Not everything was perfect, though. Although Melendez says she regrets little about her life, she admits that there was one problem with her marriage: she and Gonzalez wanted to have a family, and yet they couldn’t.
You see, Melendez had found herself unable to conceive. It was, then, a dream that would never be fulfilled for the couple. “We suffered tremendously for this reason,” she explained to CNN in 2015.
Despite this one obstacle, however, Melendez and her husband went on to live long and happy lives. Still, this wasn’t a forgone conclusion. At one point – five decades ago – Melendez was diagnosed with a tumor in her stomach, and yet she didn’t have the surgery to get it removed. Surprisingly, though, she appeared to suffer no ill effects from the growth.