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Dorothy Quintana Passed Away At Age 101

We have learned of the sad news that Dorothy Quintana passed away on Monday, March 14, 2011, peacefully in her home at the age of 101. Dorothy will be greatly missed.

DorothyQuintana-WebHLDorothy "Dotty" Quintana was a special resident of Wynwood for over 50 years. She had a long history of community activism, particularly on issues concerning the elderly and Puerto Rican community. She was always a strong advocate and friend to ASPIRA of Florida and its youth leadership development program. Dorothy Quintana was an example for all to follow.

"Her tireless energy and selflessness impacted our whole community and made our city a better place for all Miami residents," said former Mayor Manny Diaz on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Following her 101st birthday, the City of Miami honored Ms. Quintana by naming a new Community Center at Roberto Clemente Park after her. Dorothy was named the 2010 Woman of Achievement Award at the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women's Conference last November, where she shared with local and national Puerto Rican female leaders from around the country.

The Dorothy Quintana Center houses the offices for the Parks Department and the Wynwood Edgewater Enhancement Team, in addition to acting as a social hall used for community and family functions. ASPIRA currently runs its after school program at the adjacent Roberto Clemente Park.

Dorothy leaves behind a stronger community and her sense of urgency regarding the need for social services. Her voice was heard and her opinion respected by politicians, community leaders and the community at large. She was a true example of civic activism.

Let's celebrate her life by continuing to get involved in the issues that matter in our communities. There will be an all night viewing tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, beginning at 6 p.m., at Corpus Christi Church, NW 7 Ave. and 32 St., Miami. A mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 16, at 10 a.m., at Corpus Christi Church. Cremation services will follow.

Aymet Chaples, M.S.
Interim President & CEO
ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.
4100 NE 2 Avenue, Suite 302
Miami, FL 33137

Phone 305.576.8494
Fax 305.576.6217