cynthia, Lillian, Vincent, Frances and Abigail. Abbie (as her family affectionately called her) was married to Eliasaul Medina on September 18, 1981, and henceforth changed her surname to Medina. On December 31, 1982 she gave birth to her first daughter Enid. The newlyweds waited four years before they were blessed with their second daughter. On March 15, 1987, Abbie gave birth to Amy.
Abbie loved her family. She was a loyal wife, and a caring mother. Amidst her busy schedule, she always had time for her husband and daughters. She listened to them when they spoke, and was always there to give them good advice when they needed direction. She was passionate about her family.
Abbie was as devoted to her Church and community as she was to her family. She volunteered countless hours in her local Church, and ministered to hundreds of disadvantaged inner-city youth in her neighborhood. She was passionate about her faith.
She had an ebullient, kind personality, an even temper, and a loving heart that will never be forgotten.
As her family still mourns the day that Abbie left us, we find comfort and joy in one thing: The promise that she is dancing in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She can no longer feel pain, and she is worshipping at the feet of her just and powerful God.
Until that day that we are all united again…
'For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD which is CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.'
- Eliseo Rivera Jr.