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Manuela ARÁMBULA

Female 1925 - 2014  (89 years)


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  • Name Manuela ARÁMBULA 
    Christened 28 Mar 1924  Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 22 Feb 1925  Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Name Manuela "Nellie" ROJAS 
    Naturalization Dec 1976  El Paso, El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1 Oct 2014  Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, TX, Thursday, December 23, 1976, p. 19:

      90 naturalized

      Ninety persons became naturalized U.S. citizens in ceremonies held in U.S. District Court.

      District Judge William S. Sessions administered the oath of citizenship. The local Rebbeca Stoddert chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a reception for the new citizens.

      New citizens are: . . . Manuela Rojas. . . .

      (2) The Arizona Republic, May 13, 2002:

      'Rosies' still going strong

      Daniel González
      The Arizona Republic

      Sitting at her dining room table, 77-year-old Nellie Rojas rolled up her sleeve and made a muscle, revealing bulging biceps.

      Six decades may have passed since the days when Rojas toiled 12-hour shifts riveting wings on P-38 fighters during World War II, but the muscles she forged during those long hours of hard work, men's work until then, remain strong. So are the memories of a hundred riveting guns pounding away at once, creating a deafening racket that haunts her to this day.

      "Sometimes at night, if I have a hard time going to sleep, I wonder what is that noise? It's the riveting," said Rojas, of north Phoenix, who worked at Lockheed's Vega Aircraft Co., in Burbank, Calif., from 1942 until after the war.

      Untold numbers of women like Rojas kept wartime factories humming after men marched off to fight. Known by the name "Rosie the Riveter," the women never really received the recognition they deserved, but that is changing.

      Next month, the Arizona chapter will host the national convention of the American Rosie the Riveter Association in Surprise, west of Phoenix. The national group was formed in 1998, amid a sense of urgency, to honor and document the stories and legacies of these women before it's too late.

      "We are desperately trying to find all the Rosies. Most of them are over 80 years old," said founder Frances Tunnell Carter, 79, who helped build B-29s during the war at the Betchel McCombs Parsons Airplane Modification Center in Birmingham, Ala. She is president of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, which has more than 860 members.

      At the time, women were limited mostly to the teaching and nursing professions, and many women had never worked outside the home, said Carter, a retired education professor.

      Although most of the women gave up their jobs to returning servicemen, the experience they gained changed them and America forever.

      "We girls had to prove ourselves in a man's world, and that we did," said Maurine Longstreth, 76, secretary of the association's Arizona chapter.

      With more than 80 members, the Arizona chapter is the largest in the country, probably because so many people have retired here, Longstreth said.

      This will be the first time that the group's national convention will be held away from its headquarters in Warm Springs, Ga., and organizers say growing interest nationally could help boost the turnout.

      Rosie the Riveter has become a popular subject in schools and several books on the subject have been published recently, Carter said. Last May, a monument paying tribute to Rosie the Riveter was dedicated in Richmond, Calif., home of the Richmond Shipyards, where many women worked during World War II.

      And a week ago, dozens of former Rosies showed up for the first Rosie Reunion in Seattle sponsored by the Women in Trades Association, a non-profit labor organization.

      "They were sort of the pioneers for the women who work in the trades now, to work in men's work," said Robin Murphy, the group's co-chairwoman.

      The women who toiled in wartime factories were immortalized in a poster of an overalls-clad worker flexing her muscles, a red polka-dot bandana wrapped around her head. The poster carried the slogan "We Can Do It."

      But Rojas said she wasn't acting out of any sense of patriotic duty when at 17 she went to work the nightshift at Lockheed. She was the oldest of seven children, her mother was sick and the family needed the income.

      "The reason I went to work there is because I needed the work and they paid pretty good," said Rojas, a native of El Paso who lived in California during the war.

      But when she saw the finished planes coming off the assembly line and heard their engines roaring outside, the importance of her job hit her "like a punch in the stomach."

      "I was doing something for my country," said Rojas, who lives in a retirement center near Cactus Road. "When I saw these (airplane) skeletons being made into something that was helping us win the war, I felt overjoyed."

      (2) Obituary, The Arizona Republic, October 7, 2014:

      Rojas, Manuela (Nellie)

      89, of Phoenix Arizona passed away on October 1, 2014. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2 - 4:30 at Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ.
    Person ID I19182  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2021 

    Father Pedro GONZÁLEZ,   b. 1899, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 11 Apr 1976, El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 77 years) 
    Mother Beatriz PAEZ,   b. 19 Jul 1900, San Juan del Rio, Durango, México Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1944, El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 1923 
    Family ID F8544  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mariano Reyes ROJAS,   b. 26 Jul 1924, El Paso, El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1990, El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Divorced 16 Apr 1981  El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Living
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     3. Living
     4. Living
     5. Isaac Arámbula ROJAS,   b. 12 Sep 1959, El Paso, El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1959, El Paso, El Paso County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F8542  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2002 [databaseonline], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005: Name: Manuela [Rojas] Estimated Birth Year: abt 1925 Age: 56 Spouse's Name: Mariano Rojas Spouse's Estimated Birth Year: abt 1923 Spouse's Age: 58 Divorce Date: 16 Apr 1981 Marriage Date: 26 Jan 1946 Number of Children: 0 County: El Paso.