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Juan Flores Martinez
HARLINGEN, TX — Juan Flores Martinez, 76, a native of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and a longtime resident of Harlingen entered into eternal rest on October 22, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
Survived are his wife, Mrs. Camila V. Martinez of Harlingen; three sons, Rodolfo Martinez and Juan Martinez, Jr., both of Harlingen, and Miguel Martinez of San Benito; daughter, Carmela Navarro of Harlingen; twelve (12) grandchildren and twenty-five (25) great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Garza Elizondo Chapel of Memories, 209 W. Taylor St.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 26, 2001 at the Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Primera, Texas.
Interment will follow at Rio Grande Valley Memorial Park, La Feria, Texas.
Funeral services are under the direction of Garza Elizondo Funeral Home, 209 W. Taylor, (956) 423-5353. 

Jude Joseph Magaro
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Jude Joseph Magaro was a loving father and devoted husband. 
Jude was born September 3, 1963 and was called to our Lord on October 20, 2001. 
Jude was born in San Antonio, TX, graduated from Harlingen High School in 1981, received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and his Master’s degree in Entomology from Texas A&M University. 
Jude was a member of the Corps of Cadets while at Texas A&M University. 
Jude and Betty Jean Padilla were married on December 29, 1984 in Harlingen, TX. Jude’s passion and hobbies were taking his sons fishing, enjoying the time spent with them while fishing, singing and playing the guitar. Jude was an employee of Monsanto Corp.
Jude was preceded in death by his father, Salvatore Magaro, and mother-in-law, Maria G. Padilla. Jude is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (Padilla); and sons, Jude Jr., age 10, and Noah, age 6. 
He is also survived by his mother, Joyce Fritz Magaro; brother, Jeremiah; sister-in-law, Sherry; nephew, Zachary; sister, Lisa Smith; niece, Molly DeReese; nephew, Dylan DeReese; and his maternal grandmother, Johnnie Mae Greer. 
Jude is also survived by his father-in-law, Alvin G. Padilla, Jr; sisters-in-law, Rose Padilla, and Dorothy Hinojosa and her husband, Eliel; nephew, Eliel, Jr., niece, Nicole; brothers-in-law, Carl Padilla and Alvin G. Padilla, III. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary North.
Rosary was held Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 7 p.m. at Porter Loring North Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Eliel Hinojosa, Eliel Hinojosa, Jr., Randy Waters, James Ash, Alvin Padilla III, and Steve Magaro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Texas A&M Alumni Association. 
The family invites you to leave a message or memory in the guest book at by selecting the Sign and View Family Guestbook icon.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78232. (210) 495-8221. 

Maria C. Hernandez
GALVESTON, TX — Maria C. Hernandez, 47, entered into rest on Thursday, October 18, 2001 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She was born in Gto. Mexico on September 14, 1954.
She is survived by her mother, Susana Servin Ybarra; brothers, Pedro Hernandez and Felipe Rosas Servin; sisters, Alicia Hernandez Servin, Guadalupe Hernandez Servin and Amalia Rosas Servin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the San Benito Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 from 12 noon to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in San Benito on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at San Benito City Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito.

Marjorie Flood Von Wald
HARLINGEN, TX — Marjorie Flood Von Wald, 77, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at her residence. 
Marjorie was born on June 5, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to Wilbur and Margarite Flood. 
Marjorie was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and a member of Harlingen Country Club. Marjorie had been a resident of Harlingen for over 26 years.
Survivors include son, Mark Von Wald; daughter-in-law, Linda Von Wald; grandson, Chris Von Wald; granddaughter, Jennifer Kus; great grandson, Chris Kus; two great granddaughters, Alyssa and Savannah Kus; sister, Harriet Musgrove.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 1 p.m. in Restlawn Memorial Park with Father David Reed officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Clarence T. Johnstone
MCALLEN, TX — Clarence T. Johnstone, 84, died at Rio Grande Regional Hospital on Monday, October 22, 2001. 
He was a native of Goff, Kansas and lived in McAllen for 24 years, coming here from Elsa, Texas. He was an accountant and investment counselor.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Ida l. Johnstone of McAllen; Tim C. (Mel) Johnstone; son, of McAllen; Fonda Lou Johnstone, daughter, of Arlington, Virginia; three stepdaughters, Ellen J. (Bill) Calle of Yorktown, Virginia, Sharyn K. (Billy) Supak of Bellville, Texas and Judy A. (Norman) Newton of Edinburg, Texas; a stepson, Gary W. (Mary Beth) Stump of Pearland, Texas. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Elmer John Johnstone and Glenn Martin Johnstone and a sister, Pearl Elizabeth Holley.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at Kreidler Funeral Home on N. 10th Street. 
The family will be at the funeral home from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. to receive friends. 
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at Kreidler Funeral Home Chapel on North 10th. 
Entombment will follow at Roselawn Mausoleum in McAllen. 
The family suggests that friends make memorial contributions to the Vannie E. Cook, Jr., Cancer Foundation, 100 W. Expressway 83, McAllen, Texas 78503 or the charity of their choice.
Kriedler Funeral Home, Inc. of McAllen, TX was entrusted with the care of the services

