R.I.P Amanda Ros, Mother of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Amanda Adato was born in Cuba to Jewish parents who had immigrated from Turkey. At the age of 19 she married Enrique Ros, a catholic. Though Ros-Lehtinen notes that some felt the marriage wouldn't last because of their mixed faiths the union lasted 65 years up until her death.
"My mother always had a clever Cuban saying for every situation and I was astounded that she could remember so many at the appropriate time."
Enrique Ros is a noted anti-Castro activist and author.
Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, but immigrated with her parents to Miami in her youth.
Ros-Lehtinen normally attends the State of the Union address and is known for hunting out an aisle seat, but this year stayed in Miami to care for her ailing mother. Though she did deliver the Republican response to the Speech in Spanish from a Miami studio.
The family is requesting that donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, Southeast Florida Chapter, P.O. Box 22594, West Palm Beach, FL 33416 in lieu of Flowers.
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