Seventy-six years and nine days before the 24th of August 2020 "La niña bonita" entered this world - and on this day, nestled amongst her beloved ones, Maria Dina Pompeya Gutiérrez Monteros departed unto the next. A proud Lioness, at the time of her final breath Pompeya was held by the hands of those whom she loved the most. Pompeya passed, embraced by the loving comfort of her family, in her home where she often enjoyed the company of her children and grandchildren.
Born and raised in Tena, a simple town in the rainforests of Ecuador that continues to admire her spirit and honor her family's heritage, Pompeya will forever be a "Reina de Tena". Born the eighth child of 9 and blessed with the gift of courage, at the age of 24 Pompeya left the small community founded by her direct ancestors with a reverence for the world beyond. Raised to be driven by her resolve rather than by her means, Pompeya immigrated to the United States - by herself - and set upon a path of her own self-determination.
In those early days, Pompeya took the first step of a life's journey towards the exploration of countless communities across our world. Always a tenacious worker, in her role as provider she became a true matriarch and from nothing Pompeya now leaves behind a legacy upon which her future generations shall have opportunities to flourish. Her journeys and customs molded her as a scion of truth, regardless of its audience, and a genuine curator of beauty irrespective of its beholder. Pompeya harnessed these gifts to inspire others to overcome any challenge.
Always a flower, with innumerable admirers and loved ones across many lands, Pompeya's memory is survived by her ever devoted daughter Kathy Alexandra Guerra and her beautiful baby boy Amaru, and his father and loving partner Paul and thoughtful child Azul. Pompeya's adoration is also survived by her eldest son Marco, her fearless warrior, and his remarkable children Enzo, Jasmina, and Niko, all of whom shall cherish the many moments of love they all shared together. Pompeya's youngest son, Eduardo, her thoughtful protector, and his wife Alison, who always provided Pompeya with a gentle kindness, will survive her memory together with their two daughters SofÍa and Alina in a manner so as to cherish Pompeya's strength, creativity and wisdom. Affectionately known as Pompy, she will also be survived by the many to whom she was also a second mother. Pompeya had a commitment to adopt those whose own mother was either lost or afar - especially Carlos Guevara, whose mom passed in Ecuador many years ago.
In her Golden years, Pompeya finally found her true love and she will also be survived by her husband Felix Guevara, who will not only cherish her memory, but will keep alive the devotion of a love interrupted as he remains the foundation of a tranquility that Pompeya longed for throughout her life. Pompeya: you were a caregiver to many, a protector with a gentle force for those in need, with a generosity that surpassed your ability to give, a voyager with no fear, your piercing strength, you will be cherished, you will not be forgotten – vaya con dios, go with God, Aloha, for you loved all that is beautiful and you gave to all those who would cherish your touch. Go in peace mama, our protector, our friend, our lover, goodbye from all of those whom you endeared across the many corners of our Pacha Mama, Adios querida Pompeya.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Sep. 10, 2020.