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The Council mourns the loss of Edita Piedra

The Council mourns the loss of Edita Piedra, wife of Ambassador Alberto Piedra (Ambassador to Guatemala, 1984-1987).

On January 14, Edita Enriquez de Martinez Piedra, 84, passed away at her home in Bethesda, Maryland surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Alberto M. Piedra, their five children and their spouses and fourteen grandchildren: She is also survived by her sister, Lourdes Enriquez CarreraJustiz of Miami, Florida.

Edita was the second child of Francisco Enriquez and Maria Teresa CarreraJustiz of Havana, Cuba. Edita and Alberto moved to Washington, DC from Havana in 1959 with three small children. They chose Washington, DC because Alberto received his PhD in Economics at Georgetown University and Edita attended Georgetown Visitation as one of the few boarders from Cuba. Edita received her undergraduate degree from the
University of Havana and then her MA from Catholic University. She received her master's degree while raising five small children.

From 1984 to 1987, Alberto and Edita moved to Guatemala City, Guatemala where Alberto served as the United States Ambassador to Guatemala. Edita worked tirelessly, organizing receptions, keeping a large staff, and helping with the day to day work as the wife of a US Ambassador. After Guatemala, Edita and Alberto moved to New York City, where again she helped her husband as he served with the rank of
United States Ambassador at the United Nations. Edita was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was the most loving, patient, and talented women who gave everything for her family.

Date Posted

Jan 20, 2015