Sandra Joy Hinojosa

February 14, 1946 - September 20, 2020
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Sandra Joy Hinojosa

February 14, 1946 – September 20, 2020

Sandra Joy Hinojosa, 74, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Sandra was born and raised in Laredo, Texas.  She attended Laredo public schools and graduated from Martin High School with honors in 1964.  She is remembered fondly by friends and classmates who recall her active participation in many clubs and organizations. One of the highlights of her senior year was being crowned ROTC Sweetheart.  She attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in education.

She was a retired educator who had a passion for teaching and helping students in the Laredo community. Her entire career was spent teaching at the Laredo Independent School District.  She taught at M.S. Ryan Elementary School, Honoré Ligarde Elementary School, and Cigarroa High School. Her passion in education led her to pursue many certifications in numerous fields of education. After her retirement, her love of  teaching led her to  continue helping students through tutoring and homeschooling by creating her own educational center, High IQ. She loved helping all children, but had a special place in her heart for Bilingual and Special Education students. She received many accolades and accomplishments throughout her career. Most notably, she received the Walt Disney’s American Teacher Award in 1991, which she was awarded in Los Angeles, California.

Writing was one of her most cherished talents.  In her later years, she devoted countless hours to researching and writing proposals for her husband, renowned artist Armando Hinojosa.

Sandra was a wonderful mother and grandmother who found her greatest moments of happiness when surrounded by her family, especially her children and grandchildren.  She was known for her compassion and giving heart.  She enjoyed holiday gatherings which brought her family together. Most recently, she enjoyed spending time being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Rancho Hinojosa.

Sandra Joy is survived by her loving husband of 52 years Armando, and her beloved children, Dr. Armando R. (Yvonne) Hinojosa, David A. Hinojosa, and the Honorable Melissa Joy (Guillermo) Hinojosa Garcia.  She will be greatly missed by her loving grandchildren, Corina, Mickayla, Nicolas, Victoria Joy, and Matthew. She is also survived by her siblings, Danny (Colleen) Guerrero, Cynthia (Miguel) Conchas, Robert (Hilda) Guerrero, and Sylvia Rendon. Also, surviving her are numerous nephews, nieces, other loved relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose Daniel and Grace Guerrero, her grandparents, William and Felicidad Lockwood, her in-laws, Geronimo and Amalia Hinojosa, and her beloved aunt, Maria Josefina “Mary Jo” Brenner.

Sandra Joy was under the loving medical care of her son, Dr. Armando R. Hinojosa.

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The family will be having a private memorial service. If anyone wishes to express their condolences, you may write them to the family online at

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611.

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Born: February 14, 1946
Died: September 20, 2020

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Sandra Flores-Gonzales posted on 3/10/21

I will always remember Sandra Joy Hinojosa as a dedicated educator and advocate for student equity and excellence. She was an inspiration to me. My deepest condolences to Dr. Armando Hinojosa and family.


Rose Gutierrez posted on 10/3/20

My deepest condolences to the Hinojosa and Guerrero families. May God grant Sandra eternal rest and your families the strength to endure this great loss.


JosieVLara posted on 9/29/20

We are very sad to hear of Mrs.SandraHinojosa’s passing,and we send our most heartfelt condolences to all her loved ones. Another excellent Laredo educator that departs. May God bless her and perpetual light shine upon her in heaven. Josie and JoseLuis Lara


Josefina Cavazos posted on 9/28/20

Sincere condolences to you and your family Judge Garcia.


Maribel Acevedo posted on 9/27/20

My most heartfelt condolences to the Hinojosa family for your loss. May all the beautiful memories you carry in your hearts comfort you during this difficult time. Prayers for Mrs. Hinojosa and the entire family.


Diana V Cremar posted on 9/27/20

My heartfelt condolences to the HInojosa and Guerrero family. Praying for all of you during this difficult time. ?????? Diana Vasquez Cremar


Lupita and Pedro Castaneda posted on 9/27/20

We are deeply sorry for your loss. Sandra was a wonderfully talented lady with a kind heart. We have happy memories from Martin High School and the art studio on Clark where our daughters Lisa and Cristina attended summer art workshops. Sandra and I enjoyed teaching at Ryan Elementarry at the same time. Also, we enjoyed a beautiful relationship throughout the years. We remember the ranchito and the other studio on Meadow where our first granddaughter, Alyssa was tutored by Sandra and instilled in her a lifelong love for reading. May she rest in peace and may the Lord accompany you and give you all the strenght needed throughout this painful journey. 956-285-5437


Magda Hall Foster posted on 9/27/20

My condolences to the Hinojosa-Guerrero family. I remember Sandra as a lovely friendly lady. ? I did not know that Mary Jo had also passed away. Sad news. I visited Mary Jo couple of times before Covid. ?


