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Jean Phyllis Ramsbottom
WEBSTER, TX — Jean Phyllis Ramsbottom passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2001 in Webster, TX at the age of 57. She was born in Creston, IA on Dec. 15, 1944. She worked as a U.S. Customs Inspector and was an actress and instructor in community theatre in New York and Chicago. She is survived by her mother, Mamie Ramsbottom and daughter, Gloria Ramsbottom, both of Webster, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of James Crowder Funeral Homes in Webster, TX. 

Adela G. Cruz
LOS FRESNOS — Adela G. Cruz, 87, passed away at a local nursing home on June 2, 2001. She was born Dec. 17, 1913 in Brownsville, TX and was a life long resident of Los Fresnos.
Mrs. Cruz is survived by her sons, Celedonio (Mary) Cruz of Los Fresnos, Claudio (Linda) Cruz of Harlingen, Ernesto (Mary) Cruz of Grand Prairie, TX; 5 sisters, Lydia Reyna, Aurora Guajardo, Abelina Guajardo, Emma (Manuel) Cisneros, Odelia (Eusebio) Salazar; 3 brothers, Gilberto, Guillermo and Octaviano Guajardo; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Cruz is preceded in death by her parents, Jose Maria and Nieves Guajardo Sr.; husband, Ezequiel Cruz Sr.; son, Ezequiel Cruz Jr.; and grandson, Ernesto "Sonny" Cruz.
A Holy Rosary was recited on Sun., June 3 at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be on Mon., June 4 at 2 p.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Los Cuates Cemetery in Los Fresnos.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Hugo, George, Gabriel, Carlos, Hector Cruz and Joey Guajardo.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors in San Benito. 

Odilia Canales Garza
HARLINGEN — Odilia Canales Garza (Lile), 78, was born in Brownsville, TX on Apr. 22, 1923. She was the daughter of Asencion and Irene (Jimenez) Canales. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Octaniano E. Garza, formerly of Detroit, MI.
She is survived by her 2 daughters, Margarita L. Garza of Harlingen and Irene G. Alvarez of Detroit, MI; 2 grandchildren, Victoria and Antonio both of Detroit, MI; 2 brothers, Ovidio (Eloisa) Canales of Harlingen and Benito (Elvira) Canales of Santa Rosa; sister, San Juanita (Felix) Chavez of Harlingen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Proverbs 31:10 – " Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies."
Pallbearers will be Arturo Canales, Alfredo Canales, Daniel Canales, Hilberto Canales, Hector Rodriguez, Benito Canales Jr., and Michael Canales.
Visitation will be today at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Trinity Funeral Chapels from 4 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A Holy Rosary will be recited on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Fr. Carlos Zuniga as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Santo Nombre Cemetery under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels, 1217 South F St., Harlingen, TX. 

Virginia Lee Coley
ARROYO CITY — Virginia Lee Coley, 77, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
Virginia was born in Helena, OK on October 28, 1923 and had been a resident of the area for over 60 years. She was an active member of the Arroyo Baptist Church, and her greatest achievement was the example she set for her family and friends.
Virginia is survived by her son, Dan Coley (Joyce) of Arroyo City; daughter, Beverly Bowers of Houston; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Dovie Bannworth of Corpus Christi.
Memorial services will be held at the Arroyo Baptist Church at 3 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2001 with the Rev. Pat Graham officiating.
The family requests that those desiring to do so may make memorial donations to the Arroyo Baptist Church or to the charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

Celedonio Figueroa
LYFORD — Celedonio Figueroa, 66, passed away June 1, 2001 at his home in Lyford, TX. He was born March 3, 1935 in Mexico to Jose and Maria Isabel (Espinoza) Figueroa. He moved to Lyford from Joliet, Ill. in June of 2000.
Visitation will be held today, Sunday, June 3, 2001 from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Duddlesten Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. on June 4th at the Alpha-Omega Bautista Iglesia in Lyford. Interment will follow at the Lyford Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Figueroa is survived by his wife, Cristina Figueroa of Lyford; eight sons, Jose Figueroa of Coal City, Ill., Francisco, Celedonio, Jr. and Ricky Figueroa, all of Joliet, Ill., Juan Figueroa of Romeoville, Ill., Robert S. Figueroa of Bolingbrook, Ill., Cisco S. and Alex Figueroa, both of Lyford; three daughters, Maria Simpson of Joliet, Ill., Vivian Mather of Monee, Ill. and Lucy Washington of Chicago, Ill.; mother, Maria Isabel Figueroa of Sebastian; two brothers, Ignacio Figueroa of Sebastian and Serapio Figueroa of Lyford. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his sons, Jose Figueroa, Francisco Figueroa, Celedonio Figueroa, Jr., Juan Figueroa, Robert S. Figueroa, Ricky Figueroa, Cisco S. and Alex Figueroa.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Guadalupe L. Galvan
SAN BENITO — Guadalupe L. Galvan, 81, entered into rest on June 1, 2001 at his residence.
Mr. Galvan was born on December 12, 1919. He is survived by his wife, Paula G. Galvan; 4 sons, 6 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; his sister, Gumecinda Meza; and his brother, Geronimo Galvan.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2001 from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the San Benito Funeral Home. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday, June 4, 2001 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home. 

Ignacio Estrada
MERCEDES — Ignacio Estrada, 78, died early Friday morning at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.
Mr. Estrada was preceded in death by his wife, Bernardina, on January 16, 1993. He is survived by four sons, Lorenzo Estrada, Magdaleno Estrada, Felipe Estrada and Paulo Estrada, all of Mercedes; three daughters, Sylvia Fernandez of Denver, CO, Maria Elena Rodriguez of Arlington, TX, Maria de Jesus Cantu of Santa Maria; two brothers, Julian Estrada and Miguel Estrada, both of Durango, Durango, Mex.; four sisters, Juana Estrada of Durango, Durango, Mex., Estefana Estrada, Santos Estrada and Andrea Estrada of Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mex. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes. 

