Woman, 107, recognized with Senate motion
By The Star Staff
New Progressive Party Sen. Marissa Jiménez Santoni on Sunday recognized 107-year-old Adela García Cordero as one of the most long-lived people in Puerto Rico.
“At the same time that we are highlighting her as a great mother and lady, in every sense of both words, we find ourselves paying her deserved recognition as one of the oldest females in our beloved District of Carolina and Puerto Rico,” the senator said.
Jiménez Santoni delivered a motion to the honoree in which she highlighted “your invaluable work, which you do with such care, dedication and sacrifices as mother, wife, daughter, grandmother, woman and housewife, among other admirable traits.”
García Cordero was born on Aug. 8, 1915, in Loíza, and was the eldest of three sisters (the others being Nélida and Aníballa). She married Tomás Dávila Cruz, with whom she had 11 children: Germania, Tomás, Luz Eneida, Milagros, Ana Luz, Maritza, Noemí, Samuel, Efraín, Rosa Esther and Saúl.
“Our dear Adela dedicated herself to raising her children with great values and within the ways of the Gospel, where she planted the word of God in their
hearts,” the senator said. “Since 1947 she has persevered through a lifetime in the Church of God in Loíza, holding various positions such as leader in that congregation, secretary, treasurer and evangelism group leader, among others. Her passion for God’s word led her to enroll at the Instituto Bíblico Hispano, where she finished with high honors, as the oldest student.”
“Thanks to her dedication and her commitment to God, several of her children received the call of the Lord and became ministers of the gospel and, likewise, several grandchildren are members of the church,” Jiménez Santoni said. “Adela has been an example for the entire congregation and she has stood out as a woman who loves God above all things and is, above all, a woman of prayer.”