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Grandma Beatriz Arellano Valdez

My grandma, Beatriz Arellano Valdez was my father’s mother. She was born March 6, 1896 in Costilla, New Mexico, to Luciano Arellano and Margarita Manuelita Mondragon. She was the second oldest of six children. My grandma “B” as we affectionately knew her, died when I was an eighth- grader, on Christmas Eve 1961. I recall that it was a sad and sorrowful Christmas Holiday for our family. To see my dad (my hero), cry through the holi