Happy Birthday To Oralia Lillie Corrales

Happy Birthday to Oralia Lillie Corrales, who began her triumphant, generous and difficult journey in the world on July 5, 1940 in Midland, Texas. Corrales was a child farm worker, spending her early summers in the fields of California picking cotton, potatoes, grapes, and peaches.  She and her family traveled from one migrant camp to another, as her mother worked to support 16 children.  Corrales recalled having one school dress that she washed and ironed every day; her inspiration was a good-hearted teacher who complimented her on her appearance.  Corrales is now a community activist and successful businesswoman, while raising her own large family that includes her four children, two children of her deceased sister’s, and seven of her mother’s.  Corrales is an active member of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and was named Woman of the Year by Hispanic Magazine in 1986.

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