Ernestina Candace de Borba

Ernestina died the day after her eightieth birthday, after being bedridden for two and a half years in her home, as the result of a stroke that incapacitated her. Her two daughters and a night nurse cared for her until her savings were exhausted, and her house had to be sold to continue her care. Her physician recommended a small six patient nursing home, but she was there only one month when she died from another stroke. The hub that held the spokes of the family wheel together was laid to rest in the country cemetery behind the church next to her husband and near her youngest daughter.

Ernestina, as she was known to her American friends, was  known as Mama to her six children, Ernestina to her sister, Tia to her nieces and nephews and  Mrs. Foster to her neighbors and acquaintances. She was always Nana to me.

I was her only granddaughter, until her daughter Rose, and her husband Norvell  adopted Arlene, and her youngest son Manuel and his wife Aileen had Patricia.

About Polly

Born in San Francisco in 1933, married in 1951, moved to Santa Clara County. We had three girls, and then moved to Marin County and had two more children a boy and a girl. in 1986 we moved to Sonoma County.I became a nurse at the age of forty after many years of night school while having children and raising them. I have worked in hospitals, and in Quality Management since I left the hospital setting. I am interested in cataloging my ancestors, quilting, sewing, and reading. I have several dogs and am still working part -time from my home for a non-profit health plan provider. I am a now widowed, all of our children live close by and we get together often. I am busy all the time with many projects. At 78, I feel that there is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to do.
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