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Providencia Paredes
Born 1924
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Died March 18, 2015(aged 93)
Religion Roman Catholic

Providencia F. Paredes (1924 – March 18, 2015) was the personal assistant to the First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.[1]


A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Parades arrived in the United States in 1948 with Francisco Thomen, Ambassador to the United States from the Dominican Republic. At the conclusion of the Ambassador’s term in Washington, D.C., she returned to the Dominican Republic and was reunited with her first child, Hector, who was born in 1945. Several years later, Provi (as she is known to friends) returned to the United States, where she remarried Gustavo G. Paredes, a former member of the Colombian navy and merchant marines.[2] and gave birth to her second child, Gustavo, in 1954.

In 1957, Senator John F. Kennedy’s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, introduced Paredes to Senator Kennedy. After meeting Mrs. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Provi began working for the Kennedys in their Georgetown home. Upon Senator John F. Kennedy’s election as President, Paredes became a U.S. citizen and accompanied the Kennedys to the White House and was employed as Mrs. Kennedy’s private attendant. Her role was noteworthy in that she was the only staff member of Hispanic descent in the Kennedy administration's inner circle. Chief among her duties was the care and oversight of the First Lady’s extensive wardrobe and personal accessories.

During the Kennedy White House years, Paredes traveled widely with both the President and Mrs. Kennedy. She accompanied President Kennedy on trips and official state visits to Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, France, Mexico, and England, and was a companion to the First Lady on trips to Mexico, India, Pakistan, Italy, Greece, Cambodia, Thailand, Turkey and Switzerland. While many trips were official business, others were personal.

After President Kennedy’s assassination, Paredes worked for Robert F. Kennedy until his untimely death, and for Senator Edward M. Kennedy briefly. In 1969 she assumed a position in the United States Postal Service Library Division from which she retired in 1992 after thirty one years of public service. After her death in May 1994, Mrs. Onassis remembered Ms. Paredes in her final will, leaving her a total of US$50,000 in gratitude for her assistance and friendship.[3] Ms. Paredes and her son, Gustavo, who was a good friend of Ms. Onassis's son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. attended her burial at Arlington National Cemetery on May 24, 1994.[4]

Paredes and her family maintained a close relationship with many members of the Kennedy family.

Paredes died on March 18, 2015 at the age of 90.[5]


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Washington Post

Washington Post
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:49:38 -0700

Days before the doomed trip to Dallas, President John F. Kennedy gave her a call. He said his first lady needed an outfit appropriate for Texas weather. So Providencia Paredes picked out a pink Chanel suit and matching hat now remembered hauntingly in ...

Financial Times

Financial Times
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:02:29 -0700

By job description, Providencia Paredes was personal assistant to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. In reality, she was the first lady's confidante, sometimes her rock. “Provi”, as the presidential couple called her, was often described as Jackie's right ...


Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:09:36 -0700

Providencia Paredes, The Dominican Immigrant Who Become Jackie Kennedy's Special Assistant, Has Died At The Age Of 90. Jackie Kennedy, John F Kennedy. Picture: Jackie Kennedy Onassis, John F Kennedy wax work Madame Tussauds International ...

Fox News Latino

Fox News Latino
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:03:45 -0800

Barely hours after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago, Providencia Paredes received a call. It was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She needed an outfit right away – she was still wearing the now famous pink suit stained with the ...


Wed, 13 Nov 2013 04:53:02 -0800

Providencia Paredes, who was always by Jackie's side, dishes on the first lady's darkness following her husband's assassination in Dallas. But Paredes still admires Jackie's resolve to protect her kids in the endless days following the assassination ...

Periódico Primicias

El Nuevo Diario (República Dominicana)
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:03:45 -0700

NUEVA YORK.- La dominicana Providencia Paredes, quien murió el miércoles de la semana pasada, fue asistenta especial, confidente, mucama y también le enseñó a hablar las primeras palabras en español a Jacqueline Kennedy, entonces Primera ...

People Magazine

People Magazine
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:45:31 -0700

Described by her nephew Ian Roberts as "one of the classic English nannies," Shaw tended to Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr.'s every need for seven and a half years, until she retired in 1965. But she was more than just their governess. She "was ...

El Sol de la Florida

El Sol de la Florida
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:32:01 -0700

Palacio Nacional, R.D.-El Presidente de la Republica Dominicana Danilo Medina Sanchez expresó sus condolencias a los hermanos Héctor Corporán y Gustavo Paredes por el fallecimiento de su madre, doña Providencia Paredes, primera dominicana en ...

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