From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Statement In Honor of Tina Burgess-Coan

May 21, 2003

"Mr. Speaker, it is with great personal sadness that I rise to pay tribute to Tina Burgess -Coan , who died peacefully on May 12, 2003. Beloved wife of the late Judge George ``Papito George'' Coan and devoted mother of William and Robert Burgess , she was a friend to so many and we were blessed to have her with us. Thank you, William and Robert, for sharing your wonderful mother with us.

"Tina Burgess -Coan , affectionately known as ``Mama Tina ,'' was born in Colombia, South America. In Colombia, she studied with the Carmelite Sisters and acquired the spiritual foundation for a life of charity and giving. Her relationship with the Carmelite Sisters continued to grow and guide her life of social and political activism.

"On her way to San Francisco she spent time in Hollywood where she perfected her glamorous style, but we are so fortunate that she chose our city of San Francisco to be her home.

"Mama Tina came into my life during my first term in Congress. Through the years, she continued to extend her loving support and generosity to my family and friends. She was actively involved throughout the San Francisco community, serving numerous neighborhood groups and individuals. Always there when she was needed, she gave abundantly of her time, her wisdom, and her delicious home-cooked meals.

"Words cannot express my appreciation for Mama Tina's many years of love, generosity, and friendship to my family and the San Francisco community. Wherever she went, she made everyone feel a part of a large, caring family. She was one of a kind.
We will miss Mama Tina terribly but are grateful for every day we had with her".




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