Norma Lucia Barrera

Barrera, Norma Lucia LA JOLLA -- Norma Lucia Barrera died in La Jolla on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The cause was complications following successful knee surgery. She was 70 years old. Born in Colombia on October 26, 1942, she was the youngest of 12 children. She married Jorge Barrera in 1965 and their adventure began. They moved to the small town of Puerto Carreno, and spent some of her happiest years by the Orinoco River. Life beckoned her to the United States, with a young son, Hugo, in tow to join her husband who had started medical residency. Soon, a daughter, Brenda arrived and completed the family. Chicago came next, where she learned how to pilot an airplane, not wanting her husband to have all the fun. California soon followed, as did a life-long love of sailing, although she was afraid of water. Her joys only multiplied with the birth of successive grand- children: Nicolas, Logan, Paolo, Talia, and Sasha, whose hearts long for their Nana but whose lives have been made so much richer with her love. Norma was raised to be afraid, but this only strengthened her desire to try everything. Despite her arthritis, she learned to play the violin and thoroughly enjoyed playing with her class- mates and teachers. She and Jorge became world travelers, placing a dot on a map of all the countries they visited throughout the years, numbering 35; India was to be next. Life was always asking her to quiet down, so she just got louder. The silence around those she touched will be deafening. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 48 years, Jorge, her children, Hugo (Susan) and Brenda (Mark), and grand- children: Nicolas, Paolo, Logan, Talia, and Sasha. Services will be at All Hallows Catholic Church on April 30th at 1:30 p.m.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 30, 2013