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Herminia Silvas, 94, an elder of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Herminia and her husband, Pablo Silvas (Deceased), were instrumental in gaining official recognition for the Tigua Pueblo from the State of Texas in 1967 and later the Federal Government. Herminia, who was known for warmth and hospitality, was honored for her many contributions to rejuvenating the Tigua community, most recently by an exhibition in her honor at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology in February 2011. Herminia especially enjoyed feeding all-comers of the public in her home in the Barrio de Los Indios during the annual St. Anthony's day feast on June 13th. The photo above shows Herminia and Pablo at their home in 1965. An immense family surrounded Herminia. She had three sisters (Rosalia Bustamante, Alicia Ruiz, and Angelina Ortega), seven children (two sons, Tomas Silvas and Pablo Silvas Jr., and five daughters, Dora Beltran, Isabel "Negra" Reyes, Mary Belia Silvas, Mary Lou Olivas, and Susana Olivas), 36 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren. Serving as Pallbearers will be Tomas Silvas, Pablo Silvas Jr., Arturo Beltran, David Olivas, Pablo Silvas III, and Sammy Gutierrez. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jose Angel Holguin (her oldest great great grandchild) and Andy Jurado (Deceased). Services will be held for Herminia as follows: Viewing will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Ysleta Old Mission (131 S. Zaragoza Road) between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM, immediately followed by a Rosary at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:00 AM at the Old Mission on Thursday, May 2, 2012. A procession to Mount Carmel Cemetery will follow the mass. An all-comers dinner will be served at the tribe's Tuh-lah, located on Juno Place in the Barrio de los Indios, immediately following the services at the cemetery. Please join the members of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Herminia's final farewell. If possible, please wear an article of red clothing, as red was Herminia's favorite color. Services entrusted to the care of FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL MARTIN EAST 1460 GEORGE DIETER DRIVE EL PASO, TEXAS 79936. 915-855-8881.

Published in El Paso Times from Apr. 30 to May 7, 2013
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