Ms. Luba Altagracia Torres, 83, known to us all as Ms. Luba, Gueli, Grandma, Lulu, Titi, Mum, Mami and mommy was born in Santiago de los Caballeros to the late Juan Torres and Dalida María Pérez and affectionally raised by stepfather Juan María “Papa” Payero in Dominican Republic on April 21, 1938. She was called home on June 8, 2021.
Luba migrated to New York in her early 20’s and resided in Brooklyn Bedford Stuyvesant with her aunt while working in a factory.
Luba carried many titles: wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister, neighbor and friend.
She moved to Fort Greene Projects in 1983. She did Tenant Patrol for awhile and was very well known in the community.
Love thy neighbor she did because, her door was always open, a plate of food always ready for anyone in need. Luba’s arms and heart were always open to give a hug and love. Kind words, wisdom and understanding readily given.
In her leisure time, she loved listening to music, shooting the breeze and enjoying a glass of wine. Spending time with her family was her greatest joy. Quality time with her children and grandchildren teaching them the facts of life and her history behind us to learn from. She encouraged us to thrive.
She was the oldest child of three girls and she had other half siblings from her father’s side and stepdad whom she loved dearly.
Luba was united in matrimony to Everaldo M. Martinez and to this union four children were born. She leaves to cherish her memory: Barbara (Bronx), Dalida (Spanish Harlem), Juan Carlos (Bronx) and Caroline (Brooklyn); eight grandchildren: Jeesely, Shayna, Ubaldina, Khaliyha, Joseph, Jose, Jacob, and Christian; three great grandchildren: Edwin J Soto aka “EJ”, Lailah Luba Bennett aka Lulu and Josiah aka Chiquitin and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was adopted by everyone she met because she saw you as a person and she never judged. She was the community’s mother and this made our family even bigger. Today we can say we have a family not a community.
Facts you didn’t know of Luba
+ She was self-taught to read and write and speak in English.
+ She took a course with Project Chance to become child care worker and she translated her whole course in Spanish and never missed a day of school.
A Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says,
“Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times,
the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived
while I was strong.
Continue my heritage,
I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely
the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease,
my soul is at rest.
how I truly was blessed.
no matter how small.
Go on with your life,
don’t worry about falls.
I miss you all dearly,
so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes
we’re together again.”
– Author Unknown
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