Elda Hernandez Leyva, 87, who was born in Marfa, Texas on March 16, 1931 passed away peacefully at her El Paso home on July 23, 2018. The Holy Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine on Saturday, September 8 at 9:30am and 10am, respectively for Elda and her late husband, Augustine, who was cremated. Burial will be in Holy Angeles Cemetery in Alpine. Elda was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Augustine R. Leyva on November 20, 2014 in El Paso. Elda is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Leyva; a son, Reymundo Leyva (Mary Kae); four grandchildren, Richard, Eileen Contreras (Federico), Tahlia Rae and Elijah Rey; two greatgrandchildren, Diego and Nadia Contreras; sisters Oralia Avila (Johnny), Linda Morton (Tom, deceased), Elisa Sands (Herb) Sally Roblin (Dave); brothers Eloy Hernandez (Sylvia), Martin Hernandez (Miriam) and Elfi do Hernandez (deceased). Elda attended Centennial School in Alpine, and she was honored last summer as a Grand Marshal of the 2017 Fiesta del Barrio, recognizing Centennial Exes, including Delma Hernandez Molinar, Lydia Gallego Leyva, and Irene Gallego Espinoza. Elda was loved by her family and friends for her caring and supportive nature, and for her resilience in the face of obstacles. Elda took aerobics classes until the age of 86 at El Paso Parks and Recreation Carolina Center. When an exercise was too diffi cult, she danced her way through. Her dedication to fi tness was an inspiration to the class led by Becky Becerra, as well as for her family and friends. Elda’s favorite prayer was the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. The family thanks Hospice of El Paso, especially Valeria Rodriguez, CNA, for their kindness and generosity.

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