On Saturday December 16, 2017 well-known and beloved Ardmore physician, Dr. Josefina Vazquez, MD (retired) passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long period of decline in her home in Ardmore at the age of 90. Born in Havana, Cuba on Sept. 28, 1927, she completed medical training at the University of Havana in 1952. Josefina married fellow medial school colleague Hiram Vazquez in 1953. She gave birth to a daughter, Elsa, in 1954, and in 1956, Hiram Junior joined the family. In the late 1960’s, they left Cuba for political reasons and eventually settled in Ardmore.
Doctor Josefina, as her patients called her, came to the United States with her husband, and rejoined their family in 1969. Doctor 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 Doctors 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 Doctors 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, she published her autobiography in 2015. She is survived by sister-in- law Olga Mendez, and niece Alicia Mendez Lolo, also of Ardmore. Other survivors include Josefina’s daughter and husband, Elsa and Daniel Davis of Ardmore, Josefina’s son Hiram M. Vazquez, MD and his wife, Sarah Bailey Vazquez from Shreveport, Louisiana. She is also survived by her grandchildren Lauren Vazquez, college student in Arkansas, Tristan Bailey and wife Jessica of Shreveport, La. as well as Lacey and Shane Warren, also of Shreveport, Louisiana. Another person joined the family in 2005: Whitney Danley-Davis of Norman, daughter of son-in- law Daniel Davis, from Norman, Okla. 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.
Siblings and other extended family, too numerous to name, reside in Illinois, California and Florida.
There will be a Mass of Resurrection in Doctor Josefina’s honor at 10 a.m. Saturday December 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.