Presidio native Juanita Hillin, 83, passed into heaven on December 21, 2018.
She was born June 27, 1935 to Florencio and Eleuteria Jimenez. Juanita was a twin, but her sister died two days after birth.
Juanita was educated in Presidio schools and in December 1960 she married the love of her life, Hubert W. Hillin. The newlyweds lived in Presidio until 1968 and by then the family included two sons, Lonny and Doug.
The young family moved to the Panhandle town of Friona after Hubert became a meat inspector with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The family relocated to several places over the years where Hubert’s job took him both in Texas and New Mexico.
They eventually settled in Garland, Texas, where Juanita worked for Garland ISD as a teacher’s aide, and a receptionist. She also was an English as a second language teacher to immigrant adults from Mexico, Asia and other countries.
Hubert passed away in 2001 and in 2002, Juanita returned to her hometown of Presidio to be close to her sisters Licha Jimenez, Ernestina Hernandez and her husband Salvador, who lived in Presidio, and to be near her brother Jose Eduardo “Lalo” Jimenez and his wife Frances who lived in Marfa, as well as to be close to other nieces and nephews and her son Lonny and his family in Van Horn.
While living in Presidio, Juanita became an Avon sales representative and for several years worked for The Presidio International newspaper.
She was a collector of arts and crafts, Beanie Babies, and collectible miniature cars. She enjoyed cooking and was a good cook.
Juanita was a Catholic and a member of Santa Teresa Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Hubert W. Hillin, her father, Florencio Jimenez, and her mother, Eleuteria Jimenez, her sisters, Elidia Molinar and Ernestina “Nina” Hernandez and her brother, Jose Eduardo “Lalo” Jimenez.
She is survived by her two sons, Lonny and his wife Linda Hillin of Van Horn and Doug and his wife Monica Hillin of Jacksonville, Florida.
Her sister, Alicia “Licha” Jimenez of Presidio, who lived with Juanita for several years until her death, also survives her.
She is also survived by six granddaughters, Vanessa, Alexandra, Holly (Joseph Corrales), Hillary (David Mendoza), Jennifer, and Stephanie. Four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson survive her, McKayley, Bella, Hayley, Ryley and David.
In addition to those above she is survived by many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly and who most came to her home for a family reunion at Thanksgiving.
Praying of the Holy Rosary was held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Santa Teresa Catholic Church in Presidio with Mass of Christian Burial afterwards officiated by Father Mike Alcuino. Burial was in Desert Hills Cemetery. She is buried in the Jimenez family plot next to her husband, parents and other family members. Now she has been reunited and rejoicing with all of them in heaven.
The Hillin family entrusted Alpine Memorial Funeral Home with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at: www.alpinememorialfuneralhome.com.