Miriam Soledad Herrera de Molina, age 58, of Hoffman Estates, IL, passed away at Rush Medical Center in Chicago on April 29, 2017. She was born March 22, 1959 in Guarainag, Parroquia del Cantón Paute, Provincia del Azuay, Ecuador to her loving parents, Julio Arcesio Herrera Torres and Inés María Sacoto de Herrera.
Miriam Soledad was born the fifth of ten brothers and sisters. As a young girl, she moved from her birthplace in Guarainag to the city of Cuenca. There she began to study the art of Fashion Design at a technical academy, and worked for a couple of fashion boutiques where she was able to develop her studies in the art of Fashion Design.
Miriam met her husband, Cornelio, through her sister, Flerida Soledad, who was dating Cornelio’s brother. Miriam and Cornelio married in 1981 and had three wonderful children, Fernando, Paola and Patricio. Cornelio later moved to the United States and in 1997, Miriam and her three children soon joined him to live their new life in the U.S.
Before her move to a new country, Miriam accepted the message of Christ’s love and salvation through her husband who began attending and learning in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. When she arrived, she became heavily involved in the church and was an active participant during these years until she was diagnosed with cancer. She was a believer in Christ and fought with her every last breath.
Miriam was a very happy, driven and strong individual. She was full of life, laughter and faith. She was a child of God, and she was a kind soul with a loveable vigor for life. She always put her family first and strived for others to put forth their best effort. You could not leave her presence without receiving a word of faithful advice that would encourage you more than you trying to give her courage during her times of struggles and tribulation.
In her free time, Miriam enjoyed baking a variety of breads for her family; she was a master around the kitchen, always trying new recipes to please her family. She also enjoyed sewing and making different clothing for her family, especially her grandchildren. She was an avid reader of books that lifted her faith and spirit.
Miriam had many great moments, but the most shining was when she became a mother to her three children. Her greatest and most unique attribute was her strong devotion to God and her family. In 1994, she had a dream of a struggle of good and evil, where she saw that God was victorious over her life. She was a pioneer at her home church of Agape SDA Church, where she was a pillar of faith to many.
As a wife, mother, counselor, and a friend, she was the truest, most genuine form of a woman of faith. Thanks to her testimony of God’s love and salvation, she was a ray of light in the darkness to many. Many were brought to the feet of God because of her love and testimony of Christ. She remained faithful to her belief in God till her dying days, and even then, she brought faith and hope to the lives of others.
She is survived by her loving husband, Cornelio Cleofas Molina Zuñiga; her children, Edwin Fernando Molina Herrera, Patricio Cornelio Molina Herrera and Miryam Paola Molina (Héctor Usiel) Ontiveros; grandchildren, Gael Fernando Molina Dominguez, Sarahi Ayelen Molina Dominguez, Gianlucca Alessandro Ontiveros Molina and Samantha Sulema Molina; siblings, Ofelia (Gustavo Idrovo) Herrera Sacoto, Carlos Herrera Sacoto, Flerida Soledad Herrera Sacoto, Jaquelina (Esau Trelles) Herrera Sacoto, Patricio Herrera Sacoto, Sonia Herrera Sacoto, Cecilia (Antonio Cañizares) Herrera Sacoto and Pablo (Norma Rivadeneira)Herrera Sacoto; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Visitation will be 7-8PM with service to follow on Friday May 5, 2017 at Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día “Agape”, 65 Villa St., Elgin, IL 60120. Interment will be in Ecuador at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin, IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1168 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com.