Friday, May 10, 2013

My Mom: Maggie Torres Lujan

By Ed Lujan

My mother Margaret, also known as Maggie Torres, was born on April 8, 1917 in Socorro, New Mexico. She was the youngest daughter of Ignacio and Andreita. My mother had always told us that she and her family were very close. She grew up in Socorro, and in 1934 at the age of 17 she would marry  Atanacio Lujan.

In 1941 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many families including the Torres and Lujan families would move to San Francisco, where they would work in the factories, They would make between $30 and $50 a week. My mom and dad went to work at the Richmond shipyards, where my mom worked as a shipyard welder -- also known as a "Rosie the Riveter.” 
 My mother gave birth to three sons in Socorro and two sons in San Francisco,
My mother told us of her and her brothers and her mom and dad, "Papa Nacchio,” living in San Francisco. I was told that my grandfather worked for San Francisco's parks and recreation department. Parts of the Torres family would move back to New Mexico while my mother and father stayed in San Francisco for a little longer . In 1959, we also moved back to New Mexico. My mother and father went to work for the Albuquerque school district, leaving their oldest son Tony in San Francisco. Son Paul made a career in the Air Force and now lives in Santa Fe.
During the Vietnam conflict, her sons my self (Eddie) now living in Los Angles Calif.   Jimmy, and Danny both now living in Albuquerque would join the military service and serve in Vietnam and with Paul in the Air Force, she was stressed to no end. I recall my mother working for one of the schools in Albuquerque in the cafeteria as a cook also as a school bus driver. I remember my mother would give away anything she had. She was always a happy person, loved gossip, and always spoke well of others. My mother was loved by everyone. Around 1975, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. She lived to the age of 81.


  1. Uncle Eddie, thank you so much for this! I.can't wait to share this with my kids. Love, Lisa

  2. I enjoyed reading this so much. I've heard bits and pieces of the information but seeing it all in one writing helps. Thanks!