Providencia Paredes, the special assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy when she was first lady, died on Wednesday in Washington. She was 90.
Her son Gustavo announced the death on his Facebook page.
Ms. Paredes helped the first lady keep track of her engagements, field phone calls and deal with fashion designers. She also traveled the world with Mrs. Kennedy, helping her practice Spanish in advance of speeches in Latin American countries. Ms. Paredes was born in the Dominican Republic in 1924.
Her son said Ms. Paredes selected the light pink suit that the first lady wore on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.
Ms. Paredes told Fox News Latino in 2013 about seeing Mrs. Kennedy for the first time after the president was killed. “We went into a room, just she and I,” she said, “and she broke down. She said, ‘They could have killed me too.’ She said she was very afraid.”
Ms. Paredes remained close to the Kennedy family after Mrs. Kennedy married the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and took his name. She worked for Senator Robert F. Kennedy until his assassination in 1968.
Besides her son Gustavo, she is survived by another son, Hector, and four grandchildren.