Aida Ortiz Parnes, 73, of Blackshear, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at her residence. 

Born in Baymon, Puerto Rico August 5, 1945, she had lived in Bayside Queens, NY prior to moving to Pierce County 25 years ago. She was a master cosmetologist and was currently working for Gentle Touch Salon in Waycross. She loved gardening and tending to her plants and flowers – lilacs being her favorite. She enjoyed painting, sewing, and watching The Young and the Restless. She had a love for rescued dogs and had four of her own, Diamond, Blue, Ramon, and Lucky.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

She was a daughter of the late Julio and Emilia Ortiz Ortega. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Juanita Rodriguez, Fabiana Ortiz and Justina Ortiz and her only brother, Tibo Ortiz.

Survivors include her two sons and daughter-in-law, Scotty Rivera, Blackshear and John and Cindy Rivera, Weyers Cove, VA; four grandchildren, Ivan C. Rivera, Dannette (Chad) Conley, Andrew Rivera and Brittney Rivera; three great-grandchildren, Annabella Rivera, Olivia Scott Rose Rivera and Zackary Conley; four sisters, Fela Rivera, Manhattan, NY, Icencia Vazquez (her daughter, Flora Betancourt), Queens, NY, Matilde “Pat” Ortiz, Bronx, NY, and Santa “Sam” Ortiz, Brooklyn , NY and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the funeral home.

A funeral mass will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, from the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waycross.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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