Rosa Helena Álvarez Yepes

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The Most Excellent
Rosa Helena Álvarez Yepes
First Lady of Colombia
In office
7 August 1982 (1982-08-07) – 7 August 1986 (1986-08-07)
Preceded by Nydia Quintero Turbay
Succeeded by Carolina Isakson Proctor
Personal details
Born (1924-11-15)15 November 1924
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Died 4 June 1998(1998-06-04) (aged 73)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Belisario Betancur Cuartas (1946-1998)
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Álvarez and the second or maternal family name is Yepes.

Rosa Helena Álvarez Yepes (15 November 1924 – 4 June 1998) was the wife of the 26th President of Colombia, Belisario Betancur Cuartas, and served as First Lady of Colombia from 1982 to 1986.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Rosa Helena was born in Medellín, Antioquia to Pedro Luis Álvarez and Evelia Yepes;[2][3] She was baptised on 15 November 1924.[4] On 21 January 1946, Álvarez married Belisario Betancur Cuartas at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel in Medellín.[4] Together they had three children, Beatríz Helena, Diego, and María Clara.


  1. ^ Ríos Peñaloza, Gilma (1 August 1996). "Primeras Damas del Siglo XX" [First Ladies of the 20th Century]. Credencial Historia (in Spanish). Bogotá: Colombia, Bank of the Republic (80). ISSN 0121-3296. OCLC 39236834. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Pachón Castro, Gloria (1969-10-01). "'Belisario, Conservador Solo de Nombre...' Dice Rosa de Betancur" [´Belisario, Conservative Only In Name..' Says Rosa de Betancur]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). Bogotá: 22. ISSN 0121-9987. OCLC 28894254. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Gallo Martínez, Luis Álvaro (October 2008). Diccionario Biografico de Antioqueño (PDF) (in Spanish). Bogotá. p. 61. ISBN 9789584439796. OCLC 778470130. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b García Vásquez, Julio César. Genealogía Colombiana (PDF) (in Spanish). Interconexion Colombia. p. 1533. Retrieved 5 November 2012.