Hortensia “Tencha” Escudero Diaz Garcia A long time resident of Redlands, CA, died peacefully in her sleep on June 28, 2012 in her home. She was 83 years old. She was born in El Paso, Texas on January 23, 1929 to Ramon and Carolina Escudero.
Hortensia was the sixth of ten children. The Escudero’s moved from El Paso, Texas to Redlands, California when Hortensia was sixteen. She has lived in Redlands ever since. Hortensia was a hard worker all her life. During the depression she had to leave school and work to help her father support the family. She worked picking oranges and grapes up and down Hwy 99 corridor, worked in a fruit packing facility, and a battery plant.
In 1963 she was able to receive her high school diploma after attending night school. She had five children: Ernest, Carolina, Peter, David, and Randolf. Her five children were her pride and the love of her life. It was a tough time and she worked endlessly to provide everything she could for her children. Her no-nonsense style of parenting provided a strong, structured and loving environment. Her children knew they were loved at all times and that she would do anything for them. Hortensia met the love of her life, Joe Garcia in 1964. Their child, Jo D. Garcia was born in 1966. Joe and Hortensia have shared many wonderful and lovely times together over the last 48 years.
Their family has grown and includes many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom Hortensia loved and cherished with all her heart. Hortensia is survived by her husband, Joe A. Garcia, her children, Ernest Diaz, Carolina Wharton DuPont, Peter Diaz, David Diaz, Randolf Diaz, Jo D. Garcia, daughters-in-law, Christina Diaz, Susan Diaz, Laura Diaz, Paula Hunt, eighteen grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, two sisters, Beatrice Dimas and Arminda Holguin and her dog Tammy. She was preceded in death by her sister Rose Navarro, brothers, Oscar, Ramon, Salomon, Epimenio, Francisco and Guillermo Escudero.
There will be a Rosary for Hortensia held at Cortner Chapel in Redlands on Thursday, 7/5/12 at 7:00 PM. Catholic Mass will be held at St Joseph the Worker Church in Loma Linda at 10:00 AM on 7/6/12. Interment will be following the Mass at Hillside Memorial Cemetery.