Life Story for
Madison WI – Adela Contreras, passed away at Agrace Hospice, while in the loving arms of her family on Monday, July 30, 2018. She was Born in Mejicanos, El Salvador on December 1, 1925. Through her 92 years of life she was a role model of love and kindness to all who came into her life.
Adela lost her mom at the young age of 14. In her elderly age, she frequently recalled the pain she experienced with that loss. In the hospital of her home country she had to provide food and treats while her mother was hospitalized; the last morning she arrived with a cup of milk and sweet bread. She vividly remembered the nurse handing back the treats and giving her the news that her mom had passed away at 4:00 am. She left the hospital, to alert her uncle of her mother’s passing. She remembered crying all the way to his small home worried of what she would do now. Her uncle alleviated her fears by taking her and her sister, Margoth under his wing and helping them through their youth years. She was ever grateful, since he had 5 other children he was raising on his own. Family is meant to be together, they are meant to love each other through both happy and hard times; this was grandmother’s belief throughout her lifetime.
Though Adela’s life was never easy, she was a truly persevering woman. She never gave up on herself or all those she loved. She gave birth to 3 children, two daughters Ana Cristina, Elizabeth and youngest son Guillermo. Due to the death of her husband she raised her children with hard work. She often spoke of the many miles she would walk collecting bottles to sell and make ends meet. She made sure her children received the best education she could afford them. In her later adulthood, when difficult times affected her home country she immigrated to the United States and worked hard in a factory in the Chicago area.
Her dedication, role modeled to her children and grandchildren the importance of hard work. Though her formal education only allowed her to reach up to the fourth grade she encouraged all to get the best education they could and to make a difference in life no matter what line of work they chose. She often spoke of dreams she thought about in childhood, being a nurse, a scientist or an engineer. And always smiled saying, “I didn’t become any of these, but my children and grandchildren achieved these dreams for me.” She spoke of herself as a tree and her family members the branches. She thought how far each branch reached and was always amazed when her mind allowed her to recall... “I have a big and beautiful family, I have 3 children.” She would name each child and then each child’s children. With help she would be reminded that she had twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Her smile would brighten and she would say “I have a lot of branches”, then she would giggle and you could see the happiness on her face.
In the late years of her life, Alzheimers- dementia affected her. Her eldest great-granddaughter stated it wisely, “even as her memory faded she never failed to show others how lovely she thought they were. No one was ever able to leave home without a blessing, her telling them how much she loved them and that she was always praying for them.”
Adela’s final days were spent surrounded by loving family giving her the loving words and blessing she so deserved. Her journey on earth is over, now she most definitely is having coffee with milk and lots of sugar and sweet bread with her mother and all the loved ones she missed so greatly in life. She will be missed deeply by each branch of her tree.