Maricela Hinojosa LUBBOCK- Maricela Hinojosa, 63, of Lubbock, passed away on September 28, 2012. She was born on September 26, 1949, in Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Mari moved to Midland, Texas, with her family at the age of seven and became an American citizen. She graduated from Texas Tech in 1971 with a B.A. in Education and married her true love, Amado Hinojosa, on June 20, 1975. After teaching at LISD for several years, Mari set aside her career for nearly thirty years to teach her three children at home. She cherished the educational and career accomplishments of her children, a tribute to her legacy. After her children completed their education, she returned to the classroom to continue her life-long passion of teaching and helping children. Mari was a wonderful cook, artist, tireless church leader, and beloved schoolteacher, but most of all, she was a loving mother. She honored the Lord in all that she did and always put her family's needs before her own. Mari was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. She impacted countless lives by selflessly pouring out her life as a living sacrifice and is now resting in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Eccl 8:8, 2 Tim 4:6-8. Family and friends will gather to honor her memory at Guajardo Funeral Chapels in Lubbock from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012. A memorial and tribute service will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Guajardo Funeral Chapels with Rev. John Valenzuela, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Peaceful Gardens of Lubbock. Mari was preceded in death by her father, Ramon Hinojosa and her brother, Joel Hinojosa. She is survived by her husband, Amado N. Hinojosa; her three children, Samuel Hinojosa and his wife Christina of Fort Worth, Amanda Hernandez and her husband Jose of Dallas, and Abigail Hinojosa-Thompson and her husband Landon of Austin; her dear grandchildren, Naomi Hinojosa, David Hinojosa, and Max Hernandez; her mother, Estela Hinojosa of Midland; her brothers, Ezequiel Hinojosa, Ramon Hinojosa, Mario Hinojosa, Roland Hinojosa, and Herbey Hinojosa; her dearest sister, Adamina Silva; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that all memorials be made to the Maricela Hinojosa Harwell Elementary Dual Language Program Fund (M Hinojosa HDLP Fund). Please call the school for details at (806) 766-1711.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2012