In Loving Memory of Gabina Reyes, (Gaby) aka “La Morena”. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Gaby, who left us on August 3, 2023, in Orlando, Florida, at the young age of 68. She fought a courageous battle against an extended illness, surrounded by the love and presence of her devoted husband, two beloved sons, and her dear sister.
Gaby was a dedicated wife to her loving husband Arcadio Reyes Sr. of Orlando, Florida; a loving mother to Arcadio Reyes (Junior) of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Gildardo Reyes (Gil) of Sarasota, Florida; a proud grandmother to eight grandchildren: Gabriel, Isabella, Gabriella, Abigail, Mario, Mariella, Ashley, and Angelina; and one great grandchild, Aria. Gaby was also one of 13 siblings of which 3 have preceded her in death.
Born on August 15, 1954, in La Guama, Dominican Republic, to parents, Rafael and Zacarias Ynoa. Gaby’s early years were spent on a small farm in “El Cibao”, alongside her parents and siblings, shaping her values of hard work, family, and community.
In pursuit of the “American Dream” and better opportunities, Gaby Reyes migrated to the United States in the late 70’s initially to settle in the city of New York. However, after a period of 4 years, recognizing the importance of their family’s well-being, safety, and a positive environment; Gaby and Arcadio relocated to the Garden State of New Jersey in the small town of Lakewood, for approximately 15 years. During this time, they welcomed the birth of their second son, Gil.
In her continued quest for the betterment of their family and children, Gaby’s source of strength, inspiration and trust led the Reyes family to relocate once again to a nearby town named, Bricktown. Here she would see her eldest son succeed in High School, University, and become a contributing citizen of his community. Her vision and drive for the betterment of their family continued as she petitioned for her parents and 10 siblings to know the “American Dream”. Through hard work, family members now live the bountiful opportunities available in our country.
In 1993 Gaby, Arcadio Sr. and young son Gil relocated to Florida, and settled in Sunrise Florida. Transitioning from the northern state to a southern state, Gaby and her spouse once again confront with courage the challenges presented; her perseverance and faith never faltered. This move proved to be fruitful as they were able to purchase several properties to house family members, preserving family traditions, connection, and community. While in Florida, Gaby and her husband were able to once again, see the successes of her younger son Gil Reyes, completing High School, and University; becoming a contributing member of society . Gaby’s vision of her sons’ success, family, and careers were a source of great pride and joy, leaving her with a sense of accomplishment as a mother.
In addition to wife and mother, Gaby has been a transformational and instrumental figure in her own and life of others. Gaby held employment from which she retired, she pursued interests and passions that stemmed from early childhood, was a reverent follower of her Catholic faith, and generous in ensuring those she loved were cared for.
Gaby’s family and friends will always remember her as a generous and humble woman who looked out for others or was ready to lend a hand or roof to any person in need. Gaby’s “American Dream” has become a reality for her Dominican Family and for that we are all eternally grateful.
Gaby’s life’s purpose will continue to live on in the lives of her family and friends. Her sons and husband will continue to fulfill one of her last wishes, to establish a foundation for orphaned children in her native land, the Dominican Republic.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society Orlando chapel, 1654 N. Semoran Blvd, Suite 130, Orlando FL 32807.
Gaby will be laid to rest in her native Dominican Republic at Fuente De Luz Memorial Service in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. A private remembrance with close family and friends will be held at a later date in Florida. The family would like to thank her best friend of 45 years Nelba Antuna and sister Maria (Primitiva) Ynoa for always being there for Gaby and us during her time of need, doctors’ appointments, hospital visits, keeping us updated, working on her home.
In lieu of flowers, the Family would prefer those funds go to the less fortunate children of the Dominican Republic in honor of Gabina Reyes (See family members for additional details) or the Dominican Law Enforcement Officers of Florida, a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies and resources to the kids of Dominican Republic.
The Orlando Chapel of the Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society is honored to care for Mrs. Reyes and her family at this time. Those wishing to share a memory or light a virtual candle in her memory are encouraged to do so on her memorial page.