Graciella G. Blanco (1916 - 2018)

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BLANCO, DR. GRACIELLA GAUDENCIA JOSEFA DE LA CARIDAD GARCIA ROMEU DE BLANCO, died after a brief illness on January 1, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. She was born in Jovellanos, Matanzas, Cuba on February 18, 1916. She was the fourth child and only daughter of Severo Garcia Miranda from Asturias, Spain and Mariana Romeu Yanes from Jovellanos, Cuba, both deceased. She was preceded in death by her brothers Dr. Jose Severo Garcia Romeu, Eng. Antonio Maria Garcia Romeu, and Dr. Delio Severino Garcia Romeu and their spouses. On August 2, 1946, she married Dr. Victorino Segundo Blanco Martinez from Colon, Matanzas, Cuba during a vacation in New York City. He preceded her in death in 1985. Survivors include the eldest son Eng. Victor Severo Blanco of Matagorda, Texas, his fianc‚e, Karen B. Foehse as well as Diane Keith Blanco, mother of his children, and grandchildren to the deceased - Victor Keith Blanco (spouse Jennifer Elizabeth Blanco, great grandchildren Austin and Sydney) and Julie Blanco Hahn (spouse Steven Carl Hahn, grandchildren Hudson, Landon, and Colin). She is also survived by the younger sonDr. Jorge Desiderio Blanco of Dallas, Texas and spouse Teresa Ankewich Blanco as well as their children, and grandchildren to the deceased Dr. Valerie Marie Blanco (spouse Dr. Isaac Alexander Bowman and great grandchild, Vivian) and Jay Matthew Blanco. Graciella graduated from the "Escuela Normal para Maestros de la Habana" on the 4th of June 1938. She also received a "Doctor en Pedagogia" degree (Doctor of Education) from "La Universidad de la Habana" on November 20, 1945. She began teaching in a one-room school house in Madruga, Cuba to which she commuted on her trusty horse "Colon" who needed little direction to arrive at the school. Very quickly, she rose to teach in the capital city of La Habana, and eventually to become a Middle School Principal in La Habana. She loved teaching. On August 16, 1961, she sent her two young children (Victor and Jorge) to the USA to avoid the Communist regime, and she and her husband (Victorino) followed on December 14, 1961. In the USA, they initially settled in Cullman, Alabama where she promptly began teaching High School Spanish. She followed her husband in 1964 to Mobile, Alabama where she taught Spanish Language and Literature at The University of South Alabama rising to the rank of Associate Professor. She retired from The University of South Alabama in 1980, but she eventually returned to teaching Spanish at LSC-Kingwood College in Houston, Texas. There are Endowed Scholarships in her name both at LSC-Kingwood College and at The University of South Alabama. The story of her life is filled with wonderful adventures teaching in the countryside; Christmas at her mother's; being lost in "Isla de Pinos" and eating wild guavas; Mother's Day trips to Monte Verde, Mariel; summers in "Alturas de Boca Ciega"; a short trip across the Gulf Stream; trying to discover what to do with the canned peanut butter from "El Refugio"; exploring caves in Northern Alabama; her transformation from a cook of "rice soup" to amazing lasagnas and other wonderful fare; living independently in her own house; and even helping younger residents of her final living facility with their wheelchairs. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother who loved her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly. She was an inspiration and role model to all who met her because of her love, intelligence, fairness, rationality, humor, strong will, and fierce independence. She had one hundred and one years of a life well-lived that all admired and many envied. She lives on in the legacy of love and family she leaves behind. Visitation will be at Caballero Rivero Little Havana Funeral Home 3344 SW 8th Street Miami, FL on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 12:00 Noon to 2:30 PM. Interment will be at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Park North Cemetery 3260 SW 8th Street Miami, FL on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3 PM. Memorial donations may be sent to: "The Graciella G. Blanco Scholarship Fund" In Care of The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature University of South Alabama 322 HUMB, 5991 USA Drive, N Mobile, AL 36688. Or The Dr. Graciella G. Blanco Endowment In Care of Lone Star College Foundation, 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381. Time is too slow for those who wait, Too swift for those who fear, Too long for those who grieve, Too short for those who rejoice, But for those who love, time is Eternity. By Henry Van Dyke
Published in the Miami Herald on Jan. 5, 2018
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