Adela G. Cruz
LOS FRESNOS — Adela G. Cruz, 87, passed away at a local nursing home on June 2, 2001. She was born December 17, 1913 in Brownsville, Texas and was a life long resident of the Los Fresnos area. Mrs. Cruz is survived by sons, Celedonio (Mary) Cruz of Los Fresnos, Claudio (Linda) Cruz of Harlingen, Ernesto (Mary) Cruz of Grand Prairie, TX; 3 sisters, Lydia Reyna, Aurora Guajardo and Abelina Guajardo; 3 brothers, Gilberto, Guillermo and Octaviano Guajardo; and 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Cruz is preceded in death by parents, Jose Maria and Nieves Guajardo, Sr.; husband, Ezequiel Cruz, Sr.; son, Ezequiel Cruz, Jr.; and grandson, Ernesto "Sonny" Cruz.
A Holy Rosary will be recited on Sunday, June 3, 2001 at Thomae-Garza Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be on Monday, June 4, 2001 at 2 p.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Los Cuates Cemetery in Los Fresnos. Pallbearers will be the grandsons.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors of San Benito. 

Maria Candelaria Almanza Quintino
SAN BENITO — Mrs. Maria Candelaria Almanza Quintino was born January 29, 1908 and entered into eternal rest on June 1, 2001 at her residence in San Benito, Texas.
Mrs. Quintino was born and raised in Uriria, Guanajuato, Mexico. She resided in San Benito, Texas since 1968.
She is survived by her daughter, Elvira A. Zavala and family; granddaughters, Maria Elena Zavala, Celia Garza; grandsons, Castulo Zavala, Manuel Zavala, Jose Luis Zavala, Trinidad Zavala and all their children from San Benito; her sons, Jose Almanza (Martha) and grandchildren from Pennsylvania, Trinidad Almanza (Natividad) and grandchildren from Galveston, TX; brothers, Joaquin Quintino, Manuel Quintino and sister Soledad Quintino in Uriria, Gto., Mexico; a cousin, Jesus Zavala Quintino and family of Sandoval, Tamaulipas, Mexico; a niece, Esperanza Villagomez and family of San Benito, TX and Maria Quintino from Rio Grande City, TX and all her other relatives (cousins, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren).
Her husband, Mr. Jose Almanza; brothers, Refugio Quintino, Miguel Quintino and Trinidad Quintino; and a sister, Amalia Quintino, preceded her in death.
She was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.
Visitation will be held today, Sunday, June 3, 2001 from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. at San Benito Funeral Home Chapel.
Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2001 at San Benito Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 4, 2001 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in San Benito. Interment will follow at San Benito City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Emilio Zavala, Castulo Zavala, Jr., Jose Manuel Zavala, Jr., Dominique Zavala, Jaime Javier Zavala Garza and Jose Manuel Almanza.
Funeral services are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 W. Hwy 77, San Benito, Texas. 

