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Herminia Egea, aka Herminia dos Santos Aleman Vd. de Egea, died June 30, 2009. She was 94 y/o. She is survived by her only son Dr. Fernando M. Egea, MD; grandchildren, Fernando M. Egea, Jr. of Chicago, his wife Susan Egea, and great grandson Nicolas Egea; Marcela Egea of Overland Park and great grand daughters Hagen Draper-Egea, and Catalina Ruble-Egea; Luis F. Egea of Leawood; and Gabrielle C. Egea of Honolulu. Christine Martin-Egea and Marcelina Egea.
Herminia born in Guia, Canary Islands, December 4, 1914. She was married to Fernando Egea Ramirez, who was the elected Governor delegate to the island of Gran Canaria. He was a member of the PSOE (the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party, the oldest political party in Spain), which is the current ruling elected party that form the Spanish administration, headed by the Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero. Her husband, Fernando, was a defender of the worker, the poor, freedom and democracy. He gave his life defending these values against the Fascism and Nazism of Franco, Hitler and Mussolini. When general Franco revolted against the elected democratic government of Spain in 1936 in Grand Canaria, where he was the delegated Governor; he raised a group of peasants to defend against the revolting military headed by Franco. This military coup developed into a 2 year bloody Spanish Civil War. Obviously they lost and he was apprehended and assassinated by a firing squad August 8, 1936. Today his death is commemorated in the island; a square was named after him, as well as a street and a building. Herminia was sentenced to life in prison for just being his wife; but because she was pregnant, this was reduced to 4 years. Their son was born in prison few months later, spending his first 2 years of life there. Finally, after a life of police persecution and restrictions, the fascist government of Franco allowed them to immigrate to Argentina in 1950, to freedom. She followed her son, who immigrated to USA in 1967, residing in this country since then.
Herminia wanted to be cremated and buried next to her husband in the family plot in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. A large PSOE memorial demonstration is scheduled to take place in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, to pay last respects during her funeral and burial.
We all her family are very proud to have such a mother and grandmother that lost everything during the Spanish Civil War but her faith in life and her dedication to raise her only son, her family; overcoming many bad moments of great sacrifice in accomplishing this mission being a single mother. We all wish her to rest in peace next to her husband.