Food, family and God are three things that Piedad Mosquera can not live without. Mosquera came from Ecuador to the United States of America 45 years ago. Mosquera was a factory worker and retired 5 years ago.
After her retirement, Mosquera was a Sunday school teacher at Saint Agustine’s catholic church but has not been felt like leaving her home since the death of her daughter. Mosquera returned home after living with her daughter for 3 years. Her daughter died from brain cancer last July. With the loss of her daughter, Mosquera has kept her faith strong revealing that religion has always been her sense of comfort.
Mosquera is still getting used to living on her own but affirms that she finds her strength in prayer and cooking. Today her sister, Lastena Mosquera came to visit her, where they ate beef soup and prayed the rosary. Both sisters came to America together sharing a strong and unbreakable bond. The sisters, who are often mistaken as twins are 5 years apart. They both attended Christian School and University in Ecuador and recall it as the only form on education that they were able to pursue.
“Many woman became house keepers, but we got to study religion. My dad wanted us to become nuns, but Piedad has always dreamed of coming to America. We are here because she is a strong woman who knew that there was more to the world than our small town in Ecuador,” said Lastena Mosquera about her older sister, Piedad Mosquera.