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MARIE ROCAMONTES HENRIQUEZ, beloved mother and grandmother passed away on Monday, July 28, 2003, surrounded by her four daughters.

Born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico on June 25, 1940, she was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Fox Tech High School and later received her BAAS degree from Southwest Texas University. She resided in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for 20 years, the beautiful Caribbean country she considered home and where she leaves many long-lasting friendships and close family. Upon returning to San Antonio she commenced a career with the Alamo Community College District at San Antonio College. At the time of her death, she held the district level position of International Programs Coordinator, developing exchange programs that brought students to San Antonio by offering technical education, job training, and leadership skills development to young adults and leaders from communities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean under the auspices of the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships (CASS) through Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education and Development.

Taking numerous trips yearly for both business and leisure, her world travels satisfied her thirst for adventure and passion for exploration. Whether riding elephants in Thailand, climbing Machu Picchu in Peru or scaling volcanoes in Indonesia, she embraced foreign cultures, touched the lives of those she met and was the ultimate source of laughter, adventure and inspiration to all who knew her.

She is survived by her mother, Oralia Torres Rocamontes and brother Sergio Rocamontes; Daughters, Zhennia Silverman, and husband Peter and their sons Jon Maxwell and Reece Alexander of Houston, Texas; Daphne Gema Santana and Daughter Emma Alejandra Baxendale of Boston, Massachusetts; Clare Louise Santana of Houston, Texas; and Milagros Oralia Hensley, and husband Trevor and their son Parker Trent and future son Jacob Luis of Pasadena, California.

The family would like to extend their appreciation and thanks to the staff of South Texas Oncology and Hematology, Dr. Gladys Rodriguez, and the nurses of the Oncology floor at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital for their compassion, care and support.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 31, 2003 from 5 to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Zizik-Kearns-Riebe-Saunders Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 1st at San Fernando at 1:30 p.m. with interment following at San Fernando Catholic Cemetery No. II.

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