Hilda O. Perez

December 4, 1928 ~ January 8, 2021 (age 92)


Hilda was born in Donna on December 4, 1928, to Antonio and Simona Ochoa. She graduated from Donna and played the Baritone in the band. After graduation Hilda worked at Puryear's, (shoe and clothing store), on Main Street in Donna,  she was the first Mexican American to be hired by that store, growing up she also worked at G.B Woods clothing store and Karam's. Hilda taught CCD for many years at St. Joseph Catholic Church and was the first paraprofessional to be hired by Donna ISD, she worked at the media center and with the Migrant programs. Over time Hilda also took on the task as a P.E. teacher for the children at Donna Elementary, she worked with the students and took them to compete in Punting and Passing football contests against other city schools, bringing home numerous trophies. Hilda also helped in the classroom as an aid, along with handling all of the districts records as the Donna ISD District Records clerk.  While working as a paraprofessional, Hilda attended Pan American College, taking night courses and raising a family alongside her husband. Overtime, Hilda joined VESA and was elected Treasurer and then President for a term. While in VESA, Hilda was the first individual to to get certified as a CEOE, Certified Educational Office Employee. She was also a member of TESA, Texas Educational Secretary Association. Hilda retired from Donna ISD after 33 years of dedicated service. 

Hilda used some of her time as a Lector at both St. Joseph Catholic Church and Christo Rey Catholic Church in Donna.  She loved helping out with the church in any capacity. She assisted with activities  that took place in the church bazaars through out the year. She enjoyed  assisting the church in selling tickets, collecting raffle tickets, working in the kitchen, selling plates and numerous booths during the church festivals. She was also a life long member of the association Catholic Daughter of America. 

Throughout her life, Hilda loved music, she loved to sing and she really enjoyed dancing. 

Hilda Married Ramiro Perez, from Starr County, on July 26, 1953. They had four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. 

Hilda was the kindest, most loving, caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother anyone could ever have. She was our "ROCK"! She religiously kept our family together. Family unity was always very important to her, family meant everything to her. She has taught us all that no matter what, family comes first and is most important over anything else. We all love her and will miss her dearly.

Hilda is preceded in death by her loving husband, Ramiro Perez Sr., parents: Antonio M & Simona A. Ochoa, siblings: Minerva Cavazos, Maria Luisa Ochoa, Antonio Ochoa Jr. and Alejandro Ochoa. She is survived by her siblings Irma Ochoa and Juan Ochoa, her four children: Maria Yolanda Cantu (David+), Anna Veronica Rangel (Pascual Jr.+), Ramiro Perez Jr., Gerardo Perez (Ana), and her grand children: Amanda Christine Delgado, Mark Anthony Delgado, Kristofer Ray Rangel, Kori Renae Rangel, Samantha Lizette Perez, Abigail Lynette Perez, and Great Granddaughter: Aubree Gabriela Reyna.


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January 12, 2021

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hawkins Funeral Home - Donna, TX
501 N. D. Salinas Blvd.
Donna, TX 78537

Graveside Service
January 13, 2021

11:00 AM
Rio Grande Veterans Cemetery
2520 Inspiration Rd.,
Mission, TX 78572

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