Otero found many ways to help others, including her husband’s patients
It wasn’t a holiday without Yolanda Otero making buñuelos for just about everyone in her neighborhood, including trash collectors, police officers and the workers at the dry cleaners, her family said.
In other ways, she reached out to help underprivileged people, her family said, and believed strongly that others needed what she had more than she did. As the wife of a doctor, she became a lifeline to those who were ailing.
Otero died April 17 at the age of 92.
A native of Mexico, Otero spent most of her life in San Antonio, where her husband opened his medical practice.
Born and raised in Monterrey, she was fluent in Spanish and English. There, she met her husband to be, Pedro Jaime Otero, when he happened to be visiting from his home in Puerto Rico.
“While he was visiting Monterrey he saw her for the first time and they both knew,” daughter Sonia Cavazos said.
After meeting only once, the couple exchanged letters another for two years while they each pursued their educational goals.
Otero was one of only three women in a class of 18 to receive a certified public accountant degree from Colegio Zaragoza in Monterrey, an unusual accomplishment.
Meanwhile, Pedro Otero earned his medical degree, and in 1948, they married and moved to Puerto Rico, where their first child was born.
Her husband’s medical career led them to Laredo, and their family expanded again. They returned to Puerto Rico, and Otero gave birth to their last child, a daughter. Later, they settled in San Antonio.
Otero served as a room parent in all children’s classrooms. She assisted teachers, her family said, and spent time helping others.
“She was an extremely generous person,” Cavazos said.
Otero regularly offered to help her husband’s patients, providing them with support or food while they recovered from illnesses, her family said. At times, she also assisted in getting transportation and other necessities for them.
She enjoyed social gatherings and parties, and Otero’s taste in music ranged from all varieties of Latin music to Nat King Cole.
“I remember my father and her dancing salsa very often when we lived in Puerto Rico when I was younger,” Cavazos said. “She loved it.”