María del Carmen Francisca de Paula Delgado y Roses, widow of Juan March Servera (1906-1973), died five weeks ago, age 96.
I meant to tell you about her decease before, but I did not have a photo to go with the story. I only managed to take a shot at the family crypt two days ago, in Palma’s Cementeri Municipal (see photo above).
Here’s the story.
Joan March Ordinas is the Mallorca born founder of a family dynasty of immense riches, most of which was acquired through means that you and I would most likely be sent to prison for. He had two surviving sons, Juan March Servera and Bartolomé March Servera. María del Carmen Delgado y Roses married the older son in 1934, thus becoming March Ordinas’ daughter-in-law. Through shrewdness and a great deal of ambition, Carmen Delgado managed to rule the dynasty as the family’s matriarch, once Joan March (father) and Juan March (son) had deceased, in 1962 and 1973, respectively. She is said to have managed the March family fortunes in a discrete manner, albeit with an iron hand.
Doña Delgado is survived by five children and 14 grandchildren.
A readable book on the March family was published recently, in the Castilian language (Los March: La Fortuna Silenciosa, by Esteban Urreiztieta, published by La Esfera de los Libros, S.L., 23 €).
The photo (top) was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 14th, 2008. The time was 12:57:44. The photo (bottom) shows Doña Delgado getting married in 1934 (Courtesy of Revista Brisas). Gracias.