Mario Garcia-Muñoz
HARLINGEN — Mario Garcia-Muñoz was born on April 5, 1923 in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. He went to be with the Lord in Heaven on May 31, 2001 at his residence. His family was at his side.
Mr. Garcia-Muñoz was preceded in death by his father, Ignacio Garcia; his mother, Anna Maria Muñoz-Garcia; and two daughters, both named Maria Luisa. He is survived by his wife, Claudia Galvez de Garcia; 5 sons and 2 daughters, Ignacio Antonio, Mario, Jr., (Diana Longoria), Jorge Arnoldo (Terri Pawlowski), Maria de los Angeles (Juan Longoria), Raul (Arminda Marroquin), Dr. Anna Maria Garcia (Vicente Ortiz) and Luis (Therese Marie Layman); 19 grandchildren, Diane Irene, Javier Antonio Tizoc (Dawn Rogers), Sergio Antonio Cuahtemoc, Jaime Antonio Axayacatl, Velma Jo Ann Kotzur (Frank), Melissa Siebert (Eric), Monica Calderon (Mario), Crystal Mayberry, Cindy Juarez (Gabriel), Patricia Pedraza (Ceasar), Veronica Longoria, Raul Jr., Nadia, Tina Patricia, Jessica Marie, Jose Luis, Luis Mario, Jonathan William and Andrew Luis; and 14 great-grandchildren, Dante Antonio Iztoc, Juliette Lynn, Urban Joseph Kotzur, Andria and Nicholas Siebert, Brittany Glaze and Kameron Calderon, Victoria Diamante, Nicole Deandra and Nathan Dante Juarez, Christian Patrick Crayton, Alexis Lauren Pedraza and Christian Rey Rodriguez.
At the age of 15, Mario began working for Ferrocarriles de Mexico as a line railroad assistant in and around Jalapa, Veracruz. By the age of 22, he had married Claudia Galvez and worked as a painter in Mexico City and Valsequillo, Puebla. He came to the United States in 1945 and became a legal resident of this country in 1955. 
In Harlingen, he worked with the Harlingen Water Works ("Yo trabaje en el pico y la pala" – I worked with the pick and the shovel) and Pepsi Cola. 
He quickly learned the English vernacular of his trade and consistently relied on his children for assistance in improving his knowledge of English. At the grass roots level, Mario, like many Mexican immigrants, played an important role in the economic development of his adopted country and his Harlingen community. In his 56 years of living in Harlingen, he consistently provided jobs to at least 6 workers and was very proud of being self-employed. 
Throughout his 56 years of service to his trade, he gave from his heart and always thanked his God for the many blessings he received. "Le doy Gracias a Dios porque a mi nunca me falta trabajo" (I thank God because I always have work), he often said to his children. Mario’s hard work and honest living was exemplified as he provided a fair price for his clients and a fair wage for his workers. 
In the early 1950’s, he often had a crew of up to 10 men working in and around Harlingen. Like many immigrants, he overcame many of the challenges of his adopted land. He overcame prejudice, insensitivity and the abuse of those who took advantage of illegal immigrants. He was always able to look people in the eyes knowing that his work was honest, fair and just. As a painter, he painted houses and businesses throughout Harlingen, the Valley and South Texas. 
He developed some beautiful friendships with many "patrones." These friendships were noble and sincere. He was quick-witted and a romantic at heart. A self-educated man, Mario read consistently, listened to Mexican information radio stations of the 40’s and 50’s and watched the current education and talk shows. His favorite topics included government, economics and religion. He talked about his uncles in Mexico, who were lawyers, educators, engineers and businessmen. He remembered one uncle in particular who served as Secretary of Public Education in Jalapa, Veracruz and in Mexico City. 
His love for his Mexican roots was very evident. He always thanked and remembered his aunt, Maria Luisa Garcia de Aburto, as the surrogate mother who took a young orphan child and instilled in him the love of God, duty and honor. In his life, the path of God’s love was clear. 
Although a man of the world, his duty to his wife as a provider was never compromised. He loved to read and debate universal issues. His friends will remember that Mario loved to talk. To his children, he gave the gifts of love, respect, a sense of responsibility and independence. While his love for his native Mexico never left his heart, he encouraged his children to work hard and be part of and never apart from his adopted country. His pride was always seen as he talked about his children in college and in the military (2 career U.S. Army soldiers, one a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, a captain and a specialist in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and a young marine who served in Vietnam). He was especially proud of his children as leaders in their work.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and always found time to help his church. He loved to cook and often helped with fund raising activities. Mario "el pintor," as referred by many, loved to talk and make friends. If he met you and you gave him a minute, you made a friend for life. He would go out of his way to please you.
Mario is now with his Maker. His wife, children and grandchildren will remember him as a man who loved life. He lived life one day at a time and accepted life as it was and not as it should be. His gentle heart will always be with us. His steadfastness will be with us. His love of God and life will be with us. Mario, "el pintor," has gone to rest. However, he left a legacy that will continue to encourage his offspring with a sense of responsibility to God, duty and honor.
Visitation will be held today from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the Holy Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A Holy Mass is scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2001 at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Salvador Tinajero, Frank Kotzur, Juan Longoria, Javier Antonio Tizoc Garcia, Raul Garcia and Jaime Antonio Axayacatl. Honorary pallbearers will be Licensiado Jorge Martinez-Aburto, Licensiado de leyes Rafael Santoro, Carlos Vela, Attorney at Law, Lazaro Benavides and Reynaldo Martinez.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel.

Maria Angelina Elizalde
HARLINGEN — Maria Angelina "Angie" Elizalde, 71, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Angie was born on Aug. 2, 1929 in Laredo, TX to Gregorio and Elvira Pena.
Angie graduated from Baylor University in 1951 and soon after went to work at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. She worked for many years there as a Supervisor with Surgical Pediatrics. After her employment with Valley Baptist Medical Center she worked with the State of Texas Public Health Department and then as a Supervisor with the San Benito Health Department.
She is survived by her daughter, Roanne M. (Gilbert) Perez of Harlingen; grandchildren, Priscilla Martinez, Katherine Martinez and Gilbert Perez II all of Harlingen; step-grandchildren, Stephanie and Amanda Perez; great-grandchild, Summer Nicole Partida; and sister, Armandina de la Garza.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roberto B. Elizalde and sisters, Elvira P. Martinez and Elia Arce.
Funeral services will be held at the Assumption Catholic Church in Harlingen at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2001. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria.
Pallbearers will be Gilbert Perez, Frank Perez, Jose L. Perez, Jesse (Jay) Aguirre, Frank Arguelles, and David Eric Garcia.
Angie will be most remembered by her family as a special lady and loving mom, and by others for her lasting impression of caring and concern for all whom she came in contact with
"I‘m Free"
Don‘t grieve for me, for now I‘m Free. I‘m following the path God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things I, too, will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life‘s been full, I savored much…good friends, good times, a loved one‘s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don‘t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now, He set me free.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Mario Munoz Garcia
HARLINGEN — Mario Munoz Garcia, 79, went to be with the Lord in Heaven, May 31, 2001, at his residence with his family at his side.
Visitations will be held today from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the holy rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral mass is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 4, 2001 at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony‘s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemtery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel.

Willard G. Sauerbrei
LEBANON, MI — Willard G. Sauerbrei, 73, passed away Thurs., May 31, 2001 at Breech Medical Center in Lebanon, MO. He was born on Dec. 30,1927 in Tripoli, IA to Walter and Anna (Rathe) Sauerbrei. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in 1946-47 as a Staff Sgt., 21st Rgmt., 24th Battalion in Japan during their first free election..
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carolyn of Lebanon, MO; 4 children, Sandra (Jerry) Huston of Springfield, MO, Murray (Kathy) Sauerbrei of Columbus, WI, Thomas (Pat) Sauerbrei of NJ, Alan (Michelle) Sauerbrei of Wichita Falls, TX; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Services will be held June 8 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew‘s Lutheran Church in Readlyn. Interment will follow at St. Matthew‘s Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Kaiser Corson Funeral Homes, Inc. in Readlyn, IA.

Clara Eleas
HARLINGEN — Clara Eleas, 87, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2001 at her home in Harlingen. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and an active life long Jehovah Witness.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. on June 2, 2001, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, 201 W. Loop 499 & Breedlove Harlingen.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Maria Angelina "Angie" Pena Elizalde
HARLINGEN — Maria Angelina "Angie" Pena Elizalde, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center, a rosary will be said on Friday, June 1, 2001 at 7 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2001 at the Assumption Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Connie A. McCown
HARLINGEN, TX — Connie A. McCown, 58, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2001, at Valley Baptist Memorial Center in Harlingen, Texas.
She was born June 16, 1942 in Rayville, MO, and moved to Harlingen in 1994 when she and her husband became the owners of La Mirada Country Estates. They sold the business in 1999 and traveled the United States visiting their many friends.
She is survived by her husband, Richard McCown; one son daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Donna McCown; one brother and his wife, Donald and Jacqueline Mullin and other relatives.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 31, from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Mont/Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77-83, Harlingen, TX. Family will be present from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Memorial services will be held at the funeral home, Friday, June 1, 2001 at 10 a.m.
Funeral directions are under the direction of Mont/Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home 428-9004. 

Jesse Wilfred Sloss Jr.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at his residence on South Padre Island. Born July 15, 1936 in Brownsville, Texas to Jesse W. Sloss Sr. and Maria del Rosario Gavito Sloss. Attended St. Joseph Academy and the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from Texas Southmost College, Brownsville. He served with honor in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, acting as personal bodyguard to General Brown. Jesse was a Master Electrician who owned his own electrical contracting business and who worked at NASA in Houston during the early years of the aerospace program.
The last few, very happy years he spent as a professional Charter Fishing Captain, working on the Laguna Madre out of South Padre Island. He loved to teach people, especially children, how to fish and have a great time on the water.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Whaley Sloss; two sons, Jesse W. "Rusty" Sloss III and David "JoJo" Sloss; three daughters, Rosemary Parra, Sandra Isbell and Deborah Sloss; one stepdaughter, Alexandra Burban; five sisters, Elsie Ireland, Sylvia Schroeder, Rose Lee Dorsey, Rose Marie de los Santos and Bonnie Rigelsky; eight grandchildren, several aunts and uncles and many, many friends from the Rio Grande Valley, all across the United States, Mexico and Canada.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 1, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Darling-Mouser Chapel in Port Isabel.
Military honors will be conducted at the Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Port Isabel. 

Mary Rebecca Guymon
HARLINGEN, TX — Mary Rebecca Guymon, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. She was born February 15, 1914. She was a member of the Raymondville Art Legion and Tri Delt. She worked for the Raymondville School for numerous years and she moved to Raymondville from La Jara, Colorado in 1940.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., May 31st, at the First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Katie Guymon of Houston; two sons, Richard Guymon of Ballgrand, GA and James Tomas Guymon of Nevada. She is also survived by one grandson, Travis Guymon.
Pallbearers will be Joe Pennington, Mark Brown, Carl Wertz, Kenny Haynes, Dick Fiero and John Wesley Walker.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Mary Kathleen Kerford Rhone
RAYMONDVILLE — Mary Kathleen Kerford Rhone was born in Mexico City on May 8, 1914 to Francis John and Maria Loretto Kerford. Kathleen was raised in Mexico City and Tampico, Mexico and came to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Upon graduation from high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania she moved to San Antonio, Texas. On January 29, 1944 she married Louis W. Rhone. They moved to Raymondville in 1946. She resided in Raymondville and San Antonio for the rest of her life. She was active in many civic organizations including the Raymondville Junior League, Zonta International, ABWA, and the St. Anthony‘s Altar Society.
She is preceded in death by her mother, father, Sister Maria del Consuelo Kerford and brother Francis John (Pancho) Kerford.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Louis W. Rhone, daughter, Kathleen (Kathy) Rhone Ehlinger; son-in-law Tom Ehlinger; grandson, Daniel Ehlinger, granddaughter, Melinda Ehlinger; cousin, Sister Mary Pat Rivers; sister-in-law, Gunda Kerford and nieces Christina and Barbara Kerford.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to St. Anthony‘s Altar Society, St. Anthony‘s Catholic Church, Raymondville, Texas or to the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Dr. Candice Downing, Dr. Theresa Lichtner, and the staff of the 5th floor south Valley Baptist Medical Center for all of their help. Rosary will be at Duddlesten Funeral Home, Raymondville, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2001. Mass will be at St. Anthony‘s Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2001. Mass will be at St. Anthony‘s Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2001. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Antonio, on Saturday, June 2, 2001.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Alvie Harold Frazier
SAN BENITO — Alvie Harold Frazier, 74, passed away to eternal rest on Sunday, May 27, 2001 at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen. He was born on January 13, 1927 at Vienna, Louisiana in Lincoln Parrish. He married Alma B. (Nubbin) Davis on July 13, 1948 at Sanger, Texas.
Survived by his lovely wife of 53 years is Alma B. Frazier and his son, Davis (Vickie) Frazier; granddaughter Nicole Ashley; grandson, Ryan Davis Frazier all of Richmond, Texas; a sister, Judy Frazier of Aubrey, Texas; brother, Joe Frazier of Damascus, MD; niece, Dennis Bartley of Lubbock, Texas; nephew, John Wayne Frazier of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Jonathan Frazier of Gaithersburg, MD and numerous great nieces and great nephews and by his many good friends.
Alvie Harold Frazier is preceded in death by his parents, Alvie Floyd Frazier, and Lillie Mae King Frazier and by his older brother, John W. Frazier.
Alvie Harold Frazier was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #1661, and a lifetime member of the Ingleside V.F.W. Post #6386, and a member of the La Feria American Legion Post #0439. He had also served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.
There will be a memorial service scheduled for Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. at Thomae Funeral Home located at 701 North Bowie in San Benito.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home.

Aurelio Valdez
WESLACO — Aurelio Valdez, 66, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2001 after a brief illness in Donna. Born in Rio Bravo, he was longtime Weslaco resident. Mr. Valdez was an employed with the City of Weslaco. He was an accomplished musician having played the accordion since childhood age, and being a member of various musical groups. He was preceded in death by his wife Josefina Valdez on May 1, 2000.
He is survived by his children, Aurelio Valdez Jr. of Donna, Juan Manuel Valdez, Antonio Valdez, Gloria Banda all of Weslaco and Sonia Mendoza of Donna. He is also survived by his mother, Juanita S. Valdez of Weslaco and his sisters Alicia Gutierrez of Rio Bravo, Amalia Pulido of Reynosa, Amelia Aguilar, Aracelia Perez and one brother Anibal Valdez all of Weslaco, 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday May 30, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco with Dr. Henry Alvarez, pastor of Templo De Adoracion El Shadai in Weslaco and Rev. Alfredo Herrera of Iglesia Apostolica in Donna officiating. Interment will then follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Pallbearers will be Anibal Valdez, Aurelio Valdez Jr., Juan M. Valdez, Antonio Valdez, Victor Manuel Mendoza and Alfredo Banda.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home. 

Christine Andrews Paul
WESLACO — Christine Andrews Paul, 91, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. On March 8, 1910 she was the first born girl in Christine, Texas where she grew up and attended school and lived until she married Herman Paul on September 30, 1927. They lived in many south Texas towns and in 1938 settled into the community of Petronila where they lived for 38 years raising their five children. After Mr. Paul‘s retirement in 1967, they moved to Devine and later to Weslaco. Christine was active in the Eastern Star and many Methodist Churches across Texas.
Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Herman in 1993. She is survived by one son, William Herman Paul Jr. and wife Geneva of Augusta, SC; four daughters, Georgia Wahl and husband Benny of Weslaco, Pauline Pollard of Robstown, Colleen Flaherty and husband C.N. "Chuck" of Pineville, LA, Gloria Blanton and husband Ronald of Boerne. Mrs. Paul was blessed with 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great great grandsons; sister, Jenna May Bell of Houston; sisters-in-law Clara Paul, Louise Paul and Doris Graham, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held, Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the Christine First Baptist Church in Christine, Texas with the Rev. Dennis Thompson of Bandera officiating. Interment will then follow at the Christine City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Those who wish to make memorial donations may do so to the First United Methodist Church in Weslaco or to the charity of one‘s choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home. 

Guadalupe C. Rodriguez
RAYMONDVILLE — Guadalupe C. Rodriguez, 77, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. She was born August 8, 1923 in Raymondville to Jose and Sara (Pena) Correa. She was a member of the Guadalupanas, Ladies Auxiliary, retired after working for RISD for over 20 years and the Amigos Del Valle. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery. A rosary will be Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Duddlesten Chapel.
She is survived by her three sons, Eloy (Blanche) Rodriguez of Harlingen, Ernesto Rodriguez of McAllen and Enrique (Sarah) Rodriguez of Mission; two daughters, Elva G. (Noe Sr.) Gonzales of Raymondville and Emilia R. (Scott) Williamson of Corpus Christi; one brother, Ruben Salazar of Hargill and one sister, Benigna (Bennie) Garza of Corpus Christi. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be Javier Gonzales, Ernie Rodriguez Jr., Noe Gonzales Jr., Michael S. Williamson, Sergio Rodriguez and Roy Rodriguez.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Helen Marlow
MODESTO, Calif. — Helen Marlow, 77, of Modesto passed away Saturday at Hy-Lond Convalescent Center.
Mrs. Marlow was a native of Gramling, S.C. She lived in Modesto many years. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Centenary Methodist Church. She was a volunteer at Memorial Medical Center for more than 15 years. She was also active in United Methodist Women at Centenary United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, William Marlow of Modesto; children, William Marlow of Columbus, Ohio, John Marlow of Harlingen, Texas, Bert Marlow of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Fitz Marlow of Modesto and Charles Marlow of Pacific Grove; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Centenary United Methodist Church. No public visitation. Private services. The Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs is in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be made to Centenary United Methodist Memorial Fund, 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto 95350 or Community Hospice, 601 McHenry Ave., Modesto 95350. 

Manuela G. Sandoval
HARLINGEN, TX — Manuela G. Sandoval, 72, of Harlingen entered into rest May 28, 2001 at a local hospital.
She is survived by her loving husband, Ygnacio Sandoval of Harlingen; daughters, Maria Elena Guerra and Graciela Candanoza both of Houston and Irma Zornes of New Braunfels; her son, Raul Sandoval of Houston; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Consuelo Diaz of McAllen and a brother, Ramiro Gonzalez of Houston.
She is preceded in death by her son, Rudy Sandoval.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.
Funeral servies will be held Thursday departing the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial and interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Zornes, Roland Guerra, Michael Guerra, Derek Sandoval, Santos Guerra and Julian Candanoza.
We would like to thank the staff at Retama Manor Nursing Home, Dr. Torkildsen and the Valley Baptist Hospital 5th floor nurses.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home.

Marguerite Mullere
ELSA / HARLINGEN — Marguerite Mullere, 86, along time Valley resident passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. Marguerite was born to Melvin Tarver and Valerie Alverson on March 16, 1915 in Bonham, Texas. She married Marcel Jean "Frenchie" Mullere in Harlingen in 1938. They moved to Elsa, where she worked at Engleman Gardens Produce Company and at the Skyline Drive In Movie theater. She and her husband moved to McAllen in 1962 where she worked as a switch board operator for many years until the death of her husband in 1970. She then moved to the Harlingen area in 1972 where she lived with her son, Jean. She is preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, T.B. Tarver and Babe Ruth Tarver.
Marguerite is survived by her son, Jean Marcel Mullere and his wife, Mary Jane of San Benito; two brothers, Doyle Tarver of Houston and Denver Tarver of California; grandchildren, Cindy Richter of La Vernia, Texas, Darla Tilden and Starla Hughston both of San Benito, Charles Robert Mullere of Columbus, Kan., and eight great grandchildren, Zachary, Ashlynn, Landon, Ashley, Taylor, Shelby, Hunter and Eric. Graveside services will be held today Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Officiating will be David Mann, Chaplain at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home.

Christine Paul
WESLACO — Funeral services for Christine Paul, 91, will be Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the Christine Baptist Church in Christine, TX. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present to receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Arrangements are pending under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco. 

Marguerite Mullere
HARLINGEN — Marguerite Mullere, 86, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. Visitation for Mrs. Mullere will take place Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home with family present from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

Marcos Antonio Martinez
LA FERIA — Marcos Antonio Martinez, 36, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of La Feria.
"I’m Free"
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all.
He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Martinez Sr.
He is survived by his mother, Guillerma Garcia Martinez; 2 brothers, Manuel Martinez Jr. and Mario Martinez; 2 sisters, Martha Tovar and Melinda Martinez; and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 12 p.m. at La Feria Faith Church with pastors Oscar Laredo and Rene Vega officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77-83, Harlingen, TX. 

Ara B. Haddock
PHARR — Ara B. Haddock, 103, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 at San Juan Nursing Home.
She came to the Valley in 1935 and was a permanent resident of Pharr since 1936. She resided at Twinbrooke South Nursing Home in McAllen in 1986 and then moved to San Juan Nursing Home in 1991. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Pharr.
She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Nathaniel Haddock in 1971 and by 10 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her son, Ronal T. Haddock of Harlingen; grandson, Ronal D. Haddock of Freeport, TX; and by a niece.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 29 at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery on North Taylor Road in McAllen with Pastor Mike Flanagan officiating.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Skinner-Silva Funeral Home of Pharr. 

Raul Cortez
LYFORD — Mr. Raul Cortez, 76, passed away on Thursday 24 May 2001 at his residence in Lyford. He was born on 7 June 1924 in Sebastian to Mr. and Mrs. Romulo Cortez.
He is survived by his children, Reyes (Mary) Cortez, Enedina (Tony) Layton, Raul (Berta) Cortez Jr., Johnny (Terressa) Cortez, Rene (Irene) Cortez; grandchildren, Sandra (Mark) Kent, Ricardo (Mary) Cortez, Stephanie (Charles) Beddow, Reyes Cortez Jr., Tony (Ruby) Layton Jr., Tammie (Alex) Torres, Michelle Layton, John Charles Cortez, Brittney Cortez, Taylor Cortez, Rebecca Cortez, Diane Cortez, Kristen Cortez, Danielle Cortez, Alyssa Cortez, Sonya (Don) Dairymple, Annette Cortez, Deanna Cortez, and Kathryn Cortez; brothers, Valentin, Felipe, Trinidad and Arnulfo Cortez; sisters, Enedina Cortez, and Maximina Cortez; sisters-in-law, Eustalia Salinas, Alejandra Cruz, Antonia Loya, and Lydia Loya. He is preceded in death by his wife, Raquel on 18 March 2001 and a son on November 1964. Pallbearers will be Reyes Cortez, Raul Cortez Jr., Johnny Cortez, Rene Cortez, Antonio Layton Jr., and Ricardo Cortez.
Visitation will be held Monday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Hernandez Funeral Home. Visitation on Tuesday, May 29 will be from 8:30 a.m. till 10 a.m. at which time a funeral Mass will be celebrated at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lyford, TX. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Lyford. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hernandez Funeral Home in Raymondville. 

Maria Raquel Castelan
LA FERIA — Maria Raquel Castelan, 78, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center due to a lengthy illness. She was a native of Tulancingo de Bravo, Mexico. She had lived in La Feria most of her life. She was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Epifanio Rangel Castelan; and 3 children, Baby Boy Castelan, Rosita Castelan and Antonio Castelan. She is survived by 12 children, Genaro (Minerva) Castelan of Dover, FL, Domingo (Patricia) Castelan of Santa Rosa, TX, Epifanio (Elia) Castelan Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL, Roberto (Barbara J.) Castelan of Republic, OH, Tomas (Consuelo) Castelan of La Feria, TX, Reynaldo (Rosita) Castelan of Bryan, TX, Gerardo (Rosemary) Castelan of La Feria, TX, Mary (Juan) Ortiz of Austin, TX, Josefina (Calvin) Wright of Pasadena, TX, Liboria (Federico) Ortiz of Dallas, TX, Yolanda (Ed) Howell of Harlingen, TX, and Herlinda Castelan of La Feria; and 50 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren.
A Rosary was recited Sunday evening and the Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28 at St. Francis of Xavier Catholic Church with Father Carlos celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at Solis Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Proverbs 31:31, "Give her the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates."
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Trinity Funeral Chapels in Harlingen, 1217 South F Street. 

Francisco Hernandez
HARLINGEN — Francisco Hernandez, 92, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Leonor Hernandez of Harlingen; sons, Beto Solis of Indio, CA, Charlie Martinez of Houston, Francisco Hernandez Jr. of Florida, and Carlos Hernandez of Harlingen; daughters, Janie Torres of Harlingen, Ramona Hernandez of Arkansas, Leonor Hernandez of Florida, Petra Garcia of Harlingen, Maria Reyes of Harlingen, and Lupita Barrera of Harlingen; and 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Ester Medrano of Brownsville, Geronimo Hernandez of Progresso, Abigail Cuevas, Petra Reyes, Librada Escandon and Pepe Hernandez all of Matamoros, Mexico.
Visitation will be held today from 4 p.m. ‘til 9 p.m. A Rosary will be recited Mon., May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The Mass will be on Tues., May 29 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels in Harlingen, 1217 South F Street.

Robert Park Frix
HARLINGEN — Robert Park Frix, 85, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 in Camelot Assisted Living. Robert was born on the family farm in Nash, TX on Sept. 5, 1915 to Nesbyt and Minnie Kelly Frix. 
His family moved to the Valley when he was a young boy. He graduated from Stuart Place High School, where his favorite teacher, Mrs. Stanley Crockett, wrote his Valedictory address. She was also an honored guest at his 80th birthday party. Robert attended college in Tex-Arkana, Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin in Nachadoches, TX. Bob was proud of his contribution to the World War II effort by assisting in the construction of military installations including the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State where his son manages one of the companies clearing up the radioactive waste. 
Mr. Frix spent his life engaged in farming and related activities. He raised his family in Mercedes, where he was a fifty-year member of the Masonic Lodge 32-degree Mason and a member of the Harlingen Alzafar Shrine. 
Robert is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, JoAnne Scott Frix and son Frederick Lewis Frix. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Maj. Gen. Robert Scott and Maurine Frix and their children Alexander and Michele of Washington State; daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Andrew and Joanna Burgess of Houston; granddaughter, Leslie Scott Lokey; sister, Flora Davis of Texarkana; brother, C.D. Frix and wife of San Antonio, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Robert acquired many friends during his lifetime. His family is especially grateful to the Carl Bauer family of La Feria, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Burns of Harlingen and Mrs. Erva Puckett also of Harlingen and formerly of Mercedes. 
There will be a celebration of his life at the Camelot Retirement Village, 1000 Camelot in Harlingen at 5 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2001. The white tailed bucks of South Texas are breathing sighs of relief knowing of their added safety for seasons to come. 
Bob has a new lease in the Happy Hunting Ground. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home in Harlingen. 

Robert C. Sparr
WESLACO — Robert C. Sparr, 92, Weslaco, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at John Knox Village. Memorial Services will be Tuesday, May 29, at 11 AM at John Knox Village Chapel. He was born in Wayne County Ohio, the son of Ernest and Anna Cutter Sparr. He worked over 35 years for the Timken Roller Bearing Company in Wooster, Ohio, retiring in 1969. He became a part time resident of the valley in 1970, and a permanent resident in 1991. His wife, Irene, died in 1994.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Ted M. and Kathleen C. Sparr, Durham, New Hampshire; daughter, Nan S. Allen, Silver Spring, Maryland; grandson, Robert H. Sparr, Menlo Park, California; and granddaughter and her spouse, Elizabeth I. and Michael Hilliard.

Jesus Javier Villarreal
HARLINGEN — Jesus Javier Villarreal, 21, who was born May 20, 1980 in Harlingen, Texas to Juan and Elizabeth Villarreal, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2001 in Harlingen.
Survivors of Mr. Villarreal are his wife, Laura Villarreal; two daughters, Denise Elizabeth and Destiny Elise Villarreal; mother, Elizabeth Villarreal; four brothers, Juan, Jr., Jorge, Jose and Gilberto Villarreal; and one sister, Julia Villarreal, all of Harlingen, TX. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and one nephew also survive him. His father, Juan A. Villarreal, preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held Sunday, May 27, 2001 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 28, 2001 at Assumption Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Olmales Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Reynaldo Gonzales, Gilberto, Jose, Jorge, Roy and Romero, Jr. Villarreal.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

Rita G. Cortez
RIO HONDO — Rita G. Cortez, 82, entered into rest on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at Dolly Vinsant Hospital in San Benito, TX. Mrs. Cortez was a lifelong resident of Rio Hondo and was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Cortez. She is survived by her loving family: daughters, Adela (Roberto) Gonzalez, Anita Cortez, Alicia (Jose) Martinez, Angelica Cortez; and son, Arnoldo (Maria A.) Cortez, all of Rio Hondo. Her grandchildren, Melissa Martinez, Jaime Martinez, Jesus Jose Cortez, Michael Cortez and Erika Cortez, great-granddaughter Reanna Gonzalez and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Visitation will be held today, Sunday, May 27, 2001 from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace with the Holy Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 9:15 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Helen’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Rio Hondo Community Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roberto Gonzalez, Jose Martinez, Arnold Cortez, Irieno Hernandez, Jaime Martinez and Jesus Jose Cortez.

Blas G. Galvan
MERCEDES, TX — Blas G. Galvan, 78, a lifetime resident of Mercedes, passed away Monday, April 16, 2001, at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. He was born November 11, 1922 to Isabel Galvan and Eulalia Garza Galvan in Mercedes.
On January 19, 1943 he enlisted into the United States, Army, where he earned many recognitions, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. He served his country until November 15, 1945.
He is survived by his children, Ismael Galvan of Madrid Spain, Blas E. (Nelda) Galvan of Moore, Oklahoma, Nellie (Leo) Galvan Perez of San Juan, and Jaime (Nora) Galvan of Harlingen.
He is also survived by his wife, Blanca Galvan of Mercedes, and children, Juan Alberto (Abigail) of Donna, Eulaia (Dan) Glavan Haile of Tyler, Edward Galvan of Mercedes, and Vanessa Galvan of Mercedes.
He is also survived by a sister, Celia (George) Wink of Santa Maria, California; brothers, Eduardo (Minnie) Galvan of Huntington Beach, California, Ernesto (Lucia) Galvan of El Paso, and sister-in-law Zoila Galvan of Mercedes; 16 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Santos Galvan.
Pallbearers were Eduardo Galvan, Raul Galvan, Jaime Galvan, Daniel L. Glavan, Edward Galvan, and Juan Alberto Glavan.
Interment was at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Weslaco. 

Brian Matthew Graham
BROWNSVILLE, TX — Brian Matthew Graham, 29 years old, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at his home. He was born November 2, 1971.
Brian graduated from Pace High School in 1990 where he was voted most handsome his senior year. He attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford and Baylor University at Waco where he lived and worked for the past five years, returning to Brownsville in December 2000. He loved the outdoors, snow skiing, water skiing, hunting, fishing and the beach.
Brian attended St. Mary’s Church and was an altar boy in his younger days. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kevin Graham and his grandparents, Merlin Rasco, Dut Graham and Catherine Graham.
He is survived by his parents, Joe and Beverly Graham; brother, Joseph Graham; grandmothers, Thelma Rasco and Coralie D. Graham and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Darling-Mouser Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 3 p.m. on Friday with Monsignor Gustavo C. Barrera officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jack Graham, Bradley Graham, Christopher Graham, Joseph Graham, David Graham and Joe Durrance.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Episcopal Day School or St. Joseph Academy.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, 546-7111. 

The Honorable Fidencio G. Garza Jr.
United States Magistrate Judge
For the Southern District of Texas
Brownsville Division
1981-1998
Judge Garza was born in Mercedes, Texas on January 4, 1932, to attorney Fidencio G. Garza Sr. and Fela Villarreal Garza, a public school educator. He graduated from Mercedes High School in 1949, and received his B.A. from Texas A & I College. He received his Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Bar in 1961.
Fidencio Garza married Eva Mae Trevino of Brownsville on Dec. 26, 1952. They have four children; Fidencio G. III, Eva Cheryll Guevara, Judena Marie and Vickie Gerard; grandchildren are Aaron Jesse, John Michael, Gabrielle Marie and Anthony Thomas Guevara.
Judge Garza was first appointed as Part-time U.S. Magistrate Judge in 1981 and was appointed Full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge in 1984. Prior to his Part-time appointment, he practiced general law from 1962 to 1984.
Other public service includes serving three terms on the Board of Trustees for Brooks County Independent School District, 1965 to 1971. He was County Judge of Brooks County from 1971-1978. Judge Garza was an original member of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards appointed by Governor Dolph Briscoe in 1975. Additionally, he has been involved in Campfire Girls, Inc., Cub Scouts, drug abuse councils and Parent-Teacher organizations.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at St. Mary‘s Catholic Church with Monsignor Gustavo C. Barrera officiating. Burial will then follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Craig H. Vittitoe, Frank Perez, Frank Zabarte, Arnold Aguilar, Paul Hajjar and Gilbert Piette.
Honorary pallbearers will be Judge James De Anda, Judge George Kazan, Judge William Mallett; Judge Marcel Notzon, Judge Reynaldo Garza, Fred Rusteberg, Sheldon Weisfeld, Art Nelson, John Williamson, Jim Brown, Dennis Sanchez, Tony Diaz, M.D., Christopher Pierson, Sandy Hall, Bryson Whitlock, Judge John Dominguez. 

Marjorie E. Carsey
HARLINGEN — Marjorie E. Carsey, died on May 22, 2001 in Harlingen at the age of 79. Marjorie E. Carsey was born April 24, 1922 in Webster City, Iowa to Joseph and Madge Mason.
Survivors include her brothers, Jack (Doris) Mason of Harlingen, Masil J. (Charlotte) Mason of Ellicott City, MD and Miles S (Lois) Mason of Webster City, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband Maynard Carsey.
Funeral services will be held in Webster City, Iowa at a later date. No local services. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Paula Cortez Aguilar
HARLINGEN — Paula Cortez Aguilar, 87, of Harlingen entered into rest May 21, 2001 at her residence. Visitation will be today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 25, 2001 departing the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Queen of Peace Church with Father Shanley officiating and interment will follow at Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Rincones, Steven Cordero, Juan Rodriguez, Zosimon Aguilar and Henry Hernandez, Abel Palacios.
She is survived by her daughters, Evangelina Cordero of Harlingen, Aurora A. Flores of Chicago, Manuela Martinez of California, Maria Eva Martinez of Harlingen and Janie Rodriguez of Belton and her son, Simon Aguilar of Connecticut; 28 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Also surviving her is a brother Gregorio Cortez of San Antonio and a sister, Enriquetta Hernandez of Harlingen. She is preceded in death by her husband Andres Aguilar Sr., daughter, Irma Aguilar and two sons, Andres Aguilar Jr. and Gregorio Aguilar.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen.

George W. Vanderford, Jr.
HARLINGEN, TX — George W. Vanderford, Jr., 83, entered into rest on Tuesday at Retama Manor Nursing Center.
Mr. Vanderford was a lifelong resident of Harlingen and is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Billie Jo Vanderford of Harlingen, TX; sons, Tommy (Jackie) Vanderford, Gary Vanderford; daughter, Dottie Turner; sister, Bobbie (Bill) Pace; special brother-in-law, Bill Townsend of Combes, TX. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
George proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Sea Bee during World War II.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 25, 2001, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Roses, with a Military graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at Combes Cemetery under the auspices of the American Legion Post 205 and V.F.W. Post 2410 and Rev. Bob Cole.
The family would like to give special thanks to Bill Lowe and Retama Manor Nursing Center and Omega Hospice of Brownsville, TX for all their love and care for George, and the Rudy Garza Funeral Home staff for all their love and courtesies extended to the family.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home.


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