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Nelly Gonzalez Zapata
Viewing: December 12, 2017 (Tuesday) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: December 13, 2017 (Wednesday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD


Nelly Gonzalez Zapata, 80, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, passed away peacefully at home on December 9, 2017, surrounded by her family.  


Nelly was born on October 29, 1937 in Chinchina, Colombia, the seventh of nine children. Before moving to Maryland in 1971, she earned a degree in interior design. 


She was intensely devoted to her family and was happiest when spending time with her children, granddaughters, and great-grandsons.  Each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was blessed enough to experience her love and nurturing care on a daily basis during their formative years. She played an active role in each of their lives, and will always be remembered for the unflagging energy, zeal, and humor she shared until her final days of life.  A devout Catholic and long-time congregant of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, she valued giving back to her community by volunteering at local soup kitchens.


Nelly is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jose Numar Zapata, and her children, Juan Carlos Zapata and Monica Zapata. She is the beloved grandmother of Jessica Parrish (Ned), and Taylor Dawson; and cherished great-grandmother of Teddy (4 years) and Leonardo Parrish (1 year). Nelly was predeceased by her daughter, Victoria Zapata. 


Friends and family are invited to a memorial visitation on Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD.  A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, December 13, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD, with inurnment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/give.html or by mail at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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