Maria Elena Sernas
1970 - 2014
Mt. Carmel Funeral Home - El Paso
1755 N. Zaragoza
El Paso, TX
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.
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Thinking of you tonight.
January 15, 2019
she was the best math teacher i have ever had u are beautiful inside and out i miss you to death and love you you were like my real mom to me
michelle lopez
October 11, 2016
We will miss you Sernas.
ulises jauregui
September 10, 2015
I dreamt about you. I miss you. I still can't believe it.
September 9, 2015
Sernas' family may you find comfort in knowing that God has promised there will be a day when our love ones will live again here on earth not having to suffer or die
July 20, 2015
Sarah M.
June 16, 2015
Thinking of you. .
You are so missed my beautiful friend ♡
February 22, 2015
Dear Ms.Sernas family,i am one of ms.serans students.I wanted to tell you how the school is doing so far after the loss of our beloved teacher Ms.Sernas. It is a very big change to all the students in fourth grade.we had got a new teacher for ms.sernas classroom.Even though we have a new teacher we are all still very sad about ms.sernas loss.All of the fourth grade classes wishes deeply for Ms.Sernas to be here with us right now.even though she is not here right now she is always here with us in our hearts.whenever kids feel sad or mad they always remember her bright big smile she had on her face all day and everyday at all our classes we always use her advice she use to tell us.i am sorry for your loss. Ms.Sernas baby, Sofia.
January 12, 2015
Beautiful Mary, you are missed dearly. My heart still hurts. May you rest in peace.
December 29, 2014
Dear Yvonne, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know till this evening. I can't even imagine what you and your entire family are going through. Please accept my deepest and sincere condolences. I remember the wonderful times we had when Mary was at central office. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Christy Mijares
Christy Mijares
December 14, 2014
Our deepest condolences to the family of Mary Serna. She was bright, beautiful and genuinely cared for everyone. Rest in peace Mary and may God surround your family with his love.

Robert and Erika Fitzhugh, Douglas,AZ
Robert Fitzhugh
November 30, 2014
To The Sernas Family,
My deepest condolences to all the Sernas family. My prayers are with you. May God be with you during this difficult time.
Eliza Simental
November 30, 2014
Our deepest and most sincere condolences to all the family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May Jehovah continue to give you all strength to deal with such a tremendous loss.
Mark and Esther Fernandez
November 29, 2014
To the Sernas Family,
I am so sorry and saddened for your loss. Blessed to have known such a beautiful, bubbly, and caring person. May god be with you and your family. I will miss you so much. RIP your friend Laura Najera and family
November 28, 2014
Alex and April,
Our deepest condolences to you and all your family. Your mom was such a wonderful and caring mother as well as a fantastic teacher. May she rest in peace.

Ms. Barajas and Mrs. Mendoza
November 28, 2014
Maria Elena Sernas you were a great teacher.
November 27, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Serna family. I am so thankful to have known her beautiful laugh and heart.
Ida Muniz
November 27, 2014
Mary: you were such a beautiful and intelligent young lady. You will be missed by those of us that got to share your laughter and smile and your strong commitment to your family. Rest well. Charles
November 27, 2014
Mary you were such an amazing person! I'm so lucky to call you my friend. Our fabulous 5 is now 4 but you will live on forever. We miss you so much and love you. May you rest in peace our gorgeous friend.
Patricia Arroyo
November 27, 2014
I am so saddened by the loss of such a beautiful and wonderful person. My deepest sympathies to the Sernas family and her children. Mary will always be remembered for her bright and beautiful smile. Rest in Peace!
Lily Ortiz
November 26, 2014
Mary was such a beautiful person. She was such a great colleague to work with. We are grateful to God for allowing Mary to enter our lives. Her spirit will live on forever. God bless you Mary. May you rest in peace, until we meet again.
November 26, 2014
My heartfelt condolences for your loss...
Mygdalia Fierro
November 26, 2014
Her smile is embedded in my heart from the first time I met her and she was a toddler. Her brothers and sisters taking care of her. I am so glad that my sons and my youngest daughter met her. My youngest son Daniel. recalls our conversation and how much she made us laugh. Rest in Peace Mary. I know that my sons and daughters including me will have a Guardian Angel looking after us and your family.

