Carmen Hernandez Salazar

 Carmen H. Salazar died Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, 2020 in her home in Dripping Springs, Texas. 

To the people who loved, admired and respected her, she left them wonderful memories of a life well lived filled with love and laughter. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Emily Jean Fortuna (Ned, Dripping Springs) and Sylvia Annelle Gilbert (George, Nashville, TN); niece, Alicia Lee; three grandchildren, Grey Fortuna, Jennifer Gilbert and Trisha Fortuna (Jason McVearry); and one great granddaughter, Trevlyn Jo McVearry. 

A special mention to Tommie Gilliam and her son Frank, who always remembered her on Mother’s Day and Grandparents Day. To Arnold Alvarez who always called Carmen with all of the gossip and to the McVearry’s and to Olivia Devalle for taking such good care of her while she lived in Dallas. 

Carmen was born and raised in south Texas. She attended Texas A&I University (A&M), where she received her Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees. She worked in the south Texas area, Palito Blanco, Kingsville and Corpus Christi, before relocating to Dallas, where she retired after fifty years in her profession. Carmen was an avid reader, read the newspaper daily, beginning with the Sports section. She was an author herself. 

She traveled the world with her friends. She loved playing Bridge, often into the wee hours. She spent many Christmases in Las Vegas to visit and play the penny slots and loved to watch “Her Cowboys” play. She knew their schedule. One of her biggest thrills was attending a Cowboy game at AT&T stadium on her 100th birthday. 

Prior to her death, she told the hospice workers, “I’m not sick. I’m fine. My body is just old and weak.” In one of her poems she wrote,”growing old is difficult. One can choose to live or choose to exist. I choose to live.” And live she did with lots of love and laughter. Be not afraid for He is with you. 

Her body will be cremated and interred in a crypt with her mother at Cavalry Hill Cemetery in Dallas. A memorial service will be held in late January at St. Rita’s Catholic Church prior to internment. 

Condolences may be sent to: www.harrel l funeralhomes. com.

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