Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's mother and family matriarch, Amanda Ros, died early Friday from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Ros-Lehtinen had missed the State of the Union and a committee meeting this week to stay in Miami with her mom.
"My mother made a friend of everyone she met," Ros-Lehtinen said. "She had a wonderfully positive personality and lived life to the fullest. She was the glue that held our family together. My brother and I had a special bond with her because she made us the center of her universe.
"My greatest aspiration has not been to be a Member of Congress or the Chairman of an important Committee but to be the type of loving mother to my children that she was to me. She was my father's soul mate and they had a beautiful marriage of 65 years. When she married my Dad at 19, some thought the marriage would not last because she was Jewish and my father was Catholic. She converted to Catholicism but taught me to be proud of my Jewish roots.
"My mother always had a clever Cuban saying for every situation and I was astounded that she could remember so many at the appropriate time. My mom worked hard for a free Cuba and it saddens me deeply that she never got the opportunity to see her native homeland bathed in liberty and democracy."
Ros-Lehtinen's father, Enrique Ros: "For 65 years, Amanda and I have experienced a wonderful journey together. We raised two children who have families of their own, we operated a successful small family business, and we participated in many projects to help bring democracy to our dear Cuba. I couldn't have asked God for a more perfect companion. She brought out the best in me and in so many who were blessed to be her friends. Amanda had always been an advocate of organ donation and perhaps she can help others by assuring that we donate her organs. Our family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, caregivers and friends who have demonstrated their support and love during this very painful time in our lives. Although my sorrow is great and deep, I am comforted in knowing that she will be in a peaceful place with our Creator. May all one day know a love as strong as ours."
Ileana & Dexter: "Our family is in pain and deep sorrow now but we know that she is in a better place and is with the Lord at her side. Suffering from Alzheimer's, the last years were very difficult. We will appreciate it that In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in the name of Amanda Ros to ‘The Alzheimer's Association of South Florida.'
Services will be held this Saturday, January 29th from 12 pm Noon until midnight at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Homes, located at 8200 S.W. 40 Street (Bird Road), Miami. The phone number there is (305)-227-3344. A Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, January 30th at 2:00 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church, located at 226 SW 17 Avenue, Miami, with the phone number there listed as 305-643-1256
Donations in the name of Amanda Ros, can be mailed to the address below, or to donate please visit: www.alz.org/sefl
Southeast Florida Chapter
P.O. Box 22594
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416