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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Reprint: Andreita T. de Torres Obituary

This obituary has previously been published online, but here it is again on the 87th anniversary of the death of our matriarch Andrea (Trujillo) Torres, who died Aug. 17, 1926. The obituary was on the front page of El Defensor del Pueblo – on the next-to-the righthand column. Mama Andreita was a well-known member of the community of Socorro. She was a midwife and nurse to an untold number of families, although the obituary is rather vague and flowery.

This poor copy of the newspaper page comes from a microfilm collection from the University of California, Berkeley. The library has many editions – certainly not all – of the Socorro, N.M., newspaper from 1913 to 1930. (The newspaper was published from 1904-1950). The obituary is reprinted below in English and the original Spanish.


Mrs. Andreita T. de Torres
Died Tuesday in her
residence in this city

Mrs. Andreita T. de Torres, wife of  Don Crispin Torres, who was prostrate after a short illness, gave her soul to the Great Creator of the Universe Tuesday – August 17 – at 6 in the afternoon in her residence in this city aided by the sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church of which she was a devoted  member.
Mrs. Andreita was born the 8th of November 1853, her parents being  Mr. José Trujillo and Doloritas Marquez (both happily remembered) in this community. At the time of her death, she was 72 years, 9 months and 9 days of  age. In 1868,(sic) she married Mr. Crispin Torres with whom she lived an amiable, faithful and contented life for 58 years of her married life, from which 4 sons survive: Apolonio, Ignacio, José y Rogerio Torres, three daughters, Mrs. Domitila T. de Sanchez, widow of Dn. Moises Sanchez, Lola T. de  Stapleton, wife of Dn. Vivian Stapleton y Lupe T. de Olguin, wife of Dn. Tomás Olguin, 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, also surviving is her husband  Dn. Crispin Torres, a brother Rogerio Trujillo, a sister-in-law, Isabelita P. de  Torres, four daughters-in-law, a large number of nieces and nephews and relatives immersed in deep sorrow.
Mrs. Andreita was an obedient and model daughter, and a faithful and constant wife, a tender and caring mother and grandmother, a neighbor and fellow citizen, who with detachment and love, with the intelligence of which she was gifted, served all who frequently sought help from her and she earned the caring of all those who knew her.
The funeral was carried out Wedneday at 2:30 p.m. beginning at the house of  mourning, continuing the funeral procession to San Miguel and from there to the Catholic cemetery where before closing the grave our editor, nephew of the grieving husband, after manifesting thanks to the well-attended gathering and recital of the biography of the deceased in sorrowful phrases, presented Dn. Jose Anastacio Torres, who with his accustomed oratory discoursed praises in emotional formal address.
The newspaper sends from the fervent heart of the editor the most deep condolences to his uncle, cousins and relatives imploring that soon the Almighty will cover with a cloak their consolation.

DECLARATION OF GRATITUDE
We give thanks through these columns to all who accompanied us during the sickness, the wake and funeral of our beloved wife and mother.
Crispin Torres and sons

 

Sra. Andreita T. de Torres

Falleció El Mártes En Su

Residencia de Este Ciudad


Sra. Andreita T. de Torres, esposa de Don Crispin Torres después de una emfermedad que la tuvo postrada poco tiempo entregó el alma al Creador del Universo el mártes – Agosto 17 – a las 6 de la tarde en su residencia en esta cuidad auxiliada por los sacramentos de la Santa Iglesia Católica de la que era miembro devoto.
Sra. Andreita nació el día 8 de Noviembre 1853, siendo los padres Sr. José Trujillo y Doloritas Marquez (ambos de feliz memoria) en esta comunidad. Al tiempo de su muerte tenía 72 años, 9 meses y 9 días de edad. En 1868, se casó con Sr. Crispin Torres con quien vivió una vida amable, fiel y contentamente los 58 años de su vida conyugal de cuyó matrimonio le sobreviven 4 hijos: Apolonio, Ignacio, José y Rogerio Torres, tres hijas, Sra. Domitila T. de Sanchez, Vda. de Dn. Moises Sanchez, Lola T. de Stapleton, esposa de Dn. Vivian Stapleton y Lupe T. de Olguin, esposa de Dn. Tomas Olguin, 24 nietos, 11 viznietos, también sobrevive su esposo Dn. Crispin Torres, un hermano, Rogerio Trujillo, una cuñada, Isabelita P. de Torres, cuatro nueras, un gran número de sobrinos y parientes sumidos en el más acerbo dolor.
Sra. Andreita, fue una hija obediente y modelo, y una esposa fiel y constante, una madre y abuela tierna y cariñoso, una vecina y prójimo, que con desapego y amor con su inteligensia, de la que fue dotada, sirvió a todos los que frecuentemente, recurririan a ella y se grangeó el cariño de todos los que la conocieron.
El funeral se verificó el miércoles a las 2:30 p.m. empezando de la casa del luto siguió un cortejo funebre a la iglesia de San Miguel y de allí al panteón católico donde antes de cubrir la fosa nuestro editor, sobrino de la afligi esposo, después de manifestar las gracias al concurridisimo acompañamiento y recitar la biografía de la extinta in patéticas frases, presentó a Dn. Jose Anastacio Torres quien con su acosturbrada oratorio desertó el panegirico en emocionante alocución. Esta redacción manda desde lo mas ferviente corozón de su editor de familiares el más profundo pésame a su tio, primos y familiares implorando que pronto el Todopoderoso les cubra con el manto del consuelo.
GRATO MANIFESTO
Damos las gracias por medio de estas columnas a todos lo que no acompañaron durante la enfermedad, velorio y funeral de nuestra querida esposa y madre.
CRISPIN TORRES E HIJOS
El Defensor del Pueblo, Aug. 20, 1926. Page  1

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