Carolina Evans Villa

Florida United States
(b. 1936 - d. 2016)

In 1963, Carolina first became involved with La Leche League and later became the founder of La Leche League in Columbia. During the following years, she shared with mothers what she knew about breastfeeding. In 1976, she founded La Leche League in Medelin. Then in 1986, she founded La Leche League in Bogota. Carolina held various positions at La Leche League International including Area Coordinator in Latin America. She is the author of Querer es Poder, Reflexiones y Sugerencias sobre la Lactancia Materna (available in LLL Colombia). Carolina had five children. In 1989, she suffered the loss of her husband when he was killed by guerrillas in Columbia. Carolina lived in Tampa, Florida in recent years. She loved music, working on her loom, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.

In recent years, she battled a very aggressive form of metastatic breast cancer which took doctors almost six months to diagnose it. She received both radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It slowed down the progression of the cancer yet she suffered from the side effects. The cancer spread to her liver. In the end, she chose to discontinue treatments and to have "quality rather than quantity for her remaining days." She was under hospice care and died at home on May 6, 2016. Her children were with her. Carolina asked for her remains to be divided in six parts--one for each of her five children and the sixth one to be returned to Columbia to rest in the green "La Esterlaria" area, where the mountains brought many parents much joy.

Those who wish to make a donation in her name may do so to the charity of their choice.