Bertha Puga Martínez

The Most Excellent
Bertha Puga Martínez
First Lady of Colombia
In office
7 August 1958 (1958-08-07)  7 August 1962 (1962-08-07)
Preceded by Carola Correa Londoño
Succeeded by Susana López Navia
Personal details
Born (1909-03-13)13 March 1909
Temuco, Araucanía, Chile
Died 9 August 2007(2007-08-09) (aged 98)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Citizenship Colombian
Nationality Chilean-Colombian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Alberto Lleras Camargo (19311990)
Relations Arturo Puga Osorio (father)
  • Consuelo Lleras Puga
  • Alberto Lleras Puga
  • Ximena Lleras Puga
  • Marcela Lleras Puga
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Puga and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Bertha Puga Martínez (13 March 19099 August 2007)[1] was the wife of the 20th President of Colombia, Alberto Lleras Camargo, and served as First Lady of Colombia from 1958 to 1962.[2] She was also the daughter of Arturo Puga Osorio, Chairmain of the Government Junta of Chile in 1932.

Personal life

Bertha was born on 13 March 1909 in Temuco, Chile to Arturo Puga Osorio and Bertha Martínez.[3] She moved to Colombia with her family when her father was named Ambassador of Chile to Colombia, and it was then that she met her future husband Alberto Lleras Camargo, whom she married on 10 August 1931.[4] Alberto and Bertha had four children: Consuelo, Alberto, Ximena, and Marcela.

See also


  1. "Murió Bertha Puga Martínez, esposa del ex presidente Alberto Lleras Camargo". El Tiempo (in Spanish). Bogotá. 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  2. 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.
  3. Restrepo Sáenz, José María (1995). Genealogías de Santa Fe de Bogotá (in Spanish). Bogotá: Editorial Presencia. p. 4. OCLC 28546996. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  4. Adames, Luis Carlos (1999). Periodistas, violencias y censuras (in Spanish). Bogotá: Fundación Universidad Central. p. 76. ISBN 9789582600167. OCLC 43363444. Retrieved 11 November 2012.

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