Mercedes Guilfoyle is the late mother of Kimberly Guilfoyle, an American television news personality and the former San Francisco prosecutor. Her daughter caught the attention of the mainstream media by becoming an adviser to the 45th president of the US, Donald Trump.
By 2023, Mercedes will no longer be alive in the world. In fact, she said goodbye to the world in the 1980s and it’s been almost half a century since she passed away. Well, what was the reason behind her death?
Read here in this article how Kimberly Guilfoyle’s beloved mother Mercedes died. In addition, we will also explore her personal and professional life details. Let’s start!
Mercedes Guilfoyle Birth Details, Parents & Siblings: What Is Her Ethnicity?
The lawyer’s late mother, Mercedes, was born ‘Mercedes Marie Gerena’ January 22, 1942, in Aguadilla Pueblo, Puerto Rico, USA. She was raised by her parents Ramon Gerena and Juanita Gerena in her hometown.
Similarly, Guilfoyle grew up alongside her five siblings named Augustine Gerina, Juanita Simmons, Elene Acevedo, Ana Weathers and Mary Ortiz.
As for ethnicity, she is Puerto Rican and held American Puerto Rican citizenship.
Career: What did Mercedes Guilfoyle do for a living?
As for her profession, she was a teacher, but not many details about her field of work are available in the media. But once her famous daughter Kimberly mentioned her work while talking about the immigration issue. She said,
My mother, Mercedes, was a special education teacher from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
She taught people who were emotionally and physically disabled.
Mercedes Guilfoyle was married to her husband Anthony Christopher Guilfoyle
Guilfoyle was the wife of Irish-born Anthony Christopher Guilfoyle. About their relationship and marriage, though detailed information is not available in the media, we came to know that the deceased duo first met in the year 1968. After that, the couple dated each other for a while and finally got married.
Mercedes and Anthony welcomed their two little munchkins together as husband and wife. But sadly, just after 12 years of marriage, Mercedes said goodbye to the world, leaving behind her beloved husband Anthony and their beautiful children.
Mercedes’ husband, Anthony, worked as a political consultant in San Francisco
In his later years, Anthony served as a political advisor to the mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsome. Meanwhile, he was heavily involved in politics and was regarded as ‘The Godfather’ in Gavin’s political inner circles.
As an advisor, Mercedes’ late wife ran the political campaign, from feeding campaign workers to controlling their work hours.
As for his active consulting work, his daughter after his passing said,
He was the one who took care of everyone. He was the communicator. He controlled the back channels. He was great when it came to handling field strategy.
She further added,
He was an important advisor to Gavin, talking to him about San Francisco, telling him who to trust and giving him the measure of someone’s integrity.
Her husband, Anthony also served in the military; His other professions
Anthony was an immigrant to the United States. After arriving here, Anthony served in the United States Army for nearly four years. In the US Army he was even promoted to sergeant. He told of his service in the army in an exclusive interview:
“It was a gift to come to the United States. Joining the army was a small way I could give back to this country.”
Before joining the US Army, he worked in construction with his uncle Michael Lynch.
Mercedes Guilfoyle and her husband welcomed two children
From her marriage to her husband, Mercedes became a mother for the first time with the birth of her daughter Kimberly Guilfoyle On 9th of March, 1969. In 2023 she is already 53 years old.
Further, she became the mother of her son for the second time Anthony John Guilfoyle. To date, it is not known in what year Anthony was born. However, we found out that he celebrates his birthday on August 15 every year, thanks to his sister Kimberly’s Facebook. On August 15, 2017, Kimberly wished her little brother a happy birthday on her Facebook.
Happy Birthday to my wonderful brother Anthony, so blessed to have you in my life…mom and dad would be very proud! #metoo #loveyou #babybrother
Seeing this, it can be said that the two siblings are very close to each other.
Guilfoyle’s daughter, Kimberly is a well-known television personality
Her eldest child Kimberly is an accomplished person. Born and raised in San Francisco, she pursued her career in law. Immediately after graduating from law school at the University of San Francisco, Kimberly began her career as an attorney. She worked as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles for four years and then practiced law in the San Francisco district office.
In 2004 she started her TV career as a presenter in the Court TV program, Both sides. In 2006, she joined Fox News and hosted a weekend show The lineupand later co-hosted the afternoon show The five. As a Fox News host, she worked until 2018, after which she left the channel to join America First Policies, a pro-Trump super PAC.
After her membership in America First Policies, she had the opportunity to work as an adviser to the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. In addition to her TV and political career, she has also developed as an author. Her semi-autobiographical book Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate appeared in 2015.
Mercedes daughter’s marriage and relationships; She is also a mother
Her famous daughter Kimberly was first married to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. The two got married December 2001 but after six years of marriage, the couple divorced in February 2006 due to an infidelity issue on Newsom’s part.
In the same year, in October, after separating from her first husband, Kimberly shared vows with her second husband Eric Villency. With Eric, she gave birth to her son Ronan Anthony Villency. After two years in June 2009, the duo went through an amicable divorce.
She is currently with her third partner Donald Trump Jr. The two started their relationship in 2018 and since then their relationship is getting stronger day by day. Kimberly and Trump Jr. are currently engaged to be married to each other. She continues to share moments with her fiancé on her Instagram.
Mercedes Guilfoyle Died of leukemia at age 38
In the run-up to 2023, it will be half a century since she left the living world. Mercedes continued to die November 6, 1980, leaving her family behind at the age of 38. After she passed away, her family went through a lot of pain, which her daughter Kimberly discussed in her book, Make the case.
Furthermore, Kimberly said in an interview that it took her a long time to recover from her mother’s death. In this case she told,
I had to endure, a lot in order to heal, going through her illness – she died of leukemia when I was young – and how it affected our little family.
On the other hand, Mercedes’ beloved husband, Anthony, is also no longer in the world. He died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 72 at the California Pacific Medical Center of Cancer in San Francisco.
Mercedes’ daughter says she was a good person; She worked for a good cause
According to her daughter, Mercedes was a really good person. In the eyes of her children she was a warm & passionate lady. While talking about her childhood, Kimberly once said:
I loved how I saw people react to her (Mercedes). She was a warm woman who worked in education with people with emotional challenges.
During her interview, Kimberly further stated that it was her mother’s good work that helped her regain her sanity. She stated,
I got my sense of giving back and how if you have many blessings pay it forward.
Hence, considering her daughter’s word for Mercedes, it can be said that she was a very good person.
Mercedes Guilfoyle’s daughter, Kimberly, is a millionaire
Her daughter Kimberly is one of TV’s leading political personalities. As of 2023, her net worth is estimated to be a whopping $25 million.