December 6, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 195 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HONORING THE LIFE OF LEONCIO VEGA CORREA; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 195
(House of Representatives - December 06, 2019)
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[Page H9298] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE LIFE OF LEONCIO VEGA CORREA (Mr. CORREA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. CORREA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Leoncio Vega Correa, son of Luis Correa Sotelo and Magdalena Correa. He passed away November 24, surrounded by his loved ones. Leo was the hardworking child of immigrants. He was born in Watts, California, on April 24, 1926, but his family spent much of his childhood living in Zacatecas, Mexico. Leo lived a hard life but an honest life. The devastation of the Great Depression followed him and his family from the United States to Mexico. He never received a formal education. He worked as a migrant farmworker across the country, following harvests. Despite all his hardships, Leo was a gentle giant and never met a stranger. He was always ready to give a hug, a smile, a dollar, a meal, or even the shirt off of his back. He would always tell me: ``Good deeds always come back to you.'' And he was known by his saying, ``pura vida.'' Leo lived a hard, great life. We celebrate his life today, and he will be missed by the community and his family. ____________________