Evelyn  (Santander) Mendez

Obituary of Evelyn Louisa (Santander) Mendez

Evelyn Louisa (Santander) Mendez, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Ardmore, Okla. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Enville, Cemetery with The Reverend Steven Skinner officiating.


Eva was born on July 21, 1977 at Lawton, Okla. to Phyllis Berry and Jorge Santander. Eva attended Ardmore City Schools where she excelled at basketball. She married Ramiro Mendez in 1995 and from this came Ramiro Mendez Jr., Monica Mendez and Elizabeth Mendez and later that marriage ended. Eva was a homemaker for the most of her life devoting herself to her children. She joined in love with Rudy Leija in 2012 and from this relationship came Rudy Leija Jr. and John Johnny Leija.


Eva is survived by her companion, Rudy Leija, five children; Ramiro Mendez Jr., Monica Mendez and Elizabeth Mendez, Rudy Leija Jr. and John Johnny Leija. Two grandchildren; Giovanni Mendez and Abigail Mendez. Mother, Phyllis Berry, three siblings, Michelle Berry, Dustin Dobos, and Crystal Duke. Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.


Visitation will be held from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Griffin ~ Hillcrest Funeral Home.

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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
1610 C St. SE
Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States

Enville Cemetery

2:00 pm
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6027 Smee Lane
Enville, Oklahoma, United States