Dolores Carmen (Rodriguez) Hernandez


Dolores Carmen (Rodriguez) Hernandez of San Antonio, TX entered into eternal rest on May 12, 2019 surrounded by family.
Born in Lockhart, TX on September 4, 1939 to Abel V. Rodriguez and Lorenza C. Rodriguez, she was the eldest of seven siblings. She was one of only a few Mexican-American graduates of the 1957 Class of Lockhart High School.
She lived her formative years at the height of the Civil Rights Movement both before and after desegregation in the United States’ public school systems. These experiences deeply influenced her life as she was critical of injustice on personal, local, and national levels.
She was loving and outspoken, articulate and personable. She was deeply dedicated to her children and the most loyal of friends. She found meaning in civic activism and in speaking for those whom she believed voiceless. Her aptitudes were many, and she spent the majority of her professional life as an Executive Assistant at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
She inspired strength in those who thought they were without. She leaves behind not only a lasting memory, but a powerful impression, of strength, independence, and endurance as evidenced by her long-standing battle with chronic disease.
She was preceded in death by her parents Abel and Lorenza Rodriguez, siblings Eva Trejo and George Rodriguez, and beloved daughter Jessica Eve Hernandez. She is survived by her children Veronica Veytia (Carlos) of El Paso, TX, and Dr. Roland Hernandez (Krista) of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Patricia Lauren Moore, of San Antonio, TX, Catarina, Ana Gabriela, and Carlos (Lalo) Veytia, of El Paso, TX, and Daphne and Eden Hernandez, of Seattle, WA; great-grandchildren Jonah Moore and Ace Williams of San Antonio, TX; siblings Abel, Adam, and Ralph Rodriguez, and Estella Alexander, of Lockhart, TX; and a multitude of loving extended family and close friends. Celebration of her life will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, May 16, 2019, with Holy Rosary at 9:00 am followed by Mass at 10:00 am in Lockhart, TX.
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  1. Joyce Mccoig 16 May, 2019 at 16:28 Reply

    Dearest Veronica and Roland, I am so sorry for your loss. Dolores was a dear friend during the time we worked together. I will cherish her memory. Joyce

  2. Lorna Wilson 16 May, 2019 at 19:51 Reply

    Dear Veronica and Roland, I am heartsick to hear about your sweet, funny Mother. She is one of the few people who could make me laugh until I cried and my stomach hurt. She was also one of the bravest, most dignified women I ever met. Smart, sassy, witty, wise … I could go on and on. Though we were separated by geography, she was often in my thoughts. The last time we saw each other, we were each taking one of our granddaughters shopping. We were happy!
    My prayers are with you and the rest of the family. God bless you, and may he lift all of you and comfort you with the memory of her love, her laugh, and her beautiful smile.

  3. Walter Downing 16 May, 2019 at 20:19 Reply

    I deeply appreciate the opportunity to have worked with Dolores for many years, and am sorry to learn of her passing. Unfortunately, I am in Japan on a business trip and did not find out about the memorial service in time to attend, but hope that the family is comforted in this time of sadness. She was a good friend to many at Southwest Research Institute and will be remembered with fondness.

  4. Jeremy Ford 17 May, 2019 at 15:45 Reply

    Someone as special as Dolores will never be forgotten. Her guidance and influence played a large role in shaping the person I am today. She will remain in our hearts forever.

  5. Florentino Sanchez 18 May, 2019 at 15:57 Reply

    To the siblings of Dolores: Abel, Adam, and Ralph,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Dolores when she was attending Lockhart High School; I remember her as a beautiful, good, wonderful young lady.
    Florentino Sanchez

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