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Artemia Silvera

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Silvera, Artemia Benitez
passed away on November 21, 2012. She was born October 20, 1922 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Artemia spent her youth in Puerto Rico before migrating to New York City in 1946. Once coming to America she spent the next 40 years traveling and living throughout the country living primarily in Chicago and Seattle. Many of those years were spent in Seattle where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Washington. Artemia loved and was inspired by salsa music. She dedicated her life to spreading the sound by sponsoring local bands and deejaying at local public radio stations. Many tuned in on Sunday afternoons to hear, "Seattle Esquina Salsa" where she played music from Latin America. In addition to promoting salsa music she trained and choreographed young dancers for her very own salsa dance troupe. Artemia's passion was not limited to just the arts. She and her husband Jose Silvera, published "La Voz," a Spanish language political action weekly in Chicago and Seattle. Artemia's passion for life, vibrancy, charisma and fighting spirit defined who she was and the legacy she has left with her family. Artemia was preceded in death by her husband Jose Silvera, her parents Maria Louisa Berty and Alejandrino Benitez, her son Luis M. Rivera. She is survived by daughters, Usmelly (Jack Jr.) Day and Ruth V. Rivera; grandchildren Jack Day III, Michele Wrice-Mills, Brian K. Day, Todd Weeks, Monica Milton, Lisa McCray Cannon and Essentia Rivera; sister Margarita Ayala Brown; 12 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. "Su vida fue el ritmo, sus obras la canción"

Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 28, 2012
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