Alicia Badia De Caballero
February 12, 1938 – October 7, 2019
Alicia Eulalia Badia De Caballero was born on February 12th 1938 in Cienfuegos, Cuba and raised in Havana. However she was so proud to be a United States Citizen that when people asked her her birthdate she would proudly say February 12th, Lincoln’s Birthday. Mamaly studied Architecture at the University of Havana and was a very proud Alumni of the prestigious Las Dominicas Francesas.
Mamaly had such an amazing character, when I was younger I swore my parents were Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, after all Papa was Cuban like Desi and did kind of look like him. Mamaly with her strawberry blonde hair was just as beautiful and spunky as Lucille Ball with a sense of humor to match.
Mamaly was so kind, compassionate and accommodating always making anyone who crossed her path feel loved and special and important. I remember when while living in West Virginia, there was a huge Filipino community Mamaly learned Tagalog to be able to communicate with them effectively, she welcomed them into her heart and into our home. She was always the first to volunteer, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Classroom Teacher and not only her time Mamaly was so very skilled she would sew costumes and bake as well.
Mamaly always gave the best advise like, always have matching bra and underwear, never wear sweat pants in public unless you’re about to work out. Shoes and purse matching a must, no such thing as over accessorizing and who says sunglasses are only for outside.
Talking about outside, she loved gardening a hobby I think she picked up while living in Athens. Who remembers her beautiful gardenia plant? She loved to read and draw, what an amazing artist she was.
Mamaly loved her family more than anything and wore her heart on her sleeve, but nothing compared to her pollitos. You know who you are, you know how much she loved you. But the love of her life, the one that still in their 80’s could make her laugh, cry, scream and jump for joy all in the same instant was Papa. Mamaly and Papa we’re together for almost 60 years. They faced so many obstacles, fleeing Cuba, living in Mexico, coming to the USA, having to learn and Mastering the English language, battling breast cancer, papa’s leukemia and so many more I can’t even begin to list and still their love grew stronger each day.
Mamaly you are an extraordinary woman we will miss you so much, your pollitos, your Sophia and Yesei, Julian and Rudy, all the hearts that you touch in all the different cities we lived in all your friends from the Dominica’s, your daughters who pray we are at least 1/2 the woman you were we will all miss you.
You will always and forever be in our hearts.
- Alicia Caballero, Daughter
- Anna Trincado, Daughter
- Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
Alicia Badia De Caballero
October 9, 2019