Carmen Olga Canete Permuy, 1940s Cuba before CastroCarmen Olga Canete Permuy
Female View treeBorn: 1932-05-12 Died: 2009-08-03
Father: Raul Buenaventura Canete Gomez Mother: Carmen Paz de la Caridad Lamelas Muniz
Children: Maria de Lourdes Permuy , Guadalupe Permuy
Siblings: Raul Ignacio Canete
Spouse: Benito Luis Permuy Marin

Carmen was born in Cuba, Carmen Olga Canete Lamelas.

She married Benito Luis Permuy Marin and had 3 children with him in Cuba.

Carmen and Benito Permuy, Newlyweds in Cuba, November 16, 1948. 1940s Cuba

Carmen and Benito Permuy, Newlyweds in Cuba, November 16, 1948.

See pictures of Carmen Permuy in Cuba.

They immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1962, shortly after Castro took over Cuba.

Carmen Olga Permuy emigrated to Hialeah, Florida in 1962 after Castro confiscated Benito Permuy’s coffee mills and all assets in Cuba. Benito Permuy was a political prisoner in Cuba for several months, during which time Carmen Permuy, her 3 kids, and her parents took a plane to Miami. Benito followed some time later and quickly settled with his family into a routine life in Hialeah/Miami, Florida. Carmen’s daughter, Maria Permuy (Veras/Herrera) recalls that nobody spoke Spanish in Miami/Hialeah when they arrived in the early 1960s; there were no other Hispanics yet. Maria recalls being proud to learn English, and proud to be part of the U.S.A.

See pictures of their new life in Hialeah/Miami, Florida, 1960s.

See pictures of Carmen Permuy and family in the 1970s.

Carmen Permuy devoted the last 2 decades of her life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The birth of Anthony Norman Azcuy in 1997 made her a great-grandmother. Carmen left behind 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Since Carmen Permuy has passed, we have welcomed several more of her great-grandchildren.

Carmen died in Miami, Florida.

Epitaphs for Carmen Olga Permuy

Dios Vio

Dios su cuerpo vio cansado, que intensamente sufría.
Por eso le llamo a su lado, puesto que cura no había.
Con lágrimas de doliente, mucho hubimos de llorar.
Nuestro amor fue insuficiente, para obligarle a quedar.
Un corazón de oro puro, ha dejado de latir.
Es por ello bien seguro, que nunca debió partir.
Con sus manos fue capaz, de emprender dura faena.
Hoy ya descansan en paz, aunque mucho nos apena.
Dios nos prueba en el dolor, con toda sabiduría.
Que el escoge lo mejor, para hacerle compañía.

God Saw

God saw you getting tired, And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you, and whispered, “Come to me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

In Memory of Carmen

by Fatima Veras, Silvio Veras’s Sister (hermana de Silvio Veras, cuñada de Maria Lourdes)

“Why do we have to wait for a person die to say what a marvelous person they were? I guess it’s Human nature.

Doña Carmen was really a nice and beautiful person. You didn’t have to know her intimately to know that, with only listening to her you knew what kind of person she was. I liked her a lot.

I had graceful moments with Doña Carmen since I was a teenager and the picture at the Alcazar de Colon in DR shows part of what we shared. (That nice yellow checks outfit that I wore that day belonged to la bella Lupe. She gave it to me.) The Alcazar de Colon was my favorite place to go for sightseeing and I brought her there.

The way I knew her was seeing a gracious lady smiling, making jokes, telling the truth right to your face whether or not you like it, and I guess those details made her unique to me.
Even with the dead she made jokes like: “It must be good to pass away since nobody has come back” or “A dead person can now walk on Gold streets and Crystal rivers.”

In my heart I know I love her, but I never told her or never expressed it to her even though I had the opportunity to do so.

Now she is not sharing this world with us, now she belongs to the world of the spirits. She is smiling for the whole universe.

“Rest in Peace My Beloved Doña Carmen”

~Fatima Veras, Silvio Veras’s Sister (hermana de Silvio Veras, cuñada de Maria Lourdes)