The San Pedro Sun is proud to feature Mrs. Flora Ancona in this week's "Our Community". Mrs. Ancona is one of the seventeen Belizeans who were recently honored at the Turton Library Center in Belize City; of which she is the only one from San Pedro. This is a copy of her biography written by Maria Daisy Lara that is on display at the center.
Flora Graniel was born in the fishing village of San Pedro on the 17th May, 1951 of humble parents, Mr. Rosendo Graniel and Mrs. Marina Trejo. Flora was raised among five brothers (all of them fishermen) and three sisters. As a young girl, Flora played hopscotch on the grassy streets, helped her mom with laundry, dishes and after chores, would swim in the sea every afternoon with the other children in San Pedro.
Flora Graniel was educated at San Pedro Catholic School. At this time, there were no high schools in San Pedro, so her formal education came to an end. Later, Flora married Manuel Ancona and together they have four children: Manuel Jr., Alberto, Eddie and Florita. Mrs. Ancona also has one adopted daughter (Linden), who has made Flora Graniel Ancona a grandmother today.
In 1980 when most airlines only had one plane and offered one flight every morning and sometimes in the afternoons, Flora and her husband rented a little house (Katrinca) that was sitting on the northern end of the airstrip. They decided to sell soft drinks, coffee and snacks in the house. Flora also sold tickets for Tropic Air. As Tropic Air grew, so did Mrs. Ancona's life. She moved into a new office, sold tickets, dispatched airlines, welcomed visitors and kept the office going. The office continued to expand and Flora soon became the Head of Operations (data entry, reservations, public relations, scheduling flights, etc.) The snack place at the Katrinca that Flora and her husband operated, has now developed into what is today the Tropical Take-Out Restaurant.
Mrs. Ancona has acquired the name "Mother Teresa" for her willingness to assist those in need. In her spare time, Flora does a lot of community work. At present she is a member of the Lioness Auxiliary (sells barbecues to support the local Lions Club). She was among the first women to join the local Lions Club. She is a member of the school board and other community organizations. Flora is also engaged in cultural events, talent shows and beauty pageants. As a devoted Catholic, Mrs. Ancona finds time to visit the sick and help the needy. Flora Graniel Ancona is a loving mother, devoted house wife, social worker, professional and above all, a neighborly friend. San Pedro is honored to feature Mrs. Flora Graniel Ancona in the first ever Biography Week.
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