Racine woman hoping to spread mother's ashes in Puerto Rico stranded by Hurricane Maria

Hurricane delays woman's quest to spread ashes
Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 19:40:54-04

RACINE -- A Racine woman who wanted to lay her mother's ashes in Puerto Rico got caught in Hurricane Maria.

Angela Garcia's mother Virginia died September 2, at 96 years old.

"I didn't think about Jose as a threat at all; I did not know about Maria," said Garcia.

She learned the gravity of what was about to happen to the island when the cemetery she was going to take her mother's ashes announced they would be closed for at least two weeks.

She hunkered down in a rented condo, right on the ocean.

"I put a table on top of the pillows... that's where I stayed for five hours," said Garcia.

She made it out of Puerto Rico on a humanitarian United Airlines flight.

Angela plans to make it back to the island with her mother's ashes next year. 

She hopes more resources are distributed to the people who are suffering there.

More than 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico have been desperate for food, water and fuel.