By Amelia (Emily) Corral
NDHS, San Jose, ’51
A special woman in my life is my only daughter, Anna Corral Alkema. She was born on Mothers’ Day (May 14, 1961) and will be celebrating her 49th birthday on Thursday. She has been married for 25 years and she and her husband, Gerry, have raised three beautiful children. The oldest, Brian, just graduated from Washington State University on Saturday. Her second son, Mark, joined the U.S. Army and is presently in Basic Training in Ft. Benning, Georgia. She has a daughter, Keira, a high school junior, who has her sights set on attending a Catholic University and, hopefully, will be granted a scholarship for her academic achievements and extra curricular activities. (She currently has a 3.8 GPA.) The whole family is very active in their parish–Holy Redeemer, Vancouver, WA. Pvt. Mark Alkema has volunteered to serve as an altar server in his Army Chapel and has also been asked to serve as a Eucharistic Minister. He attends Mass regularly. Anna is currently a first grade teacher in St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Vancouver, WA.
As her mother, I am very proud of the woman she has become–she embodies all the attributes of an outstanding woman. She is special to me!