|Birth: ||May 7, 1905|
|Death: ||Feb. 22, 1996|
Antonia Flores was born in Mexico. She lived with her mother, brother and grandmother. Her mother worked in Guadalajara during the week and went home to spend the weekends with her family.
When Antonia was about five years old, she was kidnapped by her aunt and was never to see her family again. Her aunt and uncle moved around frequently, going where ever there was work available and Antonia was made to baby sit her cousins. Antonia was only five, still a baby herself, yet she was left alone to take care of her younger cousins. She remembers crying most of the time because she misses her brother Manuelito, mother and grandmother.
At one time, her aunt was a cook for Pancho Villa and Antonia recalls seeing him riding on a horse surrounded by his soldiers. Antonia remembers doing a lot of walking since Pancho Villa and his soldiers were constantly moving. She recalls the train rides with men riding on top of the trains and underneath them as well.
As she got older, her duties also increased to keeping house and cooking for the family. The family eventually comes to California and runs a boarding house for men.
At the boarding house, there is a man who is friendly with her. He comes into the kitchen and talks with her while she is cooking. Lucio tells her that she works like a slave for her aunt and he eventually asks her to marry him. He was 35 years and she was only 15; they elope, and Antonia finally escapes from her aunt.
Years later, her son takes her to the town where she lived in Mexico as a child, to try to locate her family; but was unable to find them or any information about them.
Upon her death, I believe she is reunited with her love ones, she was forced to leave behind so many years ago.
This is a very short version of my husband's grandmother's life after being kidnapped as a child. Antonia was a remarkable woman, a true Christian. Everyone was always welcomed at her home. Her home was open for anyone who needed a meal or a place to rest their head, or both. God Bless you sweet Antonia.
I hope to get some pictures of Antonia on here soon.
Thank you to Susie
for honoring Antonia and her Memorial by sponsoring her. God Bless you every single day.
Espiridion Beltran (1886 - 1959)*
Lucy Beltran Flores (1924 - 2012)*
Eulalia Beltran Lerichi (1933 - 2014)*
Guadalupe Beltran Perez (1937 - 2006)*
Juan Flores Beltran (1942 - 1976)*
Shafter Memorial Park
Maintained by: RoseN
Originally Created by: Belva
Record added: Jul 05, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7657577