EVELINA P. BELTRAN posted on 9/26/20

I am very saddened for Sandra's death. I was their neighbor on Hendricks so I have known the family for a long time. I am very grateful for the Guerrero-Hinojosa family for all their help and patience with me and my children. Please accept our condolences from my family to all her family. May she rest in peace.


Alberto Omar posted on 9/26/20

She was my 2nd grade teacher at Ryan Elementary. She was an awesome teacher who cared about all her students. I remember staying in the classroom instead of going out to recess to help her clean up and organize the room. She will be greatly missed.


Hector Nieto posted on 9/25/20

Our sincerest condolences to the Hinojosa Family from the Mario &Yolanda Nieto Family. Sandra Joy was a great lady and a good friend to all. She will be greatly missed. GOD bless you all and our prayers are with you.


Jorge and Sara Gonzalez posted on 9/25/20

Our condolences to our Dr Armando Hinojosa and family. We will keep you in our prayers in this difficult time. May God bless you with strength and peace.


Hector Nieto posted on 9/25/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Hector Nieto lit a candle


Hector Nieto posted on 9/25/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Hector Nieto lit a candle


j.m. morales posted on 9/25/20

I very very sorry to hear of the passing of Cousin Sandra but I will have great memories of our childhood, high school years, along with those of her mother and her restaurant down town Laredo.


Ruben Gonzalez posted on 9/25/20

May the Lord grant her eternal peace.


RUDY DURAN posted on 9/25/20



Robert Allen posted on 9/24/20

I have no magic words that I that will make the hole in your family disappear. Instead, please permit me to share a memory of Sandra. I only had the privilege of meeting and talking with Sandra a few times on my visits Laredo with Sylvia, but she and Armando always made me feel accepted and welcome. And for that I am very appreciative. I remember on my first Christmas visit how she and Armando surprised me with a gift - a framed photo of a print of a Buck by Armando; that was special, and it is a treasure of mine. So to the family, start filling that hole each and every day with a cherished memory of Sandra; and may those memories be forever alive in your hearts and minds.


Jerry Gonzalez posted on 9/24/20

I love you Teacher Grandma Jerry Gonzalez


Tony and Emma Garcia posted on 9/24/20

Our deepest condolences to the Hinojosa and Guerrero families for your loss. We offer our prayers during this difficult time. May The Lord give you peace.


Pedro A Castillo posted on 9/24/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Pedro A Castillo lit a candle


Pedro A Castillo posted on 9/24/20

My condolences to the family of Sandra.I graduated with her class. We had many happy moments while in ROTC. She always strived for the best and settled for the best,Even though I left Laredo upon graduation to join the United States Air Force, I kept in touch with Laredo news, May you rest in peace and may God safeguard your beloved family. Your friend, Pedro A. Castillo MSGT (Ret) United States Air Force


Elisa Pena posted on 9/24/20

Our sincere condolences to the family of Sandra Joy Hinojosa. May She Rest In Peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time. Elisa and Alfredo Pena.


Rudy and Diana Laurel posted on 9/24/20

With deepest sympathy during this difficult time. To all Sandra's family Cynthia, Danny and Coleen we are so sorry for your loss . Our thoughts and prayers.are with you.


Rodolfo L. Villarreal, Jr. posted on 9/24/20

Armando, Rodolfo L. VillarrealJr. Here. My brother Louie, informed me today of your wife, Sandra’s passing. I am terribly sorry for your loss and wanted to express my deepest sympathies and condolence to you and your family. We all have known each other seems like since we were born. God Bless you and your family forever and may Sandra Rest In Peace in the Hands of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Your brother in Christ, Rodolfo


Randy Hooper posted on 9/24/20

Our sincere condolences to the family of Sandra Joy Hinojosa. Our thoughts and prayers to all members of the family. We were teachers at Cigarroa High School also when Mrs, Sandra Joy Hinojosa taught there. Randy and Irma Hooper. She brightened many lives. Randy and Irma Hooper


