Season for Caring 2015 recipient Cordelia Flores dies

Gerónimo Flores, 71, and his wife Cordelia, 73, play with their grandson, Neamiah, 3, in their home, which they have lived in for more than 40 years. Rising taxes and health concern make it hard to stay in the home.  Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Gerónimo Flores and his wife Cordelia play with their grandson, Neamiah, in their home last year.
Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

On a day when we reported the loss of 2016 Season for Caring recipient Rosalba Martínez-López to cancer this morning, we found out about the loss of 2015 Season for Caring recipient Cordelia Flores on Wednesday. Flores was 74.

Flores’ daughter Crystal Flores messaged us the news. We ran an update story in November about all the Season for Caring 2015 families and knew that Cordelia Flores was not doing well.

At the time, she had been in a nursing home after breaking her hip in July and becoming physically weaker. Cordelia Flores was in stage IV renal failure because of uncontrolled diabetes when last year’s Season for Caring program began.

She told us in fall 2015 that her health was frustrating for her because she had always been a hard worker and always cared for others.
“There is nothing like a house full of children,” she told us wistfully, remembering those busy, happy days when she felt needed. She used to get up at 5 a.m. every day to make tortillas.

Statesman Season for Caring features the stories of 12 families each year and fulfills their wishes. Additional donations go to help more families through the local nonprofits that nominated the featured families. The Flores family was nominated by Meals on Wheels.

Crystal Flores said her family is taking it day by day, “but knowing she isn’t suffering, makes us happy.” Her father, Gerónimo Flores, 72, she said, “is holding up the best that he can. They were married 53 years, so it will be an adjustment for him.”

Flores, says she is grateful for Season for Caring. “Thank you for giving our family one last Christmas with Mama last year, one last memory that I will treasure,” she said.