Not everyone can attest to the pain of losing a child. To see your flesh and blood depart before you is a pain that can rarely be put into words. While many parents shudder at the thought of going through something light that, most, unfortunately, have to go through it. When Selena Samora left the world for good, the world fell on Marcella. The youngest of her children, Selena was known as the Queen of Tejano music. Her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Mourned by her family, but missed the most by her mother, Selena left behind a legacy for us all to remember. In this article, we take a closer look at the life of her mother, Marcella Samora.
Marcella was born in 1944 to a Texan father and a Coloradan mother. Born and raised in Washington, Marcella stayed in Washington which was where she met her husband, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. Abraham was stationed in Washington as a part of the US army military. The pair first met in 1961 and tied the knot in June of 1963.
Life as a mother:
After the pair had their first child, Abraham “A.B.” Quintanilla III, the pair decided to move to Texas, which was where they had their two kids, Suzette and Selena. Marcella sacrificed her career to raise her kids and stayed home, while her husband was moved around the US Army. Her husband, Abraham, was into music and taught his kids music and also formed a group Selena y Los Dinos around his three children. Of all her children, Selena became the breakout star and achieved worldwide fame.
Losing a child:
Selena rose to fame quickly. A connoisseur of the Tenjo style of music, Selena was not allowed to perform publicly, as Tenjo music was considered to be exclusive only to men. However, over the years Selena started gathering more attention due to her band Selena y Los Dinos.
Alongside her budding career as a musician, Selena also had an online boutique, which was managed by her friend, Yolanda Saldivar. Yolanda was also appointed as Selena’s agent in 1995, the same year she shot her. As it happened, Yolanda had embezzled a large number of funds by establishing a faux fan club. Not wanting to fire her friend and agent, Selena tried to confront Yolanda in her hotel room.
While Selena demanded answers, Yolanda took out a gun and shot Selena in the shoulder which severed an artery. Selena fled to the lobby and told the people at the Lobby that her manager had shot her. While Selena bled out before even reaching the hospital, Yolanda tried to fell from the scene and managed to steal a total of nine hours before she handed herself to the FBI. She was sentenced to prison for 30 years and was granted parole in 2005.
Honoring her daughter’s legacy:
Following the death of her youngest child, Marcella set up ‘The Selena Foundation’ which helped young children go to school. Marcella made a rare public appearance in 2017 when her daughter was awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Washington, United States
Abraham Quintanilla (m. 1963)
Suzette Quintanilla, A.B. Quintanilla III, Selena
Jovan Arriaga, Savani Quintanilla, Giani Quintanilla