Mari Goyco was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. After graduating from Colegio del Sagrado Corazon (Las Madres), she married Rafael Goyco and embarked on a beautiful journey following his Air Force career and living in many cities in the U.S. In 1978, the couple came to San Antonio for the first time and fell in love with the city. They knew then they wanted to come back and they did. To their surprise, they found there was a beautiful Puerto Rican community in San Antonio and a fantastic organization promoting our culture throughout the city.

In 1974, Mari joined the Red Cross Volunteer program and offered her services at the Air Force Base clinics. At Torrejon Air Base (Spain), she was hired as Civilian personnel (GS4) and worked as an oral surgeon technician. She was also trained and certified as an OR Tech. During that time through the Red Cross program, Mari trained young ladies to become excellent dental assistants.

Mari joined the Sociedad Herencia Puertoriquena in 2001. She’s held the positions of president, vice-president and treasurer. She has also served as chair of the Three Kings celebration event and worked with the Festival de Puerto Rico Artisan committee, and the Scholarship Committee. Being part of this organization has enriched her knowledge of our culture, customs, history and traditions, which she proudly shares with the community of San Antonio.

Mari is a retired Oral Surgery Assistant (UTHSCSA grad), an avid genealogy researcher, fun traveler, music lover and Cuatro player. Mari is also a mother of three great sons named Rafael, Jorge and Carlos. She is also a grandmother, great-grandmother, Zumba queen, plus more.