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Esther Contreras

October 20, 1927 ~ April 26, 2020 (age 92)


Esther Niño Contreras – October 20, 1927 – April 26, 2020

Esther was born October 20, 1927, in Caldwell, Texas, to Magdaleno and Hermelinda Nino.  She was the third born of eight daughters. Growing up, she attended Waco Schools.

On November 14, 1946, Esther married Jesse Contreras.  They remained married for 42 years until his untimely death in February 1989.  They were blessed with six children.  They started their family business, Jesse’s Tortilla Factory, in 1957.  Their hard work and dedication solidified their small business as the Waco staple we all know and love today.  Esther also worked at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital for a number of years.  After retirement, she later returned to Hillcrest as a volunteer.

She was an active and faithful member of First Spanish Assembly of God Church.  She carried the love and light of the Lord in her heart everywhere she went.

While on Earth, she always enjoyed working at the tortilla factory along side her family.  She also loved singing, working in the yard, ceramics, picking pecans, making confetti eggs for Easter, floral design, cooking and spending time with her grandkids.

Esther is greatly loved and will be sorely missed.  The family takes much comfort in knowing she is dancing and rejoicing with her heavenly father and the loved ones who have gone before her.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jesse; son, Ruben; great-grandson, Justin; sisters, Maggie, Sarah, Eva and Dolores.

She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Contreras, Alicia Rodriguez and husband, Santos Sr., Yolanda Perales and husband, Ernest Sr., Olga (Lulu) Gradel and husband, David, and Sarah Wiggins and husband, Steve; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Rebecca, Lidia and Janette; and many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Sandra, Connie, Jose, Shaniqua and Sherry of Baylor Scott and White Hospice.  We would also like to thank our special caregiver, Carmen, for all the love and care you’ve show to our mom!

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