Maria Elena "Mary" Sernas, 44, died in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday, November 20, 2014. She was born on July 13, 1970, in El Paso, TX to Lucia Sernas and Cesar Sernas. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso and received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2003. She graduated from the university Summa Cum Laude. Since 2004, she worked as a teacher at William D. Surratt Elementary School and was awarded Campus and District Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2010. Mary will be especially remembered for the unconditional and deep love she had for all with whom she came in contact. She was first and foremost a devoted mother and intensely loved her two children, Alex and April Lara. Her children were her world, and they were her motivation in life and the reason for her success. She was also a devoted daughter and loving sister, aunt, and friend. She taught her family and friends how to love with a genuine and selfless heart and was always willing to give all she had. She was passionate about education, not only for herself and her children, but for her students whom she affectionately referred to as "my babies." She loved her students deeply and is warmly remembered for challenging them and turning them into "walking dictionaries." She will forever be remembered for her contagious laughter and her bright, beautiful smile that lit up any room she walked into. Mary is survived by her children, Alex Lara and April Lara; her parents, Lucia Sernas and Cesar Sernas; her brothers, Cesar Sernas (Monie Sernas), Sergio Sernas (Adriana Sernas), Fernando Sernas, Salvador Sernas and Hector Sernas (Vickie Sernas); her sisters, Olga Villarreal, Dora De La Rosa, Yvonne Torres (Ray Torres) and Martha (Rosie) Sernas; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life at 5:30 pm at Mt. Carmel Funeral Home on 1755 N. Zaragoza Rd, El Paso, TX.
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Published by El Paso Times from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, 2014.