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AGUILAR Elsa Yocavel passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the age of 32. She was born in El Paso, Texas on December 31st, 1979. She graduated from high school in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, attended Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Texas of El Paso in May 2006. While still enrolled at UTEP, she worked as a freelance interpreter for immigration courts in El Paso. Elsa also worked as a teaching assistant at UTEP and as an interpreter for State Farm Insurance while working towards her master's degree in linguistics. After becoming a certified federal court interpreter, Elsa worked for the United States District Court in Laredo, Texas and returned to El Paso in November 2011 to work for the El Paso Division of the United States District Court until the time of her death. Left to cherish Elsa's memory are her parents Jose Alfredo and Maria del Refugio, her sisters Sarah and Irais, her maternal grandmother, Guadalupe, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her two beloved cats, Spec and Equis. Though Elsa's life was brief, it was lived to the fullest extent and she touched the lives of many people with her kindness, sense of humor and warmth. The family wishes to thank the staff at East El Paso Physicians Medical Center, especially Stephen and Alfonso, for their care during Elsa's brief hospital stay. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Hillcrest Funeral Home Carolina with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday January 18, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Services under the direction of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME 1060 Carolina Dr. 598-3332

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Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 16 to Jan. 23, 2012.
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February 3, 2012
Que dolor tan grande siente mi corazón. No hay palabras para describirlo. Por más que intento buscar consuelo, no lo consigo. Confiamos en la promesa de nuestro Padre Celestial Jehová de que muy pronto te devolverá la vida. Hasta entonces, amiga querida. (clase 1998).
Rosalba Pagan
January 31, 2012
Te recuerdos siempre alegre y jovial que descanses en paz tremendos ser humano. RIP
Ana Ramirez
January 24, 2012
"Amiga, siempre fuiste y serás especial en la vida de muchos. Tu simpatía, gran sentido del humor, cariño, humildad, amor e inteligencia te caracterizaron y, quedan en nosotros. Le pido a Dios fortaleza para toda tu familia, amigos y compañeros. Te quiero mucho. Algún día nos veremos en el Paraíso. El Señor te bendiga, Elsa."
Áurea Caballero
January 22, 2012
I am so saddened to know of Elsa's death. She was a gracious and talented person. Elsa was by far the very best student I have had in all my literary translation classes at UTEP; she definitely had the magic touch! I was chair of department when she was a graduate student in linguistics at UTEP and I had the pleasure of reading student evaluations of the classes Elsa taught; somewhat shy outside of class, Elsa clearly was in her element in the classroom as a teacher and mentor. She was much loved by her students. My deepest sympathies to Elsa's family and to all her friends. I feel blessed to have known her.
Kirsten Nigro
January 22, 2012
Que tristeza...tremendo ser humano, te recuerdo con mucho cariño, todos los días paso por la casa que vivistes tanto tiempo...mi mas sentido pésame a la familia...
Yarleen Monserrate
January 22, 2012
Sabes, en estos dias he pensado mucho en ti. En lo importante que es aprovechar cada minuto antes de que llegue nuestro dia. Por tu pronta partida, inspiraras a muchos, como lo hiciste en vida, a mejorar. Gracias de nuevo por todo!!!! Abrazos alla donde estes Elsa!!!
Franchesca (Lino Padron...clase '98)
Franchesca L. Rivera Santana
January 22, 2012
I still can't believe you are gone. I will always remember your beautiful, humble and inspiring ways. You will be missed.
Jodie Ramirez
January 22, 2012
a solo semanas de compartir junto a ti, era facil predecir que serias una enorme meta en mi vida, eras todo lo que cualquier persona hubiera deseado ser....
David Cedeño
January 21, 2012
Fuistes un angel en la vida de todos los que te conocimos,dejastes una huella en nuestras vidas ,hoy abres tus alas para volar hacia el cielo,con DIOS,siempre seras nuestro angel.
Hector L. Lopez
January 21, 2012
Nos ha sorprendido la triste noticia. A través del tiempo y la distancia, acompañamos en su dolor a todos los amigos y familiares de Elsa, compañera de la clase del 98.
¡Hasta que nos volvamos a encontrar!
Elsia y tus amigos de teatro de la Lino Padrón
Elsia Cruz
January 21, 2012
Te recordaremos siempre Elsa :(
Sandra Lugo
January 21, 2012
Que descanse en paz y que Dios le de Fortaleza a such Familia. Siempre te recordaremos. Class 1998
Yaritza Martinez
January 21, 2012
Elsa t recordaremos siempre tus amigos d la lino padrón 98
Claribell Clarin
January 20, 2012
Te recordaremos siempre Elsa....con carino Franchesca y todos los de la Lino Padron de Vega Baja. Una abrazo a tu familia.
Franchesca Rivera
January 20, 2012
Elsa was a great editor. I am greatful for her support. Estoy pensando en tí con mucho cariño.
January 20, 2012
Elsa, siempre has tenido mi admiración y respeto. Tu brillantez y humildad a la vez será recordada por siempre. Gracias por permitirme tu amistad. Familia Aguilar, solidariamente me uno a ustedes a esta pérdida y que Dios los bendiga siempre.
Susana Hernandez
January 20, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Aguilar family. Elsa was a friend of mine from Princeton and one of the few students representing the Southwest (I came from Alamogordo, NM). I loved her warmth, wit and humor. I wish her love and eternal peace. Brigitte Anderson
Brigitte Anderson
January 19, 2012
We love you...Cuca, Alfredo, Sara, Irais & Tia Lupe we are very sorry that we couldn't be with you in this sorrowful time. Elsa was very welcoming, kind hearted and caring and we will miss her dearly. God needed a special Angel that is unique, awesome, loving, caring, giving, joyful to keep watch over his children and he blessed Elsa to stand by his side. God always fill you with treasured loving happy memories of our loving adorable Elsa. May our Beloved Merciful Loving Lord God always surround you with loving family and friends... guide, protect, and shower you with many Graces. We Pray: Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ protect, guard, guide, cover and clease you with his love, that the Holy Spirit fill you with peace, and make you Holy + that Our Blessed Mother's heavenly mantle of love surround you and keep you close that all the Saints and Holy Angels intercede for you now and forever. Please know that You are always in our hearts & in our prayers. We love & miss you dearly. We send you big bear hugs, and kisses. + God bless you always! + with Love, Gabriel D & Sylvia Perez
Gabriel D. & Sylvia Perez
January 19, 2012
Elsa, you left your mark in the Federal
Courts in Laredo since you were a very
good friend to all of us and a great interpreter. I will always remember your wit and patience. My deepest condolences to your family that you
loved so much.
Ina A. Pool
January 19, 2012
Elsa, my young friend and respected colleague, you are sorely missed. I thank God I had the chance to count you as a friend.
Ana Maria Koency
January 19, 2012
Angelica Silva
January 19, 2012
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and prayers. I know my Tia Lupe, Tia Cuca, Tio Alfredo, Irais and Sarah need all the love and support they can get. Thank you for letting them know that Elsa was loved and that she will be remembered. God Bless.
Jackie Villegas
January 17, 2012
You were friend and family to me. You will always have a special place in my heart. You are irreplaceable. I'll always miss you. I love you, Elsa. You and your family are in my prayers. Deepest, heart-felt sympathies to the Aguilar family.
Erin GreyBull-Harrison
January 17, 2012
Elsa you will be missed forever. Love you and my deepest condolences to your loved ones.
sandy martinez
January 17, 2012
I worked with Elsa here in Laredo Federal Court and she was always very sweet and courteous. She will always have a special memory in my heart. My accept my condolences and my prayers are with all her family. Terry De Hoyos
Terry De Hoyos
January 17, 2012

