Teresita Zamlut Hernandez

Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Teresita Zamlut Hernandez, passed away in her home in Taylor Lake Village TX, on the evening of July 23, 2023 at 80 years of age, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Teresita was born on October 12, 1942, to Jorge Zamlut and Teresa Montero in the town of Cienfuegos, Cuba. In 1960, she and her brother Jorge were sent to the United States by their parents to escape the Fidel Castro Communist regime. In Miami, while working during the day, she attended night classes at her beloved University of Miami, where in 1964 she completed her degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. In December of the same year, she married the love of her life, Miguel Ángel Hernandez, Jr., at that time studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida. Teresita and Miguel had met back in Cuba five years earlier creating an attraction to each other that survived in spite residing quite far apart. That instant connection turned into a love story that continued throughout their long and happy marriage of almost 60 years.

After working as an accountant, Teresita’s career pivoted to her love for education so she could be closer to her two boys, Michael and Jorge. At the end of the Apollo program, NASA transferred Miguel from Florida to Houston, Texas. This was a very welcome move for Teresita who loved living in a metropolitan city providing access to a variety of cultural, sporting and recreational events. Teresita continued her career in education at the Alvin Independent School District as a teacher and later as Principal for Manvel Intermediate. In 1985, Teresita joined her husband in Europe where Hernandez Engineering had several contracts supporting manned spaceflight operations. This provided her the opportunity to travel through Europe, which led to a lifelong passion of worldwide travel and learning about other people’s cultures. Upon returning back to Houston, Teresita joined the company and played a key role in its growth.

Teresita had an unequivocal thirst for life and a personality that would fill any room she walked into. Grace and elegance were synonymous with Teresita. No one was a stranger and she made friends anywhere. She was also a fierce competitor in dominoes and canasta, which she played often with her close friends.

Although she cherished her careers in education and business, her true passions were traveling, fashion, reading great books on the beach, and most of all, her family.

Teresita leaves behind her devoted husband, Miguel Ángel, her children and their wives, Michael and Joanna; Jorge and Rosi; her five grandchildren Christopher, Matthew, Alexandra, Nicholas and Andrea Victoria. She also leaves behind her loving brother Jorge, his wife Ixia, her niece Ilean and her husband Frank.

A funeral mass will be held in her honor at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church (3131 El Dorado Blvd., Houston, TXthis Friday, July 28th at 11 am. The family does invite any floral arrangements to be sent, however, friends are welcome to donate to MD Anderson Cancer Center in her honor.


  1. My heart and love go out to the entire family! Teresita was the light in the room! So warm and so beautiful!

    The Hildreth family

    Theresa Hildreth
  2. Pasarás por mi amor, sin saber que pasastes.
    Y al pasar, fingiré una sonrisa cual un dulce contraste del dolor de quererte, y jamás lo sabrás.

    Jaime Ruiz
  3. Te digo adiós, y acaso, con esta despedida,
    mi más hermoso sueño muere dentro de mí…
    Pero te digo adiós para toda la vida,
    aunque toda la vida siga pensando en ti.

    Jaime Ruiz
  4. Darlene and I send our sympathy to Mike and all the family. Teresita was an absolute joy to know. She was one of the most engaging and welcoming persons we have ever known. We feel very fortunate to know her and Mike.

    Bill and Darlene Staples
  5. Dear Mike, Jorge, Michael, and family,

    Tery had such a zest for life that it´s hard to believe that she´s had to move on to the next leg of her journey. Although Tery did have so so many interests and loves, her family was by far the most important. She was so very proud of all of you.

    I am so sorry I cannot be there with you all on Friday to celebrate her life. I am in Vero Beach, Florida, 40 minutes or so north of Mike and Tery´s condo, aka `Tery´s Beach´, visiting family.

    Tery was first, my employer, and soon became a lifelong friend. My 17 years working for Mike and Tery were my most rewarding professionally and personally. Tery always made me feel that I was part of her extended family, as did Mike. I am so very grateful to have had Tery in my life. She will always be forever in my heart.
    Knowing Tery, she probably tried to prepare you all for this day, but you never can be truly prepared. May God bless you all and give you peace during this difficult time.

    Much love,

    Bettianne Rigano
  6. I consider it fortunate to have spent time and known Tere. I admire endlessly her enthusiasm and zest for life and very strong spirit despite any odds. I respect that and will forever remember her positive example of fortitude and determination.
    As she continues her journey, her strength and love will continue and lead all her loving family members. Try not to dispair, for that colorful spirit will continue to soar elsewhere. I believe this 💫

    Maria Amalia Martinez
  7. Our sincerest condolences go out to you and your family Mike.

    Shane Vaughn & Family

    Shane Vaughn
  8. Un abrazo grande a todos.

    Mari jo
  9. Every visit with Tere was a delight, truly a unique and wonderful person. Our Condolences to Mike and the Hernandez Family.

    Bradley & Kim Cramer

    Bradley Cramer
  10. She was one of my favorite teachers. In 1979 I went to an area contest in Accounting. She took me to Vargos to eat dinner. She was such a blessing to a young motherless girl. She was so very kind. I have a love for numbers because of her.
    Prayers for the family!

    Connie Hupe
  11. Sincere condolences for your collective loss.

    Robert Coull

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