Hector Farias, Jr. posted on 9/24/20

To Armando Hinojosa & Family: We were very saddened to hear of the passing of your dear wife Sandra Joy and the beloved mother of Dr. Armando Hinojosa, the Hon. Melissa Joy Hinojosa Garcia, and my good friend David. Please accept our condolences and hope our prayers bring you comfort. May God grant her eternal rest and your family the strength to endure this great loss. Hector & Diana Farias and Family


Diana B. Salinas posted on 9/24/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Diana B. Salinas lit a candle


Diana B. Salinas posted on 9/24/20

Dr. Armando Hinojosa My condolence to you & your family. To Your Father & Your Siblings! Your Patient Diana B. Salinas


Angie Wendeborn posted on 9/24/20

All our love and prayers to the Hinojosa family. Sincerely, The Innis Family Arthur, Angie (Wendeborn), Aidan and Aaron


Susan Jones posted on 9/24/20

My sincere condolences, we were at Martin High School many years ago. She was also a trusted friend of my mother's, Minita Freeman. Prayers and hug


Ira S. Maldonado posted on 9/24/20

Wishing you peace and comfort as you grieve For your beloved mother .


Melba N. Ornelas-Gonzales posted on 9/24/20

First of all. my deepest and most sincere condolences to Armando. Sandra's children and grandchildren, Danny, Cynthia, Bobby and Sylvia. I have nothing but fond memories of growing up with all of you on Hendricks Ave. Sandra knew my own passion for teaching that had started at a very early age for me. I can still remember how she allowed me to grade her students' Spelling quizzes, giving me a chance to taste the world of education that was so much a part of her. Who would have guessed that decades later I would end up teaching English to her grandchildren Nick and Victoria. May God give you the strength and peace in this difficult time. Blessings to all; you're in my prayers. Much love, Melba N. Ornelas-Gonzales


Daniela Salinas posted on 9/23/20

Mrs. H! I was just taking about you today. You always had the answers. You helped me grow as a student and a person. I'm sorry I hadn't contacted you sooner. I miss you and Mr. G. May God bless you! Please continue to provide your love and guidance from heaven. You appointed me the "Who is Who" award that I cherish. You are the who will NEVER be forgotten. Love always, your student Daniela (Franiela).


Alfredo G Pellegrin III posted on 9/23/20

Sincerest Condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one.


Denice Gomez posted on 9/23/20

I am saddened by the lost of Mrs.Hinojosa. She will be forever missed. She was a beautiful women and teacher. I had the wonderful pledge to be one of her students many years ago and Mrs.Hinojosa was that teacher that left her mark on me to use in life. I will forever be grateful for all the hard love she gave me. May she rest in peace and God bless her. My condolences and prayers go out to her family.


Diana Villarreal Erickson posted on 9/23/20

Dear Hinojosa and Guerrero families. Please, accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Sandra Joy. I pray that the Lord will give all of you His peace and strength, as you go through this very difficult time. My deepest sympathy, Diana Villarreal Erickson


Chester & Becky Long posted on 9/23/20

Hinojosa & Guerrero families, So sorry to hear about the passing of Sandra. May you experience the peace that passes all understanding, that God can give. Our prayers are with you. Becky & Chester Long


Cecilia and Samuel Moreno posted on 9/23/20

Our hope is that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.


Lee Keene posted on 9/23/20

Please accept my deepest condolences to all the Hinojosa and Guerrero families. May she Rest In Peace.


Jose, Beatriz and Pepe Zapata posted on 9/23/20

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of much grief. We have very fond memories of Sandra while our kids were growing up in the same neighborhood. God's Peace be with you.


Dora Garcia posted on 9/23/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Dora Garcia lit a candle


Blanca Zaragoza posted on 9/23/20

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of beautiful Sandra Joy Hinojosa, an extraordinary woman with a giving & loving spirit. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to all family members in this time of grief. All my sympathy is with you. May GOD give Sandra eternal rest and may her soul Rest In Peace. My prayers and thoughts are with her and those she left behind. In Deepest Sympathy, A Family Friend, Blanca Zaragoza


GLEN JACKSON posted on 9/23/20

Growing up we were great neighborhood friends.... lots of memories to remain as you pass to your eternal life.... rest now Sandra


Anthony & Carmelita (Quesada) De La Vina posted on 9/23/20

Please accept our deepest condolences during this difficult time. May the Lord give you strength and peace today and always. She was a wonderful lady, and a great neighbor. May she rest in peace. Respectfully, Anthony & Carmelita (Quesada) De La Vina


Marissa, Freddy and Aidan posted on 9/23/20

My heart goes out to you all. I am very sorry for your loss. Melissa, David and Robby your mom was a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman. May she rest in peace. Love you all!


