Mexicali's first lady succumbs to leukemia

May 24, 2001|By ARTURO BOJORQUEZ, Staff Writer

MEXICALI — Mexicali's first lady, María Cristina Ramos de Hermosillo, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday in the family's home in the exclusive neighborhood of Los Pinos here.

She was diagnosed with leukemia in December after she started to feel ill.

She was treated at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she was given chemotherapy.

During the last five months she lived in La Jolla in a family friend's house.

"Macristy," as she was known, was transferred to Mexicali on Tuesday after her condition worsened.

Doctors tried Wednesday night to keep her alive with a defibrillator.

Starting at noon today, funeral services will be at Jardín de la Esperanza on López Mateos Boulevard in Mexicali.

Friday morning there will be a Mass at the city's cathedral and she later will be buried in Jardín de la Esperanza cemetery.


She is survived by Mexicali's mayor, Víctor Hermosillo, and her daughters Ana Isabel, María Cristina and Daria, and her son, Víctor Hermosillo-Ramos.

Calexico Mayor Victor Carrillo said it is a sad time for Mexicali and particularly for the Hermosillo family.

"She was a very nice woman, not only as first lady, but because she was instrumental on human interest causes and concerned about homeless children. She was a very loving mother. It is sad for both Mexicali and Imperial valleys," he said.

Mrs. Hermosillo, 55, became a member of the National Action Party in 1968. In 1975 she ran for city council. In 1986 she was candidate for mayor, and six years later she became councilwoman.

During former Baja California Gov.'s Héctor Terán administration she was administrator of the executive office.

When her husband became mayor, Mrs. Hermosillo became president of the family's Integral Development office in Mexicali.

There she developed programs such as Villa Esperanza, Cahova and Family's Violence Center, all to protect either homeless children, women or migrants.

The family has asked donations in her memory be made to the poor in Mexicali. There will be a bank account set up to make donations for Cahova, which serves young men at risk.

Francisco Rodríguez, international relations director for the city of Mexicali, said, "We will work even harder to complete the projects the Hermosillos have started," he said.

After tomorrow's Mass, there will be a special ceremony at City Hall, but no time had been set at presstime.

Mayor Hermosillo leaves office Nov. 30.

Staff Writer Arturo Bojorquez can be reached at 337-3451.

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