Elena Amparo Alvarez

March 4, 1934July 26, 2018
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Elena passed away July 26, 2018 with loved ones at her side.

Born on March 4, 1934 in Havana, Cuba, Elena moved to Washington D.C. in 1962 where she began a career as a translator and community activist. During most of her life, Elena worked at the World Bank and spent the rest of her time volunteering for multiple homeless advocacy groups. Everywhere she went she demonstrated her self-less attitude of always doing for others . She will be most remembered for her passion of learning about different cultures and languages and her unconditional love and kindness that touched all who knew her. Elena leaves behind a devoted best friend Trinidad Hernandez, numerous cousins, godchildren and very close friends. Visitation will be held Monday, August 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Joseph Gawler’s Sons LLC, 5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Chapel, 3513 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Handicapped parking is located on the corners of 36th and O Streets, NW. You may use the ramp and follow the sidewalk to access the Chapel (elevator available). Internment following the Mass at Rock Creek Cemetery, 201 Allison St NW, Washington, DC 20011. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless 1200 U St., NW #3, Washington, DC 20009 or Bread for the City, 1525 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.


  • Elena Amparo Alvarez Memorial Gathering Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Elena Amparo Alvarez Memorial Mass Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Elena Amparo Alvarez Interment Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Elena Amparo Alvarez

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Maria Foscarinis

November 6, 2018

Dear friends and family of Elena--I was so sad to see the notice of Elena's passing. She was my neighbor at the Willoughby in Friendship Heights and we often chatted about our lives. I remember her as a warm, kind and lively person--always interested in learning new things. When she learned about my work on behalf of homeless people--I founded and direct the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty--she became one of our most steadfast supporters. She was a treasure and I will miss her. I personally and all of us at the Law Center share in your loss and offer our deepest condolences.

Ana Maria Menendez

August 6, 2018

Trini, Mary, Armando, Tini, Elena, Alejandro, Liliana,
I want to express my deepest condolences for the loss of Nina.
I met her in 1978 at her house when she and her mother invited me and my mother to a terrific lunch. In that only day I learned of her expansive heart and soul: I loved her music (La nueva trova cubana), I loved her interest in exploring the world as she was about to embark to visit the Rockies and we even had time to talk about books she loved. She was kind to me even though I was barely 14. She was kind to my mother. She was kind to everyone I know that met her.
I will try to be kinder with all as a way to remember her and keep her spirit alive in this world. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share this part of my life with her.

Beatriz López

August 3, 2018

I met Elena at the World Bank when I lived in the United States. She was my boss there, and I can tell that she was the best boss I have ever had. She was the ideal boss, one that was always available for everybody , helping everybody and defending her employees in the first place. She was also a friend for me and one of the best persons that I have met in my life. I thank God for that. She will be in my heart for ever .
To her relatives, and toTrinidad Hernandez, her best friend, my condolences. All of you were Elena's beloved treasure. God bless you and give you consolation.
From Buenos Aires, I will be beside you on August 6th, through my prayer and my heart.

Luisa Vieites

August 3, 2018

To Elena's family and Trini, her best friend. My condolences. I feel privileged to have had Elena as a friend. May what you represented for Elena be your consolation. She was also privileged to have all of you. Elena was a unique person who will always shine among us. Her abundant loving kindness and care touched everyone who knew her. Elena will be deeply missed and loved.