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May 6, 1929 - February 13, 2017 Corinne-Marie de Hoyos, IHM, died at age 87 of cardiac arrest on February 13 in Los Angeles. She had been a member of the Immaculate Heart Community for 70 years. Corinne-Marie was born to Carolina and Manuel de Hoyos in San Antonio, Texas. With her brother, Hector Javier and sister, Carolyn Rebecca, the family moved to Los Angeles in 1943, where she attended Catholic Girls H.S. After graduating she entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart in 1947, earning her B.A. and M.A. from Immaculate Heart College. A recipient of several grants, she traveled to Europe, took courses at the University of Madrid, Spain, and traveled to Mexico, enriching her cultural heritage and deepening her love of language, music, and the arts. She initiated and organized the pilgrimage for IHMs and friends in 1998 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Olot, Spain, in 1848. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart separated from the Spanish order in 1924. For 48 years, Corinne-Marie taught grammar school, junior high, college, adult education, and led several tours to Mexico and to Spain. She loved music and dance; she instilled in her 8th grade students a love of opera and got them started in square dancing when she taught at the IHM school in Camarillo. At Immaculate Heart High School., Corinne-Marie started the AP Spanish Language program; her students achieved top scores and honors. The AP Spanish Language and Literature program continues today at IHHS. She cherished and was very proud of her Hispanic roots and communicated this to her students through the Spanish Club, a tutoring center, and the annual celebration of October as Hispanic Culture month. Guest speakers were prominent Latinas, who shared their experience in leadership roles in Los Angeles government and culture and inspired students to pursue careers as women in leadership roles. Corinne-Marie served on several IHM Community committees and enjoyed participating in life and activities at the IHM Residence in Los Angeles, where she lived with her mother, who died in 2012 at age 104. Corinne-Marie's legacy lives on at the Immaculate Heart H.S. program and in the lives of students in whom she inspired love of their culture, especially language and music. She was a stamp collector, amateur photographer, and an aspiring pianist. IHM Community members are grateful for her gifts as an educator and her sense of humor, her kindness and generosity. She is survived by her niece, Rebecca Garay of Rancho Cucamonga, her nephew, Mark Anthony Garay of Riverside, her grandniece Celia Garay of Phoenix, AZ, and her cousins, Rose Vallejo, Maria Elena Salas, Rachel Chase, and Minerva Perez. The memorial Mass to celebrate Corinne-Marie's life will be held on Tuesday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, 532 So. Atlantic Ave., LA 90022, and followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery, 966 Potrero Grande Dr., Rosemead 91770. In honor of the life of Corinne-Marie de Hoyos, IHM, donations may be made to Immaculate Heart Community, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 25 to Mar. 5, 2017
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