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Hortencia “Tencha” Arellano

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September 21, 1948 - January 27, 2022

  • Hortencia “Tencha” Arellano

Hortencia “Tencha” Arellano was welcomed home by her loving Jesus on the evening of January 27, 2022. She left this earth in peace and in the comfort of her home and surrounded by her family. To have met our Tenchita, you would have inherited a friend for life and you would have been blessed beyond measure. Everyone loved Tencha. She was a woman of great character. She was the sweetheart of the family. She was a pillar of life and of hope for so many. Over the last few years, as life began to physically challenge Tencha, her mind, her spirit, her heart and her soul were strong and always in accord with her Savior. Even as she began to have further complications, she continued to be inspirational and she continued to be a beacon of wisdom and of knowledge for our family. In the mid 80’s, she co-founded Tencha’s Lunch Box. A few years later, she left the restaurant world to open up her retail shop called Casa Mejicana Arellano. After a few successful years, she closed her store and dedicated the rest of her life to being a wife, a mom and a caregiver for our Abuelita Salas. (They were two peas in a pod, for sure! Today, they are reunited and they are sharing tears of joy and of victory!) Tenchita was greeted by those who went before her and who prepared a banquet for her homecoming. She was welcomed by her daddy, Luis Salas, Sr., by her son JJ, her mamacita, Gregoria Salas, her sister Maria Pauda Salas, her brother, Manuel Salas, two sisters in law, Ramona and Maria and by her granddaughter, Zenida Gonzales. She will live on through her husband, Gabino Arellano, her two daughters, Carmen and Sonia, her son in law, Jimmy Gonzales and her five beautiful grandchildren, which she adored and protected like a Lioness. Tenchita had a pup named Oso. She’s never loved a pup like she loved her Osito. Tencha will also live on through her sisters, Paula Flores of Michigan, Dolores De Leon, Pam Rodriguez and Georgia Mansmith of Brownfield, by her brothers, Luis Jr. and Roberto Salas, also of Brownfield and she will live on through her many cousins, nephews and her nieces. Our Tenchita, our sweetheart, our creative cook and baker, our comedian, our defender, our leader of compassion and of sensitivity, our teacher of love and Faith, our bonita and hermosa is now, and forevermore, in the company of the Angels and of the Saints, she’s home. Rosary was held 6:00 pm Sunday, January 30, 2022 and Monday, January 31, 2022 at Brownfield Funeral Home. Hortencia “Tencha” Arellano’s Homecoming Celebration were 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Deacon George Holguin officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home.