Meet Maria Fundora. She’s a wife, mother, daughter, restaurateur, and in this case: the founder of Purple Pansies. The loss of her beloved mother, Iluminada Milian, led Maria to create Purple Pansies. Iluminada was the light in Maria’s family, and their family dynamic was forever changed after she passed away. Pancreatic cancer was the silent killer that lived within Iluminada for years before taking her life in 2007.