Carmen B. Silva
October 10, 1925 – April 15, 2021
Carmen Barragan Silva died Thursday, April 15, 2021, at the age of 95 in her home surrounded by family. Carmen was a lifetime resident of El Paso, Texas.
Carmen Silva began her business career working at the El Paso National Bank as secretary to the Vice Presidents, including Sam D, Young, Sr. Her husband, Jose A. Silva, Sr. was her partner in life and in business. Joe and Carmen owned Silva’s Super Market and worked tirelessly to create a successful business to pass down to their children. She also helped her husband in the founding of Tri-State Associated Grocers. Together with her husband and two sons, Carmen, helped initiate the Hispanic television station KINT Channel 26.
Carmen was highly active in the El Paso community. She served on the board of the Woman’s Department of the Chamber of Commerce for many years. She donated her time to the El Paso Rehabilitation Center Auxiliary Group. Carmen was the past president and life member of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Altar Society. She was a charter member and served as president of the El Paso Ikebana International #128 Club for flower arranging from Japan. She was an active member and past president (1970-1971) of the Desert Hills Garden Club of El Paso. She was a lifetime member of the El Paso County Historical Society and a member of the El Paso Symphony Guild.
Carmen’s civic passion was the Woman’s Club of El Paso. She was an active member and past president (2000-2001) of the Woman’s Club of El Paso. She worked hard to save the club’s old and beautiful historical building on Mesa Street and was a proud board member of the Historical and Charitable Trust of the Woman’s Club.
Carmen is preceded in death by her husband Jose Silva, Sr., her brother Armando Barragan and her sister Isela Dominguez.
Carmen always worked hard in all she did, but she always had time for her greatest joy, her family. She is survived by her son Martin Silva (Jo Anne); son Joe Silva, Jr. (Patricia); and daughter Cynthia Manzanares (Robert). Carmen is also survived by her six grandchildren: Lisa Rascón (Alex), Martin James Silva (Tricia), Monica Morales (Roy), Cristina Silva (Christopher), Jose Silva, III and Sara Silva (Ken); her six great grandchildren: Aidan, Maura, Demetri, Victoria, Cristian, and Cedric; sister Hope Grado (Gilbert), brother Ed Barragan.
Rosary will be Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10:00am, with a funeral mass at 10:30am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa. Interment will follow for family only at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in accordance with Covid protocol. Pallbearers are Jose A. Silva III, Martin James Silva, Alex Rascón, Aidan Rascón, Christopher McPeak and Louie Barragan. Rosary and mass will be live streamed at www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/el-paso-tx/carmen-silva-10158762. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MartinFuneralHomeWest.com for the Silva family.
We would like to thank Carmen’s caregivers, Dolores Cardiel and Claudia Cardiel for taking care of her like family. Thank you to Tender Care Home Health and Hospice, especially her nurses Claudia and Joslyn. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Woman’s Club of El Paso at 1400 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79902, attn. memorial or St. Patrick’s Cathedral at saintpatrickcathedral.org.
- Martin Silva (JoAnne), Son
- Joe Silva Jr. (Patricia), Son
- Cynthia Manzanares (Robert), Daughter
Mrs. Silva is also survived by her grandchildren: Lisa Rascon (Alex), Monica Morales (Roy), Martin James Silva (Tricia), Cristina Silva (Christopher), Jose Silva III, and Sara Silva; four great grandchildren; brother, Ed Barragan and sister, Hope Grado (Gilbert).
Mrs. Silva is preceded in death by her brother Armando Barragan and Isela Dominquez.
Carmen B. Silva
April 29, 2021
Carmen Silva, we know her as Nana. With all the many accomplishments, NANA was the title she held most dear. No matter how she was feeling the moment a grandchild walked in she was glowing. We were later demoted by the great-grandchildren, but only slightly. She always gave us her utmost attention, tried to feed us, tell us we looked tired and ask us if we needed anything. We were never too big for hugs and diminutive names, mine was Leesi. I was the most fortunate grandchild because I had the longest time with her. She allowed me to be by her side while she worked, volunteered, traveled and even when entertaining friends. I didn’t realize until I was older, that I received an education in social civility, business, flower arranging, entertaining, etiquette, motherhood and how to be a strong woman. Both Nana and Papá, played such a strong role in who I am today. I still hear my Papá’s dichos and I'm sure I’ll hear my Nana’s stern advice too. While she was loving, she also held us to a high standard on how we should conduct ourselves. We were always representing our family. Nana was always available to talk, have lunch or go shopping (her favorite past time). Lucky for us she loved shopping for her grandkids the most and not to worry if it wasn’t in the store, then she probably had it in her closet (or as we liked to call it “Carmelita’s Boutique”). Of course, she always knew what the cure was for what ailed you; like cinnamon tea for an upset stomach, vitamin B12 for stress, chicken soup cures just about everything and my favorite, tequila for a sore throat. My cousins will agree with me... there is always room for Jell-O.
I thank God for allowing me to be with her until she moved on to heaven. It was a beautiful way for me to return the love she gave me, and I felt like I was where I was supposed to be, representing our family.
God bless you Nana, I love you.
April 28, 2021
Carmen was my cousin. Her mother and my mother were sisters. We didn’t grow up together but I knew Carmen later in life and found her to be a lot of fun. I remember going to Ruidoso some weekends and having such a good time. Once we were at her house in Ruidoso when an animal came to the door and Carmen says “I think there’s a dog at the door -go see”. I got up to see what it was and it was a bear. We all panicked. Carmen called the police and they came and they called the Rangers who came to take the bear away. That’s one memory I have of her. Two other cousins were with us and at first we were scared but had many laughs afterwards. My condolences to all her family and my other cousins. May She Rest In Peace until the resurrection. Mary Wulf
April 23, 2021
What a fantastic lady. Always very professional, nice and with a beautiful smile on her face. I will always remember her. I loved the fact she always called me Kojack. Thank you Mrs. Silva, RIP. The Good Lord was waiting for you with open arms.
April 20, 2021
Carmen was an inspiration to us all. I think we became friends the 1st time we met
It was a love that grew over the years. I loved to hear her tell me stories and we enjoyed sitting together no matter where we were. She shared the love of her family, for gardening , for life as a whole and especially love for me. I'll miss you and know we will see each other in heaven some day.