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In Memory of

Hortensia F. Smith

October 23, 1921 - September 8, 2017

Obituary


Hortensia Flores Smith

Devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great Grandmother Hortensia F. Smith, age 95, of Imperial Beach, CA, passed into God's hands from natural causes September 8, 2017 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She was a wonderful example of strength, determination and love for her family and friends.

Hortensia Flores Smith was born October 23, 1921, in Los Angeles, CA to Arnulfo Flores and Luisa Calderon Flores. She had 3 sisters and 3 brothers. At an early age she married Rufino Bojórquez in Tijuana, BC Mexico and, although the...

Hortensia Flores Smith

Devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great Grandmother Hortensia F. Smith, age 95, of Imperial Beach, CA, passed into God's hands from natural causes September 8, 2017 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She was a wonderful example of strength, determination and love for her family and friends.

Hortensia Flores Smith was born October 23, 1921, in Los Angeles, CA to Arnulfo Flores and Luisa Calderon Flores. She had 3 sisters and 3 brothers. At an early age she married Rufino Bojórquez in Tijuana, BC Mexico and, although the marriage did not last, Hortensia was blessed with three children, Roberto Angel, Maria Magdalena and Jose Ernesto.

As a young woman and single parent, Hortensia continued to reside with her family in Tijuana, working in San Diego as an aircraft assembly worker to support her extended family. She had many fond memories of this time in her life and told many stories about the people she worked with and the friends she made while working at CONVAIR-General Dynamics.

In 1956, Hortensia began a new phase of her life as a military spouse when she met and married William A. Smith of Minnesota. As a United States Marine Corps family, Hortensia and William were stationed in San Diego, CA, Flagstaff AZ and Camp Lejeune, NC, ultimately coming back to their home in Imperial Beach, CA upon his retirement in the mid 1970s.

Retirement was not in her nature. During this time in her life she continued working and had many hobbies. As the owner and manager of a beauty salon and wig shop for many years, Hortensia took it upon herself to learn the business, going to school to earn her license as a certified beautician. She was often seen working side by side with her employees. It was clear to all that she took pride in her ability to run a successful business.

Hortensia continued to be very active both socially and in her interactions with family and friends. Residing in Imperial Beach, CA she and her husband purchased land, built 3 homes, one of them their dream home, and then invested in additional rental properties, all on the same street.

She also took up cake decorating as a joint hobby with William, baking and decorating many of cakes for weddings, baby showers and other occasions. She would always joke that providing the cake would get her invitations to all the best parties. During this period, Hortensia and William also become active members of the Good Sam American Clipper RV Club and enjoyed traveling to many great campsites and socializing with other Good Sam members. Other hobbies over the years included crafts of all kinds, cooking and canning, and coordinating bus tours to Las Vegas.

One of the high points of her life was the time she spent as a member of the Club Centro Mutualistas de Baja California alongside her daughter, Maria Magdalena where she held an elected office and participated in many volunteer efforts. She received many honors and accolades during her time with the Mutualistas.

Hortensia was an outgoing and fun-loving woman who enjoyed the company of her friends and family. She will always be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor. She never forgot her roots, the hard work of her parents and her Mexican heritage. She will be remembered as a caring, brave, self-assured woman.

Due to her wonderful long life, Hortensia was predeceased by her husband, William A. Smith, USMC (ret), her daughter Maria Magdalena Bojórquez and all of her siblings.

Her spirit will be carried on by her surviving family members to include her son Roberto Angel and daughter in law Elena; son Jose Ernesto; grandchildren Ricardo, Laura, Hortensia "Chachi" and husband John, Julieta, Hortensia and Gerardo; great-grandchildren Emily, John, Allison, Joshua, Jorge and Julio; and and great-great grandson Isaiah.

Family and friends will gather at Glen Abbey Mortuary 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA on Wednesday, September 20th for Visitation from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday, September 21st for Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m.

Pallbearers grandson Ricardo, great-grandson Joshua, close relatives John and Roger, and godsons Rick and Alberto will then carry her to Internment at Glen Abbey Memorial Park.