Longtime Houston Press sales employee Ida Cano, 53, died unexpectedly on Sunday April 27, leaving behind her partner, relatives and co-workers who appreciated her for her professional competence, kind manner and love of a good story.
Born October 6, 1960, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Cano was the youngest of five children. As her memoriam on the Rosewood Funeral website noted:
"She graduated from Mary Carroll high school and spent years working in retail before deciding to enter college as a "30-something freshman." Her dreams to obtain a degree in psychology included another first, moving away from home. Ida chose Houston to embark upon her next adventure.
"It was there on the campus of the University of Houston that Ida not only obtained her bachelors degree, but also -- met the love of her life, her life partner Ermelinda, and they built a life together for the past 17-years.
"She loved her dogs, shopping and haggling for new cars, fishing until she finally "caught one", travelling to far away places embracing new adventures and capturing those moments with photography, gardening and grooming her lawn but especially beginning her day with Ermelinda sitting outside on the back porch with a cup of coffee, listening to the birds and watching the sun fill the sky to begin a new day."
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Houston Press Publisher Stuart Folb said: "It is a sad time at the Houston Press with the loss of our friend Ida Cano. She was an accomplished sales person who took great care of her clients for the past twelve years. While soft-spoken, she was a good communicator as well as a good person to have in our offices. We will miss both her abilities and her warm, friendly presence."
Ida is preceded in death by her father Jesus M. Cano and she and Ermelinda spent the last four years caring for Ida's ailing mother. She is survived by her life partner, Ermelinda DeLaVina; mother, Idolina G. Cano, mother-in-law, Anna H. Reyes (Juan Antonio); sister, Linda Rodriguez (Glenn); sister, Diana Hinojosa (Ernesto); brother, Tony Cano (Belinda); brother, Carlos Cano; sister-in-law Norma DeLaVina; brother-in-law, Juan Reyes; nieces and nephews, Sandra Cano Cauley (Larry), Tony Cano (Jeordi), Ernesto Hinojosa III (Rene), Albert Hinojosa (Christine), Nicholas Hinojosa (Rheanna), J.J. Rodriguez (Eden), Jacob Rodriguez (Jennifer), Jesse Rodriguez (Amanda) and Lynda Rodriguez (Aaron); grand-nieces and nephews, Deegan Cano, Kova Cano, Liam Cauley, Owen Cauley, Macon Davis, Aiden Hinojosa, Alyssa Hinojosa, Jacob Rodriguez Jr., Caiden Rodriguez, Jordan Rodriguez, Gabriella Rodriguez, Lyana Rodriguez, Corynna Jean Rodriguez, Arabella Rodriguez, Katarina Rodriguez.
A funeral service was held Friday, May 2, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1701 San Jacinto Street in Houston. Interment followed at Rosewood Park Cemetery, 2602 Houston Avenue in Humble.
The family requests that Ida's memory be honored with contributions to The Human Rights Campaign, the Pup Squad of Houston, or Friends for Life.