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12/30/1924 - 12/15/2018
Burial Date 12/20/2018
Funeral Home San Jose Funeral Home (Eastside)
Cemetery Fort Bliss National Cemetery
Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Holy Family Church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Praying of the rosary will begin at 11:00 am. The funeral mass will begin at 12:30 pm. Interment will follow at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery at 2:00 pm.
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Angelina “Nina” Duran Dominguez, our devoted sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and protector, lion, angel, and friend, passed peacefully in the comfort of the home she and her family built on December 15, 2018, at the tender age of 94. A child of El Paso, the border community she cherished, Nina was an entrepreneur and owner of the Papagayo Motel, Restaurant and Bar on Alameda Boulevard, and later the Papagayo Apartments on Doniphan Drive, and the Papagayo Family Store on East Montana. A member of the Greatest Generation, she endured the perils of the Great Depression with her family in the barrio of San Juan, her husband’s service in the European theatre in World War II, her brother’s tour in the Korean War, and the societal redefinition that opened doors for her children and grandchildren to succeed as merchants and educators, lawyers and artists. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren – grown and educated are spread from New York City to San Antonio, and El Paso to Denver. She bore the early death of her little brother, and later that of her own son, a beloved niece, and later two brothers and a sister, but never lost her love of accomplishment, celebration, loud music, and dancing – especially when one of the many children who ate, drank and slept under her roof was involved.
Blessed by a sharp mind, and a keen insight, our “Grandma” was a stunning beauty, tall and elegant, with flashing blue eyes and auburn hair, who made adobes and tamales, drank tequila and smoked cigars, bet on greyhounds, and shot marbles with the kids, and never, never, turned away a traveler or family member passing through. In her home you got an abrazo, a meal, and, if necessary, a kick start to your next adventure – regardless of age, relation, prior offense, or character flaw. Nina was a Christian in the simplest and purest sense – she cared and she demonstrated that caring in deeds.
Angelina has said goodbye to, and now has rejoined, her beloved father and mother Leonardo and Matilde Duran, her adoring husband Rafael Dominguez, and her son Rafael Dominguez, Jr., her brothers Leonardo, Raul and George Duran, and her lifelong companion, sister Matilde Duran. She is survived by sisters Elva Gonzalez and Emma Bencomo (Jaime), her daughters Neva D. Carrillo (Raul) and Nina Marie O’Daniel (Sandy), and grandchildren, Raul A. Carrillo, Jr., Monalinda Daniel, Eric Steinmeier; Angelina Philbin, and Jeremiah Dominguez, and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, all of whom were guided, loved, sheltered and fed by her.
The family wishes to thank Jaime Villalva and Vangie Aguilera from Mariposa Hospice for their kindness and support – may God bless you both.
Visitation is Thursday, December 20, at Holy Family Church, 104 Fewel, El Paso, at 10:00 am. Praying of the rosary at 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at 12:30, followed by burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.