Women's Activism NYC

Alicia Flores Aristiguieta

1928 - 2018

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My mother was born in Caracas Venezuela on January 28, 1928. I remember clearly her expression when remembering her childhood memories. Those memories were a combination of happy moments, music, folklore and the sudden death of her father when she was 13 years old. The death of her father forced her family to take drastic measures. My mother entered the workforce at age 14 as an apprentice at a trouser factory. Despite having to deal with her new reality, my mother found happiness and hope in other activities. She learned how to make paper and fabric flowers, developed a taste for cooking and learn how to embroider nightgowns. She also became a fan of movie idols and the music starts of her day. The following names come to mind Daniel Santos, La Sonora Matancera, Lucho Gatica and the Argentinian tango singer Carlos Gardel. When my mother was 18 years old, she met my father Raul Flores at a carnival party in Caracas to celebrate the Carnivals of 1946. From that date until her death in 2018, they stayed together, during hard and good times. I want readers to know that my mother was a very smart woman, with a huge personality and a big heart. I remember growing up observing my mother helping neighbors, friends and family members. She was the soul of the party, the force bonding our family and a big advocate for improving the living conditions of her community. She left this world quietly on April 19/ 2018 at 9 p.m. My father Raul, her daughter Drucila and her sons Heriberto, Raul and Rafael will always remember her saying Pa Lante !

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