On Sunday, December 8, 1940 a beautiful human being was born into this world. She was born at 51 Condado Street Ponce, Puerto Rico, in the house of our uncle Manuel Acevedo. Around the age of ten she moved to Residencial Portugues with her parents and two siblings at the time, Francisco Tarrio Jr and Jenny Tarrio. Soon after, the family grew and three more siblings were born; Miguel, Alberto, and Jesus Tarrio.
Carmen did not have a typical childhood. At a young age she helped raise her brothers and sister, made money for her family working as a seamstress, a job that she dedicated lots of time to and had a great passion for, aside from also keeping up with her studies while she attended Ramiro Colon Elementary School. Even through it all she managed to graduate from Ponce High school.
She took a huge step in life coming to Los Angeles, California when she was eighteen yrs old to live with her aunt Celestina. It was here in CA that she became a member of Temple City Seventh Day of Adventist Church. Cupid struck his arrow and at the age of twenty-three when she met her beloved husband Eliezer Rodriguez. Soon after getting happily married she gave birth to her only two children….. Ricardo and Roberto. Carmen was not just a housewife, in addition she took on various occupations to help support and raise her children. Carmen and her family became members of Hawthorne Seventh Day of Adventist Church, where she made it a priority to instill Christian values.
Carmen and Eli both were leaders of the Pathfinders, they not only taught their children but other youth as well; cultural, social, and religious education.
Carmen had a heart of gold, her smile was uplifting and her compassion to serve others was witnessed throughout her life…her caring and nurturing spirit and the love she had for her siblings was shown yet again when she stood front and center to help her sister Jenny raise her daughter Marisa after the tragic loss of her husband.
Carmen was a wonderful , wife, mother, aunt, friend, and teacher. She had so much courage, strength, and optimism… she was a rock and foundation to us all. Even in ones worst moments she always found ways to uplift a person’s spirit. She was a kind and humble woman, who always put other’s needs above her own.
We will never forget the impact she has had on our lives and we are grateful and honored to celebrate her legacy . She will be forever missed… her spirit will continue to live with us and she will always be remembered.
Carmen is survived by her husband Eliezer and her sons Roberto and Ricardo.