My beautiful grandmother, Hermila Alba, or Guelita as she was affectionately known passed away last week at the tender age of 95. I had the opportunity to help take care of her the last few years and more so the last few months as her health declined, it as an honor and a privilege. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have seen part of this journey, but I wanted to write something here and give a brief explanation as to why I haven't been writing as much lately. She was a tremendous woman who will be greatly missed, but she is so happy to be reunited with Guelito that I can't but be happy for her. I love you Guelita.
Hermila Alba died on May 8, 2017, in the company of many loved ones. Hermila was born October 13, 1921, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to Refugio Salinas and Carolina Amezcua. She married Samuel Alba on January 23, 1943, later sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple October 18, 1949. They are the parents of twelve children.
Hermila was born October 13, 1921, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to Refugio Salinas and Carolina Amezcua. She married Samuel Alba on January 23, 1943, later sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple October 18, 1949. They are the parents of twelve children.
Hermila was educated in Mexico and graduated from a teacher's preparatory school in Saltillo, Coahuila with a teaching diploma. She returned to Piedras Negras where she taught at an elementary school. Education was always important in her life. She, along with Samuel, encouraged their children and supported their efforts in obtaining an education. All of her children were able to receive higher education and all but one received professional degrees.
Hermila was a member of the LDS church. She was baptized 5 years after marrying Samuel. She taught gospel doctrine in the Piedras Negras branch even before she was baptized. She served faithfully in virtually all church organizations. She had a passion for family history and genealogy. Through her efforts, more than 25,000 family names have been prepared for temple work. Hermila and Samuel served two full-time missions together, to the Dominican Republic and later in Barcelona, Spain.
Hermila loved to cook, sew, crochet and quilt. She made baby quilts for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They are heirlooms for all. She made the best tamales and flour tortillas. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren loved them. There always seemed to be enough left over to take home. She also loved all kinds of flowers.
Hermila was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel and three children, Samuel Rodolfo, Lidia Hermila, and Raymundo Erbey, by her parents and all but one of her five siblings. She is survived by her sister, Edna Naela Salinas, and by her children, 33 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.