Oscar Escarsega
November 25, 2014
Mary was a beautiful woman, inside and out. My condolences to her family.
Sylvia Hopp
November 25, 2014
We are sorry for your lost.
elvia and sal jr.
November 25, 2014
To Seranas Family, Son and daughter, Words can not express how saddened I was to hear of your loss. May the Lord Bless each and every one of you with comfort during this difficult time. I will always remember Mary as a Beautiful person inside and out, and her beautiful smile. May she rest in peace.
Respectfully, Eva Torres and Family
Eva Torres
November 25, 2014
To the Sernas family,

Words cannot begin to express how we were all struck with the news of your loss. I pray for your strength through the grace of God to pull you through this challenging time. It is with sincere sadness and humility, I extend to you my heart felt condolences.

James Guerra
November 25, 2014
Ms. Sernas you are the best teacher ever. I will miss you, but remember what you taught me always. Love your baby "Ms. Dimples"
November 24, 2014
I am so sorry this happened to deepest condolences to your family.
Bridgette Reyes
November 24, 2014
Mrs. Sernas was and always will be in our hearts. She had a sincere and caring way of reaching her students. There's a saying: students don't care about what you know until they know that you care. Mrs. Sernas had a way with kids that made them feel cared for and they very much cared about everything she knew. Heaven has definitely gained a beautiful angel inside and out. Prayers and Blessings to her family and friends.
Venessa, Isaac, Sebastian, Selinna Gutierrez / Munoz Family
November 24, 2014
Ms. Sernas was a good teacher. I miss her a lot. She was so nice to all the students. Ms. Sernas will always be in my heart. From your student.
Sofia Candelaria
November 24, 2014
I am very saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person. May God watch over her family and may she rest in peace. Our Father in heaven welcome her into your kingdom and please comfort her family during this most difficult time.
Antonio Morales
November 24, 2014
Mary was a beautiful human being. she was my dear friend, and i called her my sister. Mary touched so many lives with her loving heart and soul. I will cherish your friendship forever.
Carmen Tellez
November 24, 2014
You were an awsome teacher to me . Rest in peace. You were like a mother to me.
aylin gomez
November 24, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the Sernas Family and especially Mary's Children. My prayers for lifting the pain from all our hearts, She is most definitely in Our Heavenly Fathers arms and Kingdom. Mary will always be remembered for her sweet smile. A friend, Lucille Teran
November 24, 2014
Mary was so special with a beautiful heart and soul. Her love for Alex and April had no bounds. May God be with you and all of her family. I'm so very sorry.
Maryetta Cherry
November 24, 2014
Mary touched us all with her beautiful smile and spirit. May your loving family find comfort with each other in her spirit.
Kerry Sturgeon
November 24, 2014
Dear Sernas Family,
We are saddened by your unexpected loss of Mary. It is so tragic and we will miss her dearly. You have our deepest sympathy. We wish you peace. Dr. Dwayne and Michele Aboud
Michele Aboud
November 24, 2014
Our prayers are with you Alex and your family God bless your friends Eloy and Mary Beeville Tx
Eloy/Mary Ruiz
November 24, 2014
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Julie Camacho
November 24, 2014
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear,just know that you're in every thought and prayer.
November 24, 2014
I am so sorry for your great loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you family!!
Letty Carrillo
November 24, 2014
So sorry for your great loss! My thoughts and prayers are with your family!!
Letty Carrillo
November 24, 2014
Our prayers are with you and your family. You will be miss by your students and parents.
November 24, 2014
My prayers to the family in this difficult time, may the grace of God bless you and give you strength in this terribly sad time.
November 23, 2014
Our prayers are with your family.
Anthony & Larissa Ibarra
November 23, 2014
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