Sammy and Kathie Alexander posted on 9/23/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Sammy and Kathie Alexander lit a candle


Sammy and Kathie Alexander posted on 9/23/20

You have our deepest and sincere condolences for your loss of this beautiful lady.


Chief, Valdemar Guerrero posted on 9/23/20

Melissa and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom; I can only imagine what you are going through Mel, but everything will get better in time. The emotional pain will become more manageable and the memories more of a Joy than a tragedy. Peace be with all of you.


John and Rosina Vargas posted on 9/23/20

To the Hinojosa Family, Cynthia Conchas and Sylvia Rendon...Please accept our Condolences... Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and family. May the Perpetual Light Shine upon Mrs. Sandra Hinojosa and may She Rest in Peace.


Buddy Lockwooid posted on 9/23/20

My sorrow at Sandra's death is best expressed by the words of the poet John Donne - "every man's death diminishes me.". Sandra's death diminishes us all more than most.


Geronimo G Hinojosa (Jerry) posted on 9/23/20

Dear Armando, Robbie, Melissa and David, we were deeply sorry to hear about the death of your beloved wife and mother. May God be with you to help ease the pain and sorrow during this sorrowful time. With sincere condolences. Anna and Jerry Hinojosa


Mary Lamar Leyendecker posted on 9/23/20

Armando , David , Melissa Joy and Armando, It was with sadness that Gary and I read of the passing of your beloved wife and mother Sandra. We send our deepest condolences and our prayers to you and family. Sincerely Mary Lamar and Gary Leyendecker


Pablo Rendón II posted on 9/23/20

My sincerest condolences for your loss. In your moment of sorrow God keep you close.


Natalia Carolina posted on 9/23/20

I remember going to go see you when I was just a little girl, I have so many memories of us. One of our memories included your son, David stapling his hand to show how cool he was and then later running to buy treats while we watched and laughed through the window. I remember how much you believed in me and pushed me to only know greatness while also welcoming me with loving arms when I failed. You will forever hold a place in my heart. I aspire to have your kindness and love for others. I will always admire how patient and caring you were. I hope that you are watching me from above and that I make you proud. I love you teacher grandma. from natty.


María Teresa Villarreal posted on 9/22/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, María Teresa Villarreal lit a candle


María Teresa Villarreal posted on 9/22/20

To The Hinojosa Family, Sylvia Rendon, Cynthia Conchas, and family, i send my Deepest Condolences. May Sandra Hinojosa Rest In Peace.’Amen. Sincerely, María Teresa Villarreal


Reyna S Carrillo posted on 9/22/20

They say in life there are no coincidences, only Gods miracles working to bring the people we need into our lives and oh how I needed you. I can't put into words how much you mean to me, how grateful I am for your love, your kindness and your endless support during difficult times. Your infectious smile and laughter would make my day. Your guiding hand and your love helped mold my children into young successful, loving, productive adults. You shared your gifts with so many, you knew that was your purpose and no one ever did it better than you. My heart hurts to know you are gone but I know I will see you again. Rest In Peace. I love you forever and always. My most sincere condolences to Melissa Joy Hinojosa Garcia, David Hinojosa and Robby.


Sara Alvarado posted on 9/22/20

My deepest condolences to the Hinojosa family. Mrs Hinojosa was my teacher in cigaroa high school she helped me graduate very grateful for that and many other things thank you sandra Hinojosa never will forget you. Sara Alvarado class of 98 .Rest in peace.


Amada Rodriguez posted on 9/22/20

Our sincerest condolences to the entire family. May she Rest In Peace. ?? George & Amada Rodriguez


David Flores posted on 9/22/20

Our condolences to the Hinojosa and Guerrero families. Sandra a fantastic person and great fellow co-worker. I have great memories working as classroom teacher with Sandra very proud of children especially of her husband Armando. RIP my my friend Sandra.


