Damaris Narvaez (1966-2016), 49, dearly beloved wife, dutiful loving Mom of 6, doting Grandmother to 6, peacefully and seamlessly passed away from complications relating to Multiple Sclerosis after many years of struggle, on Thursday January 28, at home and surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 12, 1966 to John and Mercedes (deceased) Cuebas, and raised in the South Bronx. Then, working at a New York law firm, she coyly met her husband Michael and it was true love at first sight! They swiftly married and briefly lived in Puerto Rico, when her husband unsurprisingly was awarded full custody of his previous 4 children. Damaris raised the children as her own, and the words “step” or “half”, never entered the vernacular as two more children were born (Tomas and Michael Jr.) and all 6 were brought up as One! So much so that the it was not until the two youngest children reached the age of almost eight years old, that it was brought up to the younger two, that the first four children were not naturally hers.
She rose up the corporate printing world and inspired Michael to pursue his dream of writing. Michael then wrote theatre plays and adapted one play into a film, whereby Damaris executive produced both his plays Off and Off-Off Broadway in New York City, and the aforementioned film (which addresses the true plight of their beloved Puerto Rico).
Unfortunately diagnosed with MS in late 2000, the family moved to Allentown during the summer of 2005. Tragically by late 2012 the disease firmly took hold. Always with a gleeful smile and a firm grasp of her faith in The Lord, Damaris nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed life to the fullest. For these final four difficult albeit heart-warming years (in that she was always cared for by her family) yet also heart-wrenching years (in that she was slowly fading), she was cared for exclusively at home, by her husband Michael and her wonderful son Tomas (this final year with the professional and caring assistance of the Lehigh Valley Home Hospice) right to the final day.
She is survived by her grieving husband Michael, all of her children; Joseph II, Melissa, Teresa, Ramon, Tomas and Michael Jr., her grandchildren; Gabriela, Jared, Liliana, twins Melody and Nataliya, and Anthony, her Dad John, sister Diana, brothers Felix and John, loving nephews, nieces, various inlaws and cousins.
Cremation services were private and gloriously administered by the John F. Herron Funeral Home in Bethlehem, PA.