On Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, well-known and beloved Ardmore physician, Dr. Josefina Vazquez,  M.D. (retired) passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long period of decline at her home in Ardmore at the age of 90. Born in Havana, Cuba on Oct. 10, 1927, she completed medical training at the University of Havana in 1952. Josefina married Hiram Vazquez in 1953. She gave birth to a daughter, Elsa, in 1954, and in 1956, Hiram Junior joined the family. In the late 1960s, they left Cuba for political reasons and eventually settled in Ardmore.
Dr. Josefina, as her patients called her, came to the United States with her husband, and rejoined their family in 1969. Dr. Hiram’s family had settled in Chicago, so they made their home in that city. Once they settled, they immediately began the difficult task of renewing their medical credentials. They accomplished that goal and in 1970 they received offers of employment from the Veterans Administration here in Ardmore.  
In 1971 the Drs. Vazquez opened their private practice in Ardmore, where she was an OB-GYN and he worked as a family health physician, specializing in the care of children. As we say in Oklahoma, “she birthed ‘em and he took care of ‘em.”
Twenty years later, the Drs. retired from medical practice. Dr. Josefina and her husband enjoyed a beautiful life together. They loved traveling and she kept journals documenting all their trips.
Doctor Josefina was also a gifted story teller. When she shared her experiences, many friends and acquaintances encouraged her to write about her life. With help from her daughter, Elsa Vazquez-Davis, she published her autobiography, entitled Americans by Choice in 2015.
Doctor Josefina is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dr. Hiram F. Vazquez of the home; her daughter and husband, Elsa and Daniel Davis of Ardmore; and her son and his wife, Hiram M. Vazquez, M.D. and Sarah Bailey Vazquez from Shreveport, La. Her grandchildren and their families, Tristan and Jessica Bailey and Lacey and Shane Warren of Shreveport, La. Another person joined the family in 2005: Whitney Danley-Davis of Norman, daughter of son-in-law Daniel Davis. Her delightful daughter, Isla Harper Lee, was born in 2012 and became Doctor Josefina’s first great-grandchild. Her second great-grandchild Evangeline Warren, daughter of Lacey and Shane Warren, was born in 2017.
There will be a Mass of Resurrection in Dr. Josefina’s honor at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017,  at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. After the ceremony, family and close friends are invited to share refreshments and fellowship at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home, 2118 S. Commerce.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Josefina’s name to the Children’s Shelter and/or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Cremation-With-Care will be provided by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.