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Hortencia Hinojosa Sloss, 90, our beloved sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend, entered into the glory of her eternal life on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, Texas, surrounded by her loving family.

Tencha, as she was affectionately known to all, was born in San Benito but had been a resident of Brownsville for numerous years. Tencha was a staple and familiar face to all those involved in the "arts" here in our community. She had been a volunteer at the Brownsville Art League for over 50 years and was currently the Administrative Director of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts. Tencha's passion in life was all forms of art and art expression.

Tencha was also a staunch Democrat and was quite active in local politics. Tencha was also a volunteer at both Clearwater and Ortiz Elementary Schools for over a decade as a "CARE" partner. In her younger years, Tencha worked as a reporter for the Brownsville Herald.

Tencha was the pillar of her family. She was the one who kept them all united and together. Tencha was a strong-willed woman who taught those around her to be strong and to never give up. Even up to the end she was in control.

Tencha was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by her family and friends but by all those fortunate to have known her.

Tencha was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse W. Sloss Sr.; her daughter, Roberta Joy "Bobbie" Saldivar; a stepson, Jesse W. Sloss Jr.; her parents, Natalia P. and Cresencio V. Hinojosa; a sister, Ruby Neece; and three brothers, Cresencio Jr., Enrique and Carlos Hinojosa.

Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of her are the four granddaughters who were her pride and joy, Rebecca J. "Becky" (Jorge) Robles, Roberta "Bobbie" A. (Stephen) Alvarez, Roxana "Roxie" M. Betancourt, and R. Michele Saldivar; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Tencha will also be missed by her two sisters, Dolores (Clyde) Witte and Elena (Henry+) Vergott and her four brothers, Daniel (Gloria), Raul, Richard (Barbara+), and Amador Hinojosa; and five stepdaughters, Mary Elsie Ireland, Sylvia Schroeder, Rose Marie de los Santos, Rose Lee Dorsey, and Bonnie Rigelsky and numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, and continue through 9 p.m. with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Road. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.

Stephen Alvarez Jr., Esteban Alvarez III, Rhyen Betancourt, Rudy Marks III, Ben R. Neece and Jorge Robles are honored to be serving as Tencha's pallbearers. Gustavo Saldivar, Chris and Mike Hinojosa, Duane Neece and Robert Vergott will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, Tencha's family asks that you please consider a memorial gift in her name to her beloved Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, Attn: Dee Ramirez, 660 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 542-0941.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook and send your condolences online to Tencha's family at www.darlingmouser.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Jan. 7, 2014
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