Memories of an Amazing Matriarch

Zaneta Encarnacion

Fri April 25, 2014 12:49pm

On Mother’s Day, we collectively pause to celebrate the amazing women we call “mom.” For Otay Ranch resident Ricardo Macedo, this Mother’s Day provides a time to reflect on the legacy of his grandmother Amalia Lopez.  Lopez was the matriarch of Macedo’s immediate and extended family, and passed away on January 7, 2014.
“Grandmother — a wonderful mother with lots of practice.” —author unknown
Growing up, Macedo remembers his grandmother instilling the value and practice that family always comes first.  She modeled the standard of prioritizing family time together for the purpose of creating rich memories.  Macedo remembers a smile and a hug from his grandmother being the only thing needed to turn any difficult situation into a manageable one. 
“My grandmother was a woman who loved unconditionally. She seemed like a delicate woman, thin and soft, someone you wanted to hug.  But she was also one of the strongest women I’ve ever met. You just knew that no matter what happened she could get through it, with a smile on her face, and that you were her top priority at that time,” said Macedo.
Macedo moved to Chula Vista in the Fall of 2009, with his wife Maricela.  They now have a three-year-old daughter Adelina.  His grandmother would tell him that a person who regularly attends church, reads the Bible, and prays will find the greatest joys in life.  These words of advice have guided him and his family as it has grown. 
This Mother’s Day may we be inspired by the legacy of Amalia Lopez; a legacy that lives on through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  And may we approach each day loving unconditionally, with a gentle yet strong spirit, while creating lasting memories in our families and in our community.
Zaneta Encarnacion is director of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation.