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Obituaries – Dryden Jones, Michael Hainsworth, Aida Texter

Dryden Jones

Dryden Jones died January 14 at his home in La Floresta at the age of 92. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 14, 1923. In the spring of 1942 he was accepted at Harvard Collage but in November of 1942 he asked for a leave of absence to join the military. Jones became a pilot and flew a C47 aircraft in the South Pacific. He was proud to serve his country and when the war was over stayed in touch with all his comrades and attended every reunion. Sadly only four of his comrades are still alive. After the war Jones studied and became an Architect, builder and land planner. He designed and developed Indian Hill, one of the most prestige’s development in the Cincinnati area. After 50 years the exquisite homes are still among the most elegant on “on the Hill”

In 1998 Jones, his wife and two dogs came to Ajijic. Never one to take it easy he built an addition onto the Anglican church and was involved in building several of large estate houses in this area.

Jones was a man of many facets. He loved people and had never a bad word to say about anyone, he tried to live his life to the best of his ability. 

Several Years ago Jones started Handy Mail. He treated every one of his customers as an extended family member. As time took its toll Jones had a hard time getting around, but his sunny disposition soon made people forget that his body was disabled.  His mind was still very intact.  

Jones will be missed, not just by his wife, but also by his many friends and his dogs,  who thought he was the sun the moon and the stars.

Jones is survived by his son Dryden Jr. of Cincinnati and his daughter Alice Jones of Berkley, California and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at a later date.


Michael Hainsworth

Michael Hainsworth died in Guadalajara on December 26, 2014, from complications following an operation. He was 76.

Hainsworth’s lifelong sense of adventure and self-sufficiency came naturally. He was born in Peshawar, then part of pre-partition India, in 1938. Like many children of the British Raj, he was sent back to England to be educated, at the tender age of six. After leaving Wellington College, he was part of the last intake into Britain’s national service, and was commissioned as an officer in the elite submarine service. 

Having travelled to Canada during his time in the Royal Navy, he decided to try life in Montreal and moved there in 1962. He met his wife Jane in 1966. They married in England in 1968, and son, Myles was born in 1971. Life in Montreal was turbulent and interesting and they stayed there until 1996, when Hainsworth took early retirement from his job as Director of Marketing Communications at Concordia University, and Jane’s job took them to Toronto. 

The following years were very happy for Hainsworth. He studied with one of the world’s great tai chi masters, taught qigong and qualified in shiatsu massage. He played golf and crisscrossed Lake Ontario in their sailboat.

In 2001, Canadian winters drove them south to Lakeside and the sun and warmth of his childhood. Here he continued to teach tai chi until his death, and immensely enjoyed his golf with good friends, discussing the world, traveling, visiting the coast, and his beloved dogs. Perhaps his love of dancing the night away best personified how Hainsworth felt about life.

Jane and Myles will miss him always, as will his sister Coral, brother-in-law John, all his family in England and good friends everywhere.  He was a man who danced to the beat of his own drum.

Alda Texter

Aida Ramirez Texter when she passed away  from pneumonia on January 24 in Hospital Bernadette, Guadalajara. Her daughter Maria was with her at her passing.

Texter was born in New York City in December 22, 1927. A dancer from the time she could walk, Texter studied both classical ballet and Spanish flamenco dance as a child and young adult. Accepted into the American School of Ballet as a teenager she was trained by that exceptional faculty including by director and founder, George Balanchine.  At 17 she went to Sarasota, Florida and joined the Ringling Brothers Traveling Circus as a ballet dancer… for one summer. As a professional performer in her tw

enties Texter chose to focus on Flamenco and toured with the world famous company Antonio and Rosario where she met her future husband and dance partner, Roberto Iglesias. In 1955 Iglesias, with dance partner and wife Texter, formed Roberto Iglesias Ballet and Spainish, European and South American critics hailed it as the purest of the Spanish dance companies. Their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1957 resulted in outstanding reviews from critics and the company was offered a contract by Impresario Sol Hurok who presented them on Broadway and across the United States and Canada for the next several years.

Igesias and Texter later divorced and she raised their daughters with second husband, Flamenco guitarist William Barton Texter, in Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Florida. The couple retired to the Racquet Club in San Juan Cosala in 1998.

Texter was preceded in death by her husband William Texter in April, 2013. She is survived by daughters, Aida Rosario (Iglesias) Wages, New Albany, Indiana; Maria Dolores (Iglesias) Partridge, Reno, Nevada; grandchildren, Joshua Hollis, Walton, Kentucky and Erica (Hollis) Norrington, New Albany, Indiana; great grandchildren, Margot and Elliot Hollis and Mia and Reid Norrington.

A beautiful and talented artist, friend of many, she will be missed.




Obituary –Carol Anne Nilsen

Carol Anne Nilsen died December 28, 2014, from a sudden illness in her seasonal home in Upper Ajijic. Nilsen was born on July 16, 1941, in Seattle, Washington, and lived her entire life there. She was a talented violinist and fiddler. She and her husband, Sven, started an informal group in Ajijic that played old time fiddle and bluegrass music. Nilsen loved to travel, and after retirement she and Sven used Ajijic as a stepping off place to visit Peru, many archaeological ruins in Mexico and just this year, Ecuador, where her son Steven accompanied them.

Obituary - Dennis N. Hamper

Dennis N. Hamper

Dennis N. Hamper passed away November 4 at the age of 72.

Hamper was born July 21, 1942 in Yakima, Washington. The family moved to Seattle when Hamper was in his early teens.  He played baseball at Queen Anne High School, graduating in 1960.  After trying out for the San Francisco Giants and not making the cut, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Germany he met and married Lilo. After finishing with the military, they moved back to Seattle to raise their three daughters.

Hamper worked for Kraft Foods for many years. He started the Commissary Cash & Carry that grew to four stores in the Puget Sound area. After selling the business to United Grocers, Hamper opened the Crystal Gallery, and then the Wildwire Glass Blowing studio.

In 2011, Hamper and his wife moved to Lakeside, where he became a member of American Legion Post Seven.

Hamper had a larger than life personality, was a lot of fun to be around, and made friends wherever he went. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family who loved and respected him.

Hamper is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lilo: daughters Jeanette Wilkins (Brad), Teresa Brockway, Carmen Meyers (Rich); and grandchildren Meghan and Rebecca Wilkins, and Holli and Madison Meyers.



Obituary – Dr. Alejandro Cerda Valle

Dr. Alejandro Cerda Valle, who is best known at lakeside to his patients and customers at the Farmacias Express in Riberas del Pilar and San Antonio, died on January 15. 

Cerda Valle was born June 17, 1932, and was a loving husband, the father of eight children and 11 grandchildren.