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1966 Teresa 2018

Teresa Tomlinson

August 12, 1966 — March 31, 2018

Teresa Ann Prieto Tomlinson, known to friends as "Tess", passed away on March 31st, 2018, at the age of 51 years in El Paso, Texas.
A native of Marfa, Texas, Tess, was known for helping anyone she could. She helped individuals that had car troubles, and unpaid bills more than once. She would help in any way that she could, even if she was just offered a shoulder to cry on to or a listening ear.
Tess was born on August 12th, 1966 in Alpine, Texas to Manuel "Mel" Prieto, and Genevieve (Mendoza) Bessham. Tess was a graduate of Marfa High School, and a resident of Van Horn, Texas. Tess lived in Van Horn, Texas and worked for Permian Basin Community Center assisting citizens of Van Horn, Sierra Blanca, Fort Hancock, and Fabens.
Family received friends on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel in Van Horn, Texas. Praying of the Most Holy Rosary was held on Thursday, April 5th; 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated by Father John Paul Madanu following the praying of the Most Holy Rosary. Tess was buried next to her father Manuel "Mel" Prieto in El Merced Cemetery.
Those serving as pallbearers were: Tony Jimenez, Russell Church, Rene Rodriguez, Onorio Lopez, Jake Virdell, Zane Gary, Cruz Chacon, and Elijah Ledesma.
In 2016 Tess was awarded the "Cynthia C. Mills Award" that is given annually by the Permian Basin Community Center for duty above and beyond the call of duty. During her nomination, Tess was described as: "Tess is hard working, dedicated, and puts the needs of others before her own needs. She is caring and compassionate toward everyone, regardless of their circumstances. She has an open-door policy and no matter how busy she is, she is willing to stop what she is doing in order to assist whomever walks into the office. Tess has integrity as a professional, and a person who is dedicated to her coworkers and the people she serves. In other words, Tess has a servant's heart".
Tess is preceded in death by: her father Manuel "Mel" Prieto.
Those left to honor and cherish the loving kind heart and memory of Tess are: her husband Bishop Tomlinson; her mother Genevieve Bassham, and stepfather Elbert Bassham; her stepson Brandon Tomlinson and wife Staci; brother Miguel Gonzales; and two grandchildren. As well as many beloved friends.
Thank you, Tess, for being who you are and for putting a smile on our faces for all these wonderful years


Heritage Funeral Home Chapel
704 Frontage Road
Van Horn, TX  79855
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
1:000 PM - 9:00 PM


Praying of the Holy Rosary

St. Mary Catholic Church
211 West San Antonio Street
Marfa, TX  79830
Thursday, April 5, 2018
10:00 AM

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Mary Catholic Church
Marfa, TX  79830
Thursday, April 5, 2018
11:00 AM


El Merced Cemetery
Marfa, TX  79830
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