Delia Aguillen Ambriz, Delia’s husband, Marcelino Ambriz, their son, Michael, and Michael’s wife, Desi, and their daughter, Marcella, are all proud DHS graduates, 1961, ‘60, ‘87, ‘90, and ‘93, respectively.
Delia’s story after high school began at USAA where she started out in the filing department and worked her way up to Junior Analyst. She remained at USAA for seven years, quitting to become a stay-at-home mom when Michael was born. However, three years later, Delia was offered a job with the City of Devine. Her career there lasted 26 years.
Delia began with the City as Office Clerk; then she became Office Manager. And during the last ten years, she served as City Treasurer/City Clerk. Delia’s responsibility in this position was keeping and preserving the minutes and proceedings of the City Council meetings, attending all council meetings, and conducting city elections. In addition, Delia recently retired from St. Joseph Catholic Church where she served as office secretary. She does still maintain her position as Minister of the Eucharist for the church. Delia adds, “Even though I am retired, I still get calls from the church office to help when needed.”
Delia and Marcelino (who is a graduate of Sul Ross University), were married in April of 1968. Their son, Michael, received his degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He and Desi, who graduated from the University of North Texas, live in Corinth, TX. They have three children: Jacob and twin daughters, Micaela and Alessandra. Delia’s and Marcelino’s daughter, Maricella, received her degree from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She and her husband have two children, Aiden and Bailey.
Travel has always been a big part of the Ambriz family. When the children were growing up, the family took their travel trailer to almost all of the states in the U.S. Since then, Delia and Marcelino have continued to travel, finding Niagara Falls to be a beautiful experience, and they have also enjoyed trips to Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, Mexico City. A blessed experience there was visiting the site where, “…Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego (who has been sainted) on December 9, 1531, and saw with our own eyes the tilma with the image of our Lady of Guadalupe, which remains perfectly preserved to this day.”
Other amazing trips include one to Italy where the Ambriz’ visited the Vatican in Rome where they “…experienced a unique insight of the Vatican, the step-less spiral staircases, Michaelangelo’s frescoed ceiling, St. Peter’s Basilica….” They also visited the Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Pompeii, the “mystical town” of Assisi “perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Venice.” Add to that their experience at St. Mark’s Square, Verona, the home of Shakespeare, the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Florence, and many other historical places.
Delia shares that one memorable travel experience was going to London with her daughter where they visited Windsor Castle and saw the changing of the Guards, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby, and The Tower of London, to name a few amazing historic places there. Next, they crossed the English Channel by ship to Paris where they saw the Ritz Hotel, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Palace of Versailles, The Arch of Triumph, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the portrait of Mona Lisa, The Opera House where the Phantom of the Opera originated, to name just a few of the many amazing places they enjoyed.
Nowadays, Delia enjoys her free time because she says it gives her and her husband the freedom to visit their grandkids whenever they feel like traveling to Dallas and to stay as long as they want. But, at this time, as much as they enjoyed traveling, she concludes, “I don’t believe we will be taking any more trips overseas.”