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Fulvia Rosa Mc Bride
December 29, 1936 ~ September 12, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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My mother, Fulvia McBride, was born as Fulvia Chaves Miranda, on December 29th, 1936 in David, Panamá to Generosa Miranda and Secundino Chavez. She one of 11 children of this beautiful couple. She spent the first 10 years of her life in David until her Aunt Mica took her to live in Costa Rica when she was 10 years old. My mother attended the Liceo Vargas Calvo in San José, Costa Rica, which was the first co-ed high school in the country and graduated in 1953. She was a big movie fan and saw her first films at the Sala Garbo theater in San José. She saw the 1956 rerelease King Kong (1933), The Ten Commandments (1956), Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955), The King and I (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and many others. She was also a big fan of pop music. Her favorite singers were Sandro and Sarita Montiel. She worked as a Secretary for the San Juan de Dios Hospital from 1958 until 1978 in San Jose, Costa Riva. She achieved the rank of Head Secretary by 1973. She supervised 30 secretaries and was very meticulous with detail. She was one of the fastest typists her coworkers ever knew. She gave birth to her son, Javier Valverde, in 1975 and he was the love of her life. She was a wonderful mother that full of love and a caring friend. She was a guardian angel to many people. She helped people that had no money for operations get operations for free at the hospital. One remarkable story was that she and a doctor helped a blind woman get her sight restored in the 1960s. My Mom moved Heaven and Earth to get the blind woman be admitted to the hospital and get the operation. The doctors successfully restored the woman's eyesight and she asked to meet my mother. They had met before the operation but she a wanted to see how my Mom looked like. The woman thanked her with all her heart and thought she was a blonde woman. It's one story my Mom told me but out of modesty never told me of the other miracles she did for people at San Juan de Dios Hospital. She did tell me that she did help people that she knew jobs at the hospital. She helped get our Ines Arias and Lorena Quesada get jobs at the hospital and at the Ministry of Transportation.