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Daughter of Mexican Revolutionary “Pancho” Villa Dies

March 30, 1994

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) _ Micaela Villa, a daughter of Mexican revolutionary Gen. Francisco ″Pancho″ Villa, has died at age 83.

She died Sunday in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Center.

Micaela Villa was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and grew up in a hacienda given to her father by the Mexican government. A piano virtuoso, she entertained diplomats at the home, but was shuffled among stepmothers and aunts when her father was assassinated in 1923.

In 1952, she divorced her first husband and moved to the United States with her three children. She returned to Mexico a decade later and remarried, then moved back to the United States in 1973 when her second husband died.

Her father, one of the more important generals in the 1910-1917 Mexican Revolution, is a national hero in Mexico.

He was largely responsible for the overthrow of Victoriano Huerta, who ran a corrupt and brutal dictatorship after taking power in a 1913 coup. He fled Mexico under pressure from Villa’s army in 1914.

Angered by U.S. recognition of his political enemy, Venustiano Caranza, Villa led raids into the United States in 1916, killing 16 Americans in New Mexico. A U.S. Army expedition pursued Villa for 11 months but could not catch him.

Micaela Villa is survived by a son, two daughters, a sister, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were scheduled Thursday.

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