Juan Tenorio (1965) and Josefa Tenorio posted on 9/22/20

sorry to hear about the passing of Sandra Joy. I remember her being in ROTC . She was a very talented and smart person. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers for Sandra Joy and family.


Cordelia Montoya posted on 9/22/20

Tía Sandra, you will be greatly missed. Eternal rest granted on to and let perpetual light shine upon you. Rest In Paradise!?


Luis Javier Montoya posted on 9/22/20

Heartfelt condolences yo all the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Sandra when we were students at Martin High School-class of 64. May she Rest in Peace


Elsa Nicholson posted on 9/22/20

Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this time of great sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Mrs. Hinojosa Rest In Peace on the arms of Our Lord ??❤️


Ronnye Uresti Loeffler posted on 9/22/20

My heart goes out to all of my cousins. I can still remember being a flower girl in your wedding. I love the days when we were all together.? Sandra was always such a loving beautiful cousin and I know she will be missed.My deepest condolences and prayers are with all of you. ?


Ana Gaitanos posted on 9/22/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Ana Gaitanos lit a candle


Sharon Lockwood Sands posted on 9/21/20

I remember Sandra. She was my Cousin. Growing up we went to Laredo to see Grandmother and all the relatives. She was always busy and involved in many things however she was always kind to me. I was an annoying little kid totally fascinated by my obviously very popular cousins!


Scarlett Gonzalez posted on 9/21/20

✨ I’m very sorry for ur loss ? I know ur mom is in heven ⛅️ With god so don’t worry ? I miss her and I know u do to but she’s always with u ✨?? and with god even more happy Bye!✨ I love u tio David ? we all love yah and ur family members!


Erica Luna-Gonzalez posted on 9/21/20

My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time . We loved Mrs Hinojosa very much and she was one of the kindest , most intelligent women I have ever met . She will be greatly missed . My condolences to the Hinojosa family during this time . My heart breaks for you . Prayers ????????


Sara Montemayor posted on 9/21/20

My sincere condolences to the Hinojosa family. Sandra was a wonderful, strong woman who I looked up to. I will always have fond memories of the time I spent with her family. Sandra, may you rest in peace. Say hi to mom.


Yoli Carrillo posted on 9/21/20

I will never forget your countless words of wisdom and advice for 2 young girls excited to conquer the world but ignorant to the realities of real life. We were so blessed to have you in our corner always guiding and protecting us. You not only took me under your wing but my sister, niece and nephew as well. I am forever grateful for the role you played in all our lives. So many children in our community are a product of your talent. I can sincerely say that in my life time I had the honor of being in the presence of greatness. I will cherish you for the rest of my life. Rest In Eternal Peace Mrs. Hinojosa. I love you.


Beverlee B Ramos posted on 9/21/20

I send all my condolences may the Lord bring peace and comfort through this time I saw Aunt Sandra just like an ant on my own she was so inspirational and motivational to the Guerrero kids kimberlee, Analee john roman & myself may she dance in heaven in peace now ??


ANNIE SERNA posted on 9/21/20

To the Hinojosa and Guerrero families: our deepest condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Sandra Joy Hinojosa. She was truly a gift to the community of Laredo as an amazing educator and woman of many talents. She will be greatly missed. May Sandra rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her. Elsa Cabello Annie Serna


Teresa Hernandez posted on 9/21/20

You will truly be missed... We will forever hold the memories in our heart. Leonel & Teresa Hernandez and Sons


Liz Uresti posted on 9/21/20

Being a flower girl in your wedding is a vivid memory for me. I can’t believe it was 52 years ago. Rest In Peace my cousin.


Liz Uresti posted on 9/21/20

My deepest condolences Armando and to your family. We have a lot of happy memories of our family gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Victor and Liz Uresti


Estella Rodriguez posted on 9/21/20

My sincerest condolences to Judge Melissa Garcia and family. May Mrs. Hinojosa rest in peace.


Beverly Jones posted on 9/21/20

My heart goes out to all the Guerrero and Hinajosa families with sadness and sympathy at Sandra’s passing, and with thanksgiving for her beautiful life.


Belinda Salas posted on 9/21/20

In memory of Sandra Joy Hinojosa, Belinda Salas lit a candle


Belinda Salas posted on 9/21/20

My most sincere condolences. Prayers for her and the family