|Birth: ||May 22, 1906|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1971|
Virginia Ramos Aros was the daughter of Juan Ramos and Georgia Aros. She was born in a tiny village in the mountain range between Chamal Nuevo and Ocampo to the west.
She had her first child with Ramón Lucio. Their son was named Ramón Lucio Ramos, taking the paternal surname from his father and the paternal surname from his mother.
In the 1920s she met Childress Webster Belshe. They had five children,
Ruth Belshe - 1928-2009, buried: Edinburg, Tx
Nellie Belshe - 1929-(still living)
Norman Sam Belshe - 1931-1939, buried: Chamal
Wade "Chico" Belshe - 1933-1993, buried: Chamal
Nolen Belshe - 1935-1971, buried: Chamal
They married on or about 12 Jun 1940.
Childress and Virginia essentially adopted Rosalio (nickname: Chalo), who was the son of a contractor/builder who had been hired oversee the construction of the Belshe's cinder-block house. (Rosalio's surnames are not known by the author of this bio.) His current whereabouts is not known, but last reports of his progress in life had him happily married with children.
Virginia was a completely self-taught horticulturist. The 'patio' which surrounded her home was always like a tropical garden. Flowers and plants of all kinds adorned the landscape. Plants called locally tulipans (hibiscus, really) where prominent due to their size and their beautiful, red, pink and yellow flowers.
The fare at the Belshe household was as nutritious as it was delicious. Food-wise the household was a very typical Mexican one, that is, black beans* were served at every meal, as were tortillas, rice, chicken, eggs, etc. Virginia's grand kids remember indulging themselves on dozens of handmade corn tortillas, which were a staple at every meal. ('Handmade' means just that, patted out by hand, dressed edges and dry-fried on a comal.)
* Childress (her husband) often commented "I'm not so poor that I have to eat beans for breakfast." That only meant that he wouldn't eat them for breakfast, it didn't mean that they weren't served.
By today's standards, the family was poor, though not destitute. The thing was that most of the families in the region around Chamal were of the same socio-economic strata. So, by comparison, no one really felt 'poor'.
Virginia, though virtually illiterate, had an innate ability to see a picture of a dress, a skirt, a shirt or other piece of clothing and then by using her wits and a treadle sewing machine create the article of clothing which she'd seen. Her children were not wanting for everyday and special occasion clothing. Shoes, though, were often a premium item.
The Belshe farm produced a large variety of marketable products, which included butter, cream, milk, whey, grains, fruits and vegetables. She ran a cottage industry selling these products to folks in Chamal. When she died, people from the town, to whom she'd extended credit, came by the Belshe home to get a reckoning of what they owed in order to settle up their debt. Childress simply told each of them that he would forgive any debt owed.
Virginia was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer in the 1969-70 time frame. If treatments were administered, they were not effective enough to either improve the quality of or save her life. She died in January of 1971.
Childress died in McAllen, Tx in 1981, and his body was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission (Hidalgo) Texas.
Childress Webster Belshe (1897 - 1980)
Ruth Belshe (1928 - 2009)*
Norman Sam Belshe (1931 - 1939)*
Wade Belshe (1933 - 1993)*
Nolen Belshe (1935 - 1971)*
Created by: Lee Veal
Record added: Nov 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80170319
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