Dr. Graciella Blanco, died after a brief illness on January 1, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. She was born in Jovellanos, Matanzas, Cuba on February 18, 1916. She was the fourth child, and only daughter of Severo Garcia Miranda from Asturias, Spain and Mariana Romeu Yanes from Jovellanos, Cuba. She was preceded in death by her brothers Dr. Jose Severo Garcia Romeu, Antonio Maria Garcia Romeu, and Dr. Delio Severino Garcia Romeu and their spouses. On August 2, 1946, she married Dr. Victorino Segundo Blanco Martinez from Colon, Matanzas, Cuba. He preceded her in death in 1985.
Survivors include the eldest son, Victor Severo Blanco of Matagorda, Texas, his fiancé, Karen B. Foehse as well as Diane Keith Blanco, mother of their children, Victor Keith Blanco, spouse Jennifer Elizabeth Blanco, great grandchildren Austin and Sydney, and Julie Blanco Hahn, spouse Steven Carl Hahn, grandchildren Hudson, Landon, and Colin. She is also survived by her son, Dr. Jorge Desiderio Blanco of Dallas, Texas and spouse, Teresa Ankewich Blanco, as well as their children, Dr. Valerie Marie Blanco, spouse, Dr. Isaac Alexander Bowman and daughter, Vivian, and Jay Matthew Blanco.
Graciella graduated from the “Escuela Normal para Maestros de la Habana” on the 4th of June 1938. She also received a “Doctor en Pedagogia” degree (Doctor of Education) from “La Universidad de la Habana” on November 20, 1945. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Madruga, Cuba to which she commuted on her trusty horse “Colon”. Very quickly, she rose to teach in the capital city of La Habana, and eventually to become a middle school principal in La Habana. She loved teaching.
On August 16, 1961, she sent her two young children, Victor and Jorge, to Miami to avoid the Communist regime, and she and her husband followed on December 14, 1961. In the U.S., they initially settled in Cullman, Alabama where she began teaching high school Spanish. In 1964, they moved to Mobile, Alabama where she taught Spanish language and literature at The University of South Alabama . She retired from the university in 1980, but she eventually returned to teaching Spanish at Lone Star College-Kingwood while in her 80’s. Her students in the Continuing Education program were so devoted; many attended her classes for nine or more semesters.
She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife and mother who loved her family, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren dearly. She was an inspiration and role model to all who met her because of her intelligence, fairness, humor, strong will, and fierce independence.
She lives on in the legacy of love and family she leaves behind. Memorial donations may be sent to: “The Graciella G. Blanco Scholarship Fund” in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at the University of South Alabama 322 HUMB, 5991 USA Drive, N Mobile, AL 36688, or The Dr. Graciella G. Blanco Endowment at the Lone Star College Foundation, 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.