Celebrating the Life of Edna Flores-Lagunteby Representative Xavier Becerra
Posted on 2015-02-10
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Mr. BECERRA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to and
celebrate the birthday of Edna Flores-Lagunte. Edna was a valued member
of my Capitol Hill staff during the late 1990's, and she lived in San
Francisco during the past decade. She would have turned 42 years old
today. I say ``would have'' because, sadly, Edna passed away
unexpectedly on June 8, 2014.
One of Edna's great passions was participating in the annual AIDS/ LifeCycle, a 7 day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Edna was a veteran rider and participated in her 13th AIDS/LifeCycle last year. Her involvement originally stemmed from a strong desire to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Filipino American community. She oftentimes rode in the memory of friends whom she had met over the years.
Edna took part in last year's event with her husband, Richard Lagunte, also a longtime rider. Sadly, she suffered cardiac arrest in the middle of the ride and passed away shortly thereafter.
Not only was she well-known among event organizers and fellow cyclists, she was a beloved individual. Edna was genuine, enthusiastic, compassionate, and full of life. Her strong dedication to serving the needs of individuals with HIV/AIDS and raising awareness was truly outstanding and serves as an example for all of us.
During her tenure in my office, Edna was a respected member of my staff who gave so much of herself. I will always remember her for her cheerful spirit, generosity, positive attitude, and her stunning smile.
Mr. Speaker, today I ask my colleagues and this House to rise with me to celebrate the birth and life of Edna Flores-Lagunte. I am saddened that after less than 42 years of living, we must say farewell to a remarkable human being who personified the very best in public service. I extend my deepest condolences to Edna's husband Richard, parents Nena and Esposito Flores, and brother Edward. She touched so many and is deeply missed.