The Norman Transcript


May 9, 2014

Carlotta Mojica

NORMAN — By 1925, Carlotta Mojica, my grandmother, had already survived measles, whooping cough and dysentery. Her parents never thought she would see adulthood. Today, she is survived by family in America, Colombia and France.

She bravely left Colombia, unwed and pregnant, and gave birth in New York City. Her daughter, Ruth, was named after her godmother, an Irish-American woman who lived in Colombia and helped Carlotta get to America.

As a single mom, she had jobs as a garment worker, maid and a mutual funds saleswoman. In 1978, she graduated with honors from Hunter University and became a social worker, helping pregnant teens find their way.

Ruth settled down in Norman and Carlotta soon followed, first buying an apartment across town and then the house across the street. My dad would take her on errands, my mom handled her paperwork and I would cut her grass.

Grandma Carlotta and her grandson, William, had a loving relationship built on manipulation. Whenever the parents, Ruth and Eugene, weren’t around, Carlotta would tell William why going to the grocery store at that moment was a matter of life and death. When Ruth and Eugene weren’t around, William would tell Carlotta why ordering a pizza was equally important. She loathed the food but loved her grandson. She’d eat but one slice, and William happily gobbled up the rest. Over the years, her grandson began to enjoy his grandmother more than the pizza and she began to enjoy the pizza more and more. She would ask if he would like to order some again the next day.

Carlotta’s happiest memories were visiting Colombia with her granddaughter, Pia, in 1993, then with William in 1998. Carlotta loved gardening, walking, reading and, perhaps most of all, her miniature schnauzer, Pepe. Her family loved her bad jokes.

Carlotta is mourned by her daughter, Ruth Mojica; son-in-law, Eugene Hilderbrandt; her two grandchildren, Pia and William Hilderbrandt; friends and also the kind staff at Arbor Reminisce and Emerald Hospice who later took loving care of her.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Elizabeth Mary Waters

    Services for Elizabeth Mary Waters, 92, Norman, who died Friday, July 25, of natural causes, will be10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Robinson Street Baptist Church, 801 E. Robinson. Bill Blair will officiate. Viewing will be Monday, July 28, 8 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Francis Fynmore

    James Francis Fynmore, III, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 22, 2014....

    July 27, 2014

  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Chambers

    Although Tom was christened Thomas Previglian, he took his step-father’s name of Chambers as it was easier to spell when he entered grade school. Born in Olean, New York, on March 11, 1943, he transitioned into his new life on July 25, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • John Martin McMahon

    John Martin McMahon, 87, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, to John and Hattie McMahon, in Detroit....

    July 27, 2014

  • Erma Gene Hubbard

    Family matriarch Erma Gene Hubbard passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, in Norman. She was born March 5, 1921, to Harvel Bryan Pitchford and Lillian Floy Moon in Okemah....

    July 27, 2014

  • Betty Jo Tucker

    Betty Jo Tucker, 84, of Rosedale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Betty Jo Easley was born Dec. 19, 1929, in Rosedale, the third of five children born to Calvin Andrew Easley and Laura Era (Miser) Easley. She spent her early years in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Berenice Elizabeth Young

    Berenice Elizabeth  Young, 84, died Monday, July 7, 2014. She was born Nov. 27, 1929....

    July 27, 2014

  • Lucille C. Knapple

    Lucille C. Knapple was born June 2, 1927, to Thomas and Emma Morren, in Norman. She was the only girl, with eight brothers. Lucille met and married her husband, James N. Knapple on April 24, 1947. They had three children, Helene, Ann and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Ulus Price Pooler

    Ulus Price Pooler, 81, departed this earthly life Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Marlow, to Irl Alva and Evie Devada (Ritter) Pooler....

    July 26, 2014

  • Marie Antoinette Maddox Keeling

    Norman has lost one of its oldest residents. Marie Antoinette Maddox Keeling, our “Mimi,” who passed to be with her belated husband, Jack, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the young age of 95 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, ...

    July 26, 2014