Corbo Yanez, Gloria, 88, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020. She was born in Havana, Cuba, on March 26, 1932. She was the oldest daughter of Blas Corbo Fernandez, a police officer, and Maria Antonia Wong, a housewife. She proudly came by her name by being born el "Sabado de Gloria," the Saturday before Easter. Ironically, she also died on a Saturday.
Gloria grew up surrounded by her five sisters and brothers, and aunts and cousins, whom she cherished. She dreamed of being a movie star or maybe a teacher. She met Eduardo Yanez in the El Cerro neighborhood where they grew up, married him, and spent the next 55 years with him. Those who knew them will tell you of their great love affair. Then came the Cuban Revolution. On Jan. 17, 1966, her life changed dramatically. She left her home near the malecon and took a Freedom Flight to Miami with her husband and their two children, Evaristo and Maria Luisa. Gloria left behind her parents, whom she never saw again.
In Miami, she and her family were among the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who rebuilt their lives in exile in Little Havana. She and Eduardo had two more children, Romina and Romulo. They became proud U.S. citizens, but never stopped fighting to see a free Cuba.
Family and friends were her life. Gloria excelled at everything: making friends, singing, sewing, cooking. Fritas were her specialty, and she famously once stayed up all night to make 100 of the Cuban hamburgers for a day on Miami Beach, where she vacationed most summers. She sewed a wedding dress by herself, painted an entire house and sang beautiful Spanish songs about bullfighters. Anyone who met her would be won over by her dimples, the twinkle in her eye and her genuine love of people.
After she was widowed, she moved in with her daughter, Luisa, and began another chapter in her life. She volunteered to launch several Cuban exile projects at Miami's Freedom Tower and Cuba Nostalgia, became a social butterfly and a wonderful and loyal friend and companion.
Gloria is survived by her children Evaristo, Maria Luisa and Romulo Yanez, and Romina Delgado (Raul); grandchildren Christian and Ariel Yanez, and Richard and Ruly Delgado; and a great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister and brother Ana Maria and Jesus Corbo, six nieces and a legion of friends. Her loss leaves a deep hole in our lives. We will forever miss her, but we know she is at peace with her Lord and Savior.