Obituaries – Esther Saenz Tarango

Esther Saenz Tarango was born on January 10, 1929 in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Tirso Saenz and Consuelo Navarette Saenz.  She passed away on June 12 in Odessa after a long illness.

Visitation was held on Friday, June 17 at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Services for Esther where held on Saturday, June 18 at The First United Methodist Church in Van Horn with Rev. Gerald “Jerry” Donovan officiating.  Burial followed at Van Horn Cemetery.

Those serving as pallbearers: Brien Gonzales, Mark Jacquez, Able Tarango, Jonathan Tarango, Danny Rivera and Christina Tarango.  Service entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home.

She married Enrique Barragan Tarango in 1947.  They were lifelong residents of Van Horn.  Esther was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Van Horn.

Esther is survived by her seven children.  Daughters Adalinda T. Rodriguez, Alicia Jacquez and her husband Guilleno, Abelardo Tarango, Adela Dees and husband Jackie, Joanna Talavera and her husband Joe, sons: Enrique Tarango, Jr. and wife Francisca, Alberto Tarango and wife Sara and nephew Dr. David Saenz and wife Claire.  24 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren, her brothers Triso Saenz and wife Arcelia and Tivo Saenz, her sister Tomasa Carrasco and her husband Cadelaria plus numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Enrique B. Tarango, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Esther was a housewife, housekeeper and dedicated seamstress.  She took great pleasure in her sewing. Esther’s daughters have great memories of the dresses that she made for them as little girls. The quilts that she would make from the leftover scrapes of fabric, she would make the girls quilts from the leftover fabric.   Everyone remembers the Cinco de Mayo dresses that she would make for some of the little girls in the annual school program.  All her children and grandchildren have quilts that she made for them.  As well as those in the community that have an item that Esther lovingly sewed for them.

She also took great pleasure in her daily bible readings as well as her personal ministry with the Methodist Church.  She took great pride in her yard and plants which brought her great joy in being in the outdoors.


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