Proud American and trauma nurse remembered one year later

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One year ago on Veterans Day, an Austin family lost their beloved mother. She was also a wife, a sister, grandmother and friend.

Georgia Riojas Acosta Esquivel was doing what she loved when she was hit and killed in the parking lot of McCallum High School – honoring our nation’s veterans.

“She loved her family more than anything,” said family friend, Stacy Miller. “Only second to God, and country followed after that. She loved her veterans.”

Now her memory is living on at the high school, through a memorial bench that reads, Education = Success.

Esquivel was passionate about education, and worked hard to instill those values in her family.

“Everything I am today is because of her,” said her daughter, Technical Sgt. Patricia Esquivel, who served 20 years in the Air Force.

At the ceremony, Former Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos delivered a Senate Proclamation in honor of Georgia’s life and service to the state.

“It is a special day, to honor and pay tribute to those Americans who give their all,” and Barrientos. “Gregoria, Georgia always gave her all.”

The war inspired Georgia to become a trauma nurse, and she went on to work at Brackenridge for 40 years.

“WWII was a huge impact on her,” said Patricia. “And it wasn’t until I joined the military and after I retired that I realized that my mom was part of the greatest generation.”

While the students who sit on the bench likely won’t know Georgia’s story, the family hopes they’ll read her message and be inspired.

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