Discovering Henrietta: The Alabama woman who became Costa Rica’s first lady

The woman whose voice I was listening to that night was Henrietta Boggs, first wife of José “Pepe” Figueres, the woman who was at his side during his first forays into politics and his exile. She spent part of the revolution scrambling with her young children through the Cerro de la Muerte, or “Hill of Death,” carrying her youngest in her arms over the high, cold, rough terrain to escape enemy fire. Today, at 97, as the subject of a new documentary and a presenter at TEDx Pura Vida, it seems that Boggs is finally ready for her closeup.