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Celebrating the 100th birthday of Francisca Cortez

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Food Pantry held a celebration for the 100th birthday of Francisca Cortez of Fallbrook, who has literally seen the world transform in a myriad of ways over the last century.

She has been a resident of Fallbrook since 1963. She is a home delivery client of the Fallbrook Food Pantry who grew up in Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico. She has three brothers and three sisters, and she is the oldest child.

Her mother was a businesswoman way before it was commonplace. She moved to Tijuana where she met her husband Arturo in 1956 (he passed away in 2004). They had four daughters and one son. She has 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She also currently has a dog named Barbas, a Maltese-Chihuahua mix.

Francisca worked in the strawberry fields in Vista, and she retired from the CalVine Nursery (Color Spot). She took ESL classes in Fallbrook. She loves to garden and continues to do so in all her spare time. The red rose is her favorite flower. Red and white are her favorite colors.

Arturo worked at Del Rey Avocado. Francisca enjoyed attending the Rose Parade in 1972, attending a Tom Jones concert in 1974, visiting Honolulu, Hawaii in 1983, visiting Miami, Florida to watch the Sabado Gigante show and meet the host Don Francisco in 1995, visiting Canada in 2022, and just last month visiting her brother, Jose in Jalisco.

She loves sweet bread, pineapple upside down cake, pineapple frozen yogurt, and enjoys the variety of choices at Chinese buffets. Francisca was honored to receive a 100th birthday card from President Biden from the White House.

Submitted by the Fallbrook Food Pantry.

 

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