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Mercedes C. Rawdin

Obituary for Mercedes C. Rawdin

January 7, 1925 - November 9, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 92

Mercedes always bounced back and wanted to live life to the fullest.. . .


Mercedes C. Rawdin was born January 7th, 1925. She was the youngest of six children and was born with rheumatic fever which compromised her heart. Mercedes grew up in Panama, Central America, where she studied at Colombo Americano learning English and became an English teacher for several years.

After visiting her father's family in Colombia she went to Bogota where she met Hernando Sabogal, a law student, who would later become her husband. She had five children which included three daughters and two sons. Mercedes and Hernando enjoyed traveling all around Colombia since his job required it.

Mercedes loved reading and she worked for the newspaper, "El Pais" in Cali, Colombia. While she was raising five children Mercedes continued to have heart problems and subsequently had open-heart surgery which was one of the first open heart surgeries performed in Colombia in 1960. After she recovered from surgery her family in the United States felt she should move to America out of concern for her being a single parent at the time.

Mercedes came to America in 1963 locating in San Bernardino, California where she worked at a local hospital and attending night school to obtain her U.S. citizenship. As soon as she was able, she obtained her driver's license. All the while, she was helping her children learn English fluently. Additionally, she would even read the newspaper to them daily.

After her children were grown and she was in her fifties, she bought tickets to go on a tour through Europe. It was at this time that she met Jack Rawdin who wanted to marry her but, they agreed she should go on her tour and he would wait for her.

They were married when she was 50 and he was 52 years of age. After only a couple of years of marriage she needed another open-heart surgery. After a successful surgery and recovery, they drove to Panama from California. This became one of the highlights of their lives and they had many stories to tell. They loved Panama, and remained there for at least ten years. It was in Panama that Mercedes was involved in a serious roll-over car accident in a convertible, on a narrow country road. She sustained a broken neck and was transported from Panama to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Due to this injury, they moved to San Antonio and eventually purchased a house here.
Mercedes enjoyed the saints in the Church in San Antonio and also enjoyed the military reunions and the local military activities for retired and active duty personnel.

She had a love for life and was very social; survived two open heart surgeries; had two strokes and limited use of one hand. Mercedes also lost two sons which was the hardest for her. Mercedes always bounced back and wanted to live life to the fullest. In her sixties she began painting and to her surprise, she was quite good at it. Additionally, she loved bird-watching out of her sky-light from her bedroom.

We saw her faith in the Lord Jesus and we believe it was passed on to us. Since our childhood we remember her calling on the Lord to take her through every situation. Mercedes went to be with her Lord on November 9, 2017. She was preceded in death by Jack Rawdin, her husband of thirty-eight years and her two sons: Hernando Sabogal and Jaime Sabogal. She is survived by her three daughters: Rebeca Salazar, Elizabeth Nickell, and Nora Sims. She also has twenty grandchildren plus several great grandchildren.

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