Remembering Elsa: Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Educator, and Friend.
Elsa I. Dominguez was born on September 19, 1957, in Marfa, Texas to Ruperto RC and Corina Ceniceros. She attended St. Marys Catholic School and Marfa High School.
After graduating from Sul Ross State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Spanish in 1978, she began her teaching career at Marfa High School, her alma mater. She met Leo Dominguez in a college class. They dated for three years and married on July 14, 1979, in Marfa, Texas. Monsignor David Fierro, cousin of Leo, presided over their marriage.
Elsa and her family lived in numerous places during their lives, following Leos career. Elsa decided to stay at home an raise her children in their various residences: Hobbs, New Mexico Brownfield, Texas Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic Danbury, CT, Dallas, Texas and Caracas, Venezuela. In 1993, the family returned home to Alpine, Texas, to raise their children and be closer to their families.
It was in Alpine, where Elsas career took off. She and her husband became entrepreneurs and opened Fashion Express, a retail clothing store in downtown Alpine. She returned to teaching at Alpine high School in 1995, where she taught English from the freshman to senior level along with Spanish at all levels. Elsa was known by her students for her lovely smile, her humorous stories, and creative teachings.
During summers, Elsa and Leo loved travel. Some of the places they adventured to included Italy, Turkey, Greece, England, France, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and Spain. Aside from traveling, Elsa loved to read everything People Magazine, Chicano Literature, romance novels, and suspense books. She loved psychological thrillers, investigative reporting, and documentaries.
She was a gifted person who excelled in many activities including her ability to prepare delicious meals, organize family functions, and participated in various community events and affairs.
Elsa shared 35 magical years of marriage to Leo G. Dominguez. She is survived by husband Leo daughters, Maritza and her husband Arturo Torres Ariana and Alesandra Dominguez older brother Alfredo Ceniceros Jr., younger sister Tere Jimenez mother Corina Ceniceros and a host of many loving nieces and nephews.
Rosary service was Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. and her Memorial Mass was Monday, October 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. both at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home was entrusted with her services.