Hilda Graciela Viramontes, "Amazing Grace," 75, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 13, 2011. She was raised in El Paso and lived in Salem, Ore. She graduated in 1955 from Loretto High School, had a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University and a master's from Washington State University.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesus and Raquel Viramontes; her brothers, Carlos and Ricardo Viramontes; and her sisters, Magdalena and Martha Viramontes.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Chisholm, and her two sons, Anthony Thompson (grandson Zander) and Thomas Thompson (wife Lindsay); two brothers, Julio Cesar Viramontes (wife Yolanda) and Armando Viramontes (wife Lupe) and sister-in-law Karla Viramontes (widow Ricardo); as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great grandnieces.
She loved the community and was instrumental in developing adult education programs addressing equity for women in the job market. She developed 17 centers for adult women, serving single parents, displaced homemakers and economically disadvantage women, providing childcare, education, transportation assistance and free medical insurance.
Her awards are many, including Outstanding Adult Educator, Washington State, 1979; Margaret Sanger Award, 1982; and Outstanding Woman of the Year, 1986, Oregon State University.
A Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3729 Hueco, El Paso 79903.
Memorials can be made to Providence Hospital Auxiliary-Child Life Department, Regional Children's Hospital at Providence, Attn: Peggy Schuster, 2001 N. Oregon St., El Paso TX 79902.
"In our hearts she will always be and in our memories she will never cease."