The Miami Herald
May. 17, 2003

Daughter of former Nicaraguan strongman dies in Washington

  WASHINGTON - (AP) -- Lillian Somoza de Sevilla Sacasa, the only daughter of the founder of the Somoza family dynasty in Nicaragua, died Wednesday in
  Washington, the Nicaraguan Embassy announced. She was 82.

  The cause of death was not disclosed.

  Sevilla Sacasa's father, Anastasio Somoza Garcia, took power in the mid-1930s. He and his sons controlled the country until the Sandinista revolution in

  Somoza Garcia decorated the córdoba, the Nicaraguan currency, with Ms. Sevilla Sacasa's picture between 1940 and 1960.

  In the 1979 revolution, the Sandinistas ousted Sevilla Sacasa's brother, President Anastasio Somoza Debayle, who was killed in 1980 while living in exile
  in Paraguay.

  Sevilla Sacasa's late husband, Guillermo Sevilla Sacasa, served as ambassador to the United States from 1943 until the Sandinista takeover 36 years
  later. He was longtime dean of the diplomatic corps.