I was born in Douglas, Arizona to Rafael and Eva Gallego. We moved
to Tucson when I was five years old and I have a sister, Mirna Gallego
and brother, Rafael Gallego. My sister is a court interpreter and my
brother is a defense attorney, so we are all in the court system.
We are first generation American citizens, and our parents are so very
proud to be naturalized citizens in this country. My father retired
from Magma Copper Mines in San Manuel, Arizona, commuting from Tucson
for 30 years. He thereafter worked at University Medical Center in
Facilities Manager and finally retired in 1993. My mother was the
homemaker and now considers herself retired from that exhausting career.
I went to Tucson High School and graduated in 1968. I married in
1969 and had my first son that same year, Art Aguilar, who is now an
attorney practicing civil litigation. In 1972, my second son Adam
Aguilar was born, who is an excellent cook and has managed many kitchens
in Tucson. My third son Abram Aguilar was born in 1975, and he is now a
physician at Northwest Medical Center in Internal Medicine. Needless to
say, these three sons are my heart and soul and I am ever so proud of
them and their accomplishments.
Art married the wonderful and beautiful Debbie, and they have given
me two of the most beautiful grandchildren, Andres born in 1999 and
Alyssa born in 2003. Abram has given me my third most beautiful
granddaughter, Amaya, born in 2001. We spend many happy hours together,
and have adventure walks, and adventure trips. Last summer, I took
my three grandchildren on adventure lunches to explore different
menus from around the world and pretended we were actually visiting
China, France, Italy, India and Mexico. Their most vivid adventure
lunch was trying escargot in the French restaurant; that was memorable!
I was a single parent from 1999 to 2003. In April of 2003, my first
high school sweetheart got in touch with me through the internet on
“Classmates.” He was living in Lakeside, Arizona in the White Mountains.
I had not seen him since the late 1970’s and we decided to meet in May,
and five months later we were married. Gilbert Felix and I are the
happiest couple I know; he was my first love, and will be my last love.
Because of him, I have that wonderful name “Maria Felix” who so
many of my constituents know is the same name belonging to a very
famous Mexican movie star, comparable in stature and talent to our
Elizabeth Taylor. That is as close as I will get to my claim to fame.