Senior of the Month 

When we can, let’s all lend a helping hand!

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”   Mark Twain 

Seniors of the Month   

July 2023  ---  Luz Elena Segovia and Liliana Uranga 

Congratulations  Seniors of the Month

Luz Elena Segovia

Luz Elena Segovia was born on April 12, 1940, in a nearby “pueblito” surrounding Chihuahua, Mexico. She met and fell in love with her late husband Luis Segovia in 1980. It was then that they settled in La Union. When she was younger, she worked in El Paso in La Plaza Grocery as a cashier for 20 years.  Luz Elena spent some of her time in Los Angelos, California, where she studied English.  She also worked and saved money to begin a very successful grocery store, a business she owned for 4 years.  While in El Paso, Luz Elena worked near El Segundo Barrio in El Paso. She took a 14-year-old girl under her wing who was going in a wrong direction in life.  She provided the teenager with life experience advice so that she would be successful in her life.  Later when the teenager became a social worker, she then provided advice to young girls just like Luz Elena would give her.  Luz Elena loves living in La Union because she used to enjoy spending time with her girlfriends walking and exercising throughout the town. They would then go to her home to eat, drink coffee, and enjoy each other’s company. Mrs. Segovia helped the children and took them to church to make their first communion and/or confirmation.  She would give them advice to do good in school and in life.  When they grew up, some would seek her to be their “madrina de matrimonio.”  Mrs. Segovia's hobbies were cooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and gardening. 

When I asked Luz Elena what the most valuable lesson was that she has learned in life, she provided me with this most insightful response:

 “Amar a todo el publico y a todo quien se le arrime.” Anyone who needs help, she doesn’t hesitate to help them. That’s what we should all do because it’s the right thing to do.

Advice:  "Life presents you with good fortunes to be happy about, and we should recognize them. Always be proud of what you have accomplished."

Congratulations on being named Senior of the Month of July.  You are a very special person and resident!

Liliana Uranga 

Mrs. Liliana Uranga was born and raised in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  She was born on February 8, 1944.  She has 3 children, Ernesto, Alex, and Liliana.  She worked since she was 15 years old in Monterrey, Mexico. She loved playing and spending time outside; and describes herself as a happy and joyful person. Although she is poor, she has something money can’t buy:   HAPPINESS.

Liliana worked at Boone Transportation as a bus driver for 12 years. She enjoyed working with kids. Her other employment was in Monterrey at the Mexico Phone Company for 8 years as a switchboard operator. Liliana values family life. She doesn’t hesitate to help and embraces the opportunity to lend a helping hand.

If she had to give advice to a young person, she would state several things. Her advice would be that life presents you with good fortunes to be happy about, and we should recognize them. Always be proud of what you have accomplished. Another piece of advice is to aid, support, and encourage your family. When she worked, she would give all her money to her mother.   What makes her happy is she was able to raise her children on her own, and they became successful individuals. Consequently, her children are constantly supporting her. They love her very much. Family is extremely important.  

Mrs. Uranga loves living in La Union because she enjoys the tranquility in town. There is little traffic. All the residents know and support each other. It’s a neighborly town.

Liliana was a community volunteer. She helped the church, neighbors, friends, and children. She frequently donated items for the church and helped with the town “fiestas.”

One person Liliana misses is Charlie Fernandez. She said Charlie was a special resident whom we all loved.