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July 06, 2013
I will remember the parts of Yolanda I most enjoyed. She could be funny, irreverant, opinionated and passionate about issues. I was always impressed with the fact that she had pursued a college and graduate education, as well as the Peace Corps after her children were grown. Farewell, Yoli.
July 06, 2013
So sorry for your loss- Your Mom is at peace.
July 06, 2013
Sylvia, Cindy and Billy: my prayers are with each of you Hug on to one another as only siblings can do. Our Lord Jesus Christ Continues to be the Lord of all comfort and peace.
July 06, 2013
An unconventional entry for a thoroughly unconventional woman. This is just about the only space beyond the Tampa Tribune obit left to flesh out a little more and for one last time, the energy that was once Yolanda Padilla Rosas. She was undoubtedly a force of nature. An authenic Havana belle of the 1940s, Yolanda was spoiled, tempestuous and beautiful. She crossed the Gulf straits from a glittering post-war Havana to find a new world in Tampa. Bearing a long cigarette holder in one hand, a letter of introduction to my grandmother in the other, the eldest child of a sugar refinery engineer in Havana, flung her fortunes into a new life, a new man and motherhood in Tampa. She was smart, charming, laughed easily and loved to dance. My father never had a chance. It was often the case when I was a little girl that when people, men and women would stop us and ask either if she was Ava Gardner or related to her. These photos and a few others I will try to post soon, will be of a Yolanda long- forgotten and her times.

Not surprisingly, in her forties my mother decided to complete her high school, and work toward an under gradúate and graduate degrees in anthropology. The by-product of these pursuits took her to different parts of the United States, Mexico, Spain and other parts of Latin America. She saw a lot of it from planes, vans, trains, mule back. She ate, she drank, she danced and made friends and more along the way. Spain may have conquered the New World, but my by then widowed mother returned the compliment and single-handedly “conquered” Andalucia and the Canary Islands in 1982. There are no gentlemen left to recant these stories but the rumors linger. She uprooted herself from Seffner again to join the Peace Corp and served in the Dominican Republic. She counseled battered women and prisoners. From the chaos of her kitchen came the best lasagna, bolice, and flan on this earth. She was mercurial, generous and complicated. And life alongside her was always exciting but not without its own complications and challenges.

She may be gone but she is not extinguished. Various facets of her have rolled into her children to the joy, delight and consternation of their loved ones and friends. Tell Daddy that the sabbatical is over and you are on your way. Sail on Mama. Love, Sylvia
July 05, 2013
Dear Cindy, truly the worst day of your life, to lose your mom. In deepest sympathy.

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