I will miss you and our chats on how our cats were promised to each other. I find comfort knowing you are now an angel watching over those who love you!
Irene Sanchez
January 16, 2012
My dearest "Elsa Welsa,"

I will miss your bright eyes, darling smile, quick wit, your kind heart and our friendship. I love you my dearest Elsie, you will always hold a special place in my heart. "May you find comfort in the arms of an Angel."

My deepest condolences to the Aguilar Family, may you find peace and strength through our Lord.
Gloria Diaz
January 16, 2012
Elsa was such a bright professional woman to work with. She was sweet and kind and I loved learning Spanish from her. My heart goes out to her family.
January 16, 2012
Te voy a extrañar muchísimo. Te quiero.
Cómo te admiraba, te admiro.
Jenny F. Morales
January 16, 2012
Teresa Luque
January 16, 2012
Cuca, Alfredo, Sara, Irais, y Tia Lupe,
Les mandamos un gran abrazo y muchas oraciones. Pedimos que El Senor los bendiga, y que puedan retener las lindas memorias que Elsa ha dejado. No dejamos de pensar y mandar bendiciones para ustedes.
Los queremos mucho y nos gustaria acompanarlos en este tiempo, pero no es posible de hacerlo personalmente.
Que Nuestro Senor Jesus El Cristo los acompanie y les de la fortaleza que se necesita para comprender estas cosas.
Les deseamos lo mejor.
Alan y Magdalena (Vargas) Hinckley
Magdalena Hinckley
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