Maria Natividad Dominguez
December 24, 1923 – September 28, 2019
Maria Dominguez, a affectionally known as Momi, Moma Minguez or Nati was born to the late Luiz Sanchez & Conceycion Dominguez on December 24,1923 in La Esperanza, Honduras.
Her family consisted of father, mother, older sister Ostakia, older brother Lazaro and twin siblings Lucio & Lucia.
Maria's childhood life story begins with sadness, sorrow, poverty and loneliness. Her family lived very poorly in the mountain region of La Esperanza with no electricity, no running water, lack of food and other necessities. At an early age she did not enjoy the loneliness and the isolation of the mountains. She felt she needed to get away from her living circumstances. One less mouth to feed would help her parents with their extreme poverty.
She decided to run away from the mountain top to the village below where she could hustle. There she took odd jobs such as running errands, cleaning houses, and making food deliveries. The first couple of times she ran away from home the authorities would return her to her parents, but after so many attempts the authorities just gave up.
While living and-working in town, she was summoned to return home due to the passing of her mother. Customary and respectfully she mourned her mother for forty days. After the forty days of mourning, she talked to her brother (Lazaro) into taking her along on his trip to the capital, Tegucigalpa. with a broken heart and tears in her eyes she bid her goodbyes to her father, sister and the twins never to hear or see them again in her lifetime.
With her belief and determination that life had to be better than the one she was living. Maria and her brother started a long journey of walking 118 or more miles to Tegucigalpa. Walking with no shoes and her meager belongings, they would sleep on the roadside against tree stumps and purchase food from roadside vendors.
Finally, after four days of traveling they arrived in Tegucigalpa. Here they parted ways said their goodbyes and never saw each other again. She carried her entire family in her heart, mind and soul until the last day. So many times, in her lifetime she would break down thinking about her dear mother and the rest of her family. Eventually she settled in Tegucigalpa, where she gave birth to her first son Richard Dominguez. Atfterwards, life's road took her to Choloma /Puerto Cortez where she gave birth to seven more children. Two of which passed away to childhood disease at an early age.
Maria was not an educated woman but her strong character, her dreams and her determination did not stop her from providing and wanting a better life for her remaining six children.
Maria was a short, hot firecracker of a lady. Fierce, brave, hot tempered, hard worker, good friend, loyal-for life lovable mother andgrandmother. You can even say she was smart (considering she was not educated). But above all she was determined and devoted herself into finding a way to give her children and all of her future generation a better life.
Some years later, Maria's oldest son, Richard left Honduras and was the first family member to live in the U.S. In 1966 with the support of Richard and an attorney friend Maria prepared herself for a big journey to the US. She submitted legal documentation for a Visa and in 1967 Maria along with her youngest daughter received their Visa with permanent residence into the US. June of 1967, Maria boarded a plane headed to New Orleans, LA leaving behind her 4 oldest children.
While living in New Orleans, she worked as a babysitter and housekeeper. She did not spend her hard-earned money on herself but sent her earnings home to continue supporting her children she left behind. While away she started the process of submitting legal documentation for her remaining children. In 1,968 her 4 children all boarded a plane with a visa of permanent residence to be reunited with their mother in New Orleans.
You just heard only pieces of Maria's struggles, sweat, tears, poverty, good times, bad times and the pain of losing her family. But in spite of her struggles, pain and agony she always gave God praises for loving her and giving her a legacy to be passed down to all-future generations.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories and to carry on her legacy; her three sons, Richard; Victor and Israel, her three daughters Theresa, Margarita and Gloria. thirteen grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and a host of friends and all the children that came into her life and home.
- Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Maria Natividad Dominguez
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