Delma Molinar Marquez - Alpine Avalanche: Obituaries

Delma Molinar Marquez

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:56 pm

Delma Molinar Marquez, 70, of Odessa, Texas passed away peacefully on May 26, 2019. She was surrounded by her loved ones in her final moments. 

Delma is survived by her husband of 48 years, Fidel Marquez, Jr.; one daughter, Monica (Nikki Barua) Marquez; and two sons, Martin (Natalie Garcia) Marquez and Marcos (Krista Haire) Marquez. She had four grandchildren, Alexia, Damien, Avery and Cameron. She is also survived by six sisters and three brothers.

Delma was born to the late Antonio Jacques Molinar and Enriquetta Hernandez Molinar in Alpine, Texas. The oldest of 10 siblings, Delma tended to all her brothers and sisters, and earned the nickname, La Poyita (mother hen). She followed her passion for empowering children to pursue a career in teaching.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Education and earned a teachers certification from Sul Ross State University. For 25 years, she gave her all to her students, most notably as a bi-lingual teacher at Lamar Early Education Center within Ector County ISD.

Delma was a force of nature - strong, independent, optimistic, and resilient. Her zest for life, her love of entertaining, her obsession with holiday decoration, and her endless creativity taught us all the true art of living. A proud breast cancer survivor, she was a warrior who had the grit and tenacity to fight off menacing illnesses.

In 2011, she was diagnosed with yet another grave illness - systemic scleroderma - and given a two-year life expectancy by doctors. But she was determined to defy the odds. She pursued every treatment option and endured the pain, refusing to give up. Her courage and resilience resulted in eight beautiful years beyond expectations. Nothing could get in the way of her love of celebration, bright colors, and belly laughs! As we grieve her loss, we take solace in her greatest lesson to us – “Live life like every day is your last.”

We celebrated Delma’s life on June 1 with a viewing at Frank Wilson Funeral Home in Odessa and a Rosary prayer in her honor.

Funeral services took place in her hometown of Alpine on June 3 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. A viewing was held on June 2, with Rosary prayer held at Alpine Memorial Funeral Home.

Many joined us in celebration of Delma’s life of faith, hope and happiness, wearing something bright and coming with their favorite memories that we shared in love and laughter. In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to donate to the Scleroderma Foundation in Delma's name. Thank you.

Arrangements were under the direction of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors, 4635 Oakwood Drive, Odessa 79761, 432-368-7191.