Saturday, 22 October 2016
The founder of Women's Freemasonry in Uruguay died last week in Montevideo. The news was announced with grief by the Masonic Agency: Last week passed away the first Grand Master of Feminine Freemasonry in Uruguay, Alicia Margarita TOYOS YANEZ. She was the one who founded, along with other members of the Craft the first Feminine Grand Lodge in history of this country, with the support of the Feminine Grand Lodge of Chile. Her death left the family in grief, as well the Masonic community in Uruguay and in Latin America. In her memory, the Masonic Agency decreed on 14, 15 and 16 October 2016 days of mourning. Alicia TOYOS was the only woman who held the title of Honorary Member of the Masonic Agency and was an ally of the principles promoted by the Masonic Agency. At the beginning of the ordinary session of the Council today it was held a moment of silence, and the President stated: God also needs good people!
Alicia Toyos was the founder of the Feminine Grand Lodge of Uruguay and it was preparing in the following year to lay the foundation of the first AASR Feminine Supreme Council in the country. She founded the Grand Lodge with the help of the Feminine Grand Lodge of Chile and for the AASR she was receiving support form the AASR Feminine Supreme Council of France. She was close with the newly elected President of the Masonic Agency's Council and a few years ago she granted an exclusive interview to the Masonic Agency, being the first and sole woman Freemason to be interviewed by the Agency.
Excerpt from the interview: What is the relationship between the Feminine Grand Lodge of Uruguay and the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry of Uruguay? And how does this bilateral relationship manifests? The relationship between the two mentioned Obediences is one of respect, cordiality outside the Temple and joint social work.