Manana Means Heaven

Arts & Culture
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Thu October 3, 2013

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Bea Kozera held Tim Z. Hernandez's book, 'Manana Means Heaven,' a week before she died at age 92.
Courtesy of Tim Z. Hernandez

Albert Franco recalls his late mother like any son might. 

He says she was a wonderful cook, housewife, grandmother, and mother.

But at Bea Kozera's funeral, in a Fresno cemetery in late August, Franco described what made his mother's personal story extraordinary.

“Some of you are aware of my mom’s notoriety,” Albert Franco said. “She was a famous person, which we never knew - never knew, for about 60 years almost.” 

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