Well-known Alpine teacher dies in wreck

ALPINE – One of Alpine's most respected and popular teachers and her mother died in a wreck this past week during a trip to the Permian Basin for medical appointments. Teacher Elsa I. Dominguez was born on Sep.19, 1957, in Marfa to Ruperto “RC” and Corina Ceniceros. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Marfa High School. After graduating from Sul Ross State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Spanish in 1978, she began her teaching career at Marfa High School, her alma mater. She met Leo Dominguez in a college class. They dated for three years and married on July 14, 1979, in Marfa. Monsignor David Fierro, cousin of Leo, presided over their marriage. Elsa and her family lived in numerous places during their lives, following Leo’s career. Elsa decided to stay at home and raise her children in their various residences: Hobbs, New Mexico; Brownfield; Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic; Danbury, CT; Dallas; and Caracas, Venezuela. In 1993, the family returned home to Alpine, to raise their children and be closer to their families. It was in Alpine, where Elsa’s career took off. She and her husband became entrepreneurs and opened Fashion Express, a retail clothing store in downtown Alpine. She returned to teaching at Alpine High School in 1995, where she taught English from the freshman to senior level along with Spanish at all levels. Elsa was known by her students for her lovely smile, her humorous stories and her creative teachings. During summers, Elsa and Leo loved travel. Some of the places they adventured to included Italy, Turkey, Greece, England, France, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and Spain. Aside from traveling, Elsa loved to read everything - People Magazine, Chicano Literature, romance novels and suspense books. She loved psychological thrillers, investigative reporting and documentaries. She was a gifted person who excelled in many activities including her ability to prepare delicious meals, organize family functions, and participate in various community events and affairs. Elsa shared 35 magical years of marriage to Leo G. Dominguez. She is survived by her husband Leo; daughters, Maritza and her husband Arturo Torres; Ariana and Alesandra Dominguez; older brother Alfredo Ceniceros; younger sister Tere Jimenez; and a host of many loving nieces and nephews. Rosary service was Oct. 12 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine and Mass service Oct. 13 also at Our Lady of Peace and officiated by Monsignor David Fierro and Fr. Robert S. Kobe. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home was entrusted with services 
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