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Death of a Shrewd Matriarch

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.

4 replies »

  1. do you think a museum would be interested in the 1936 rolls royce that juan gave to his wife? what a history of this family.

  2. Hi is there more info on her mother family in Puerto Rico I was doing the tree for the Roses fam just happen to find this interesting turn in the tree any info on Carmen parents and death will be welcome love the photos
    thank you

    • Sorry, but I am not aware of any Puerto Rican connection of María del Carmen Francisca de Paula Delgado y Roses. Perhaps you would want to contact the editors of Los March: La Fortuna Silenciosa (La Esfera de los Libros, S.L.) to ask the author of that book, Esteban Urreiztieta.

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