SAAVEDRA, Delia R. (Dr. Dee) __ years old, of Gulfport, Florida, died in St. Petersburg, Florida on Tuesday, December 26th,2017. She was born on October 3rd 1936 in Habana, Cuba, to the late Delia Rosa and Dr. Narciso H Saavedra. She attended the University of Habana, where she received her Doctorate in Pedagogy. Before coming to the United States of America, she was imprisoned by President Batista, but was liberated by Fidel Castro's troops. As part of her work with the compesinos, she took them on a four-bus excursion to the famous Tropicana Cabaret. Being a conscientious education, she was not convinced by Fidel Castro's policies. Commandant Barba Rojas imprisoned her again, this time in solitary confmement. After the Bay of Pigs invasion, she was able to travel to Madrid, Spain. From there she was able to relocate to New York City, and five years-later became a proud American citizen. She continued her education at the Columbia and Long Island Universities. With the help of the Council of Professional Emigres she was established as a professional, Social Worker, and teacher again. She founded the Delisa Productions, which presented the first Hispanic Concert'. called "Gold, Incense, and Myrrh" (Oro, Incienso y Mirra) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on January 6. It was a total success. She moved to Gulfport, Florida and, in 1979 became Store Manager at Little General. She received four awards while working there, including Store Manager of the Year and Best Profit. She also worked as District Manager of Circle K stores. Later on she worked for the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC) as a Work Adjustment Counselor, placing challenged individuals in competitive employment. She participated as a volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program for the Gulfport seniors. She was on the board Member of the Senior Citizens' Advisory Committee on Aging for the City of Gulfport. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ombudsman Program for assisting LTC residents to receive IRS stimulus payments. She was also employed by the CAP A program, and later became the Director of Education for the HN / AIDS program, educational services at the Juvenile Detention facilities and all juvenile programs in Pinellas County. Tests were conducted upon request by the Pinellas County Health Department. A form was created to help individuals express their feelings anonymously. She worked with the Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center as a Senior Detention office/Quality Assurance person and retired in 2004. Later in life she was employed by AARP, assigned to the Social Security Adm. and vocational Rehabilitation. Being a Catholic, she was a member of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle and Most Holy Name of Jesus churches. She was also a member of the Gulfport Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Sons ofItaly, and John Paul Lodge. She enjoyed music by Chopin, the opera, and bingo. Her son Henry Felix Saavedra predeceases her. She will be missed by her beloved Patti; her brother Dr: Narciso F. Saavedra in North Carolina, grand nephew Daniel Roy Cordero in New Jersey; nieces Rosa M. Saavedra Roy in New Jersey, Damaris Saavadra-Hernandez, Dafne Saavedra-Preskins and Diana Saavedra Bryan in North Carolina, as well as other grand nieces and her many friends.