Sister missionary serving in Honduras dies from complications related to leukemia

The 20-year-old full-time missionary died in a hospital as doctors began emergency treatment

A full-time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Honduras died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, April 11.

Sister Maria Jose Chavez Garcia, 20, of Cuilapa, Guatemala, began feeling ill the second week of April and was admitted to the hospital where she was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors began emergency treatment, but she suffered complications and passed away, according to Church spokesperson Sam Penrod in a statement published on

Sister Chavez had been serving in the Honduras San Pedro Sula West Mission since August 2022.

“We send our love and prayers to Sister Chavez’s family and the missionaries of the Honduras San Pedro Sula West Mission as we remember her faithful service,” Penrod said. “We pray they will each feel the love of the Savior during this difficult time.”

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