Pauline Oleta Buttrill Tumlinson
HARLINGEN, TX — Pauline Oleta Buttrill Tumlinson, 1915 to 2001. Mom lived her life to the fullest and was an inspiration to us all.
Mom danced at Ma Ferguson’s inaugural ball, earned her teaching certificate at the age of sixteen, race her students to school on horse back. 
At Lometa, Texas, in her small one room school, she taught students from ages six to twenty-one. 
She went back to college to earn a degree in Home Economics at Texas Women’s University.
Mom dreamed of moving to Alaska, but instead moved to Willacy County, Texas, where she worked for her father-in-law, Victor Tumlinson I. 
He introduced her to his son, our father. In 1945 she married William Jackson Tumlinson. 
Dad returned to A&M to get his veterinarian degree. Mom taught school during week and waitressed on weekends. 
Incredulously she recounted these years because she earned more money in tips as a weekend waitress, than her salary as a teacher.
Mom and dad returned to the South Texas to start dad’s veterinarian practice and raise a family. They raised four children, Vic, Pat, Bart and Nan. 
She is survived by seven granddaughters, Elizabeth, Keri, Jennifer, Shylah, Rachel, Coutney and Kristi. Two grandchildren, Billy Bob and Katy, preceed her in death.
Mom focused her energies on her family. 
She was a faithful and loyal wife, and devoted mother. Mom was always a source of living insturctions: "Sit up straight", "Say picture…not pitcher"; "Ain’t is not a word"; "Do enough for yourself and another";"Behaving like a gentlemam/lady will take you further than brains"; "The way to cure a dog of killing chickens is to tie a dead one around it’s neck"; "Are you wearing clean underwear?" "I know you love him, but he is not perfect."
Mom was the consummate homemaker, cooking and sewing. 
She would sew matching shirts and dresses, and, yes, we would wear them. 
Holidays were standing room only. Her carrot dressing and pineapple mouse were famous. 
Homemade grapefruit jelly, jellied grapefruit peel, or cinnamon rolls were her favorite gifts to family and friends. 
Neighbors and newcomers were always welcome at her tamela circles.
Even though mom lost her sight, she continued to live on the farm. Kids and grandkids cycled around her as she was our anchor to the past and the future. 
This last year has been difficult as she has been at home with hospice. 
Still, all of us kids and grandkids cycle around her and her home.
Mom, your life and death has been an inspiration to us all. We love you and miss you.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sandi Jo Funk Hospice in Harlingen, TX.
Graveside memorial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., October 27, 2001 at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Reyes Villarreal Casanova
HARLINGEN, TX — Reyes Villarreal Casanova, 74, entered into rest on October 22, 2001 in Harlingen, Texas.
She is preceded in death by one brother, Juan Villarreal.
She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years Jesus R. Casanova of Harlingen; 4 children, Jesus V. Casanova, Jr., (Concepcion) of Dallas, Jose Orlando Casanova (Rosie) of Harlingen, Connie Garza of Harlingen, and Alicia Eckley of Dallas. 
She is also survived by three sisters, Catalina V. Gonzales of Harlingen, Connie Lozano (Jose Angel) of Harlingen, Esperanza Lozano (Romaldo) of Harlingen; 13 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces and an extended family of friends.
Visitation will be held today, October 24, 2001 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace in Harlingen.
The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church with Father Bert Diaz as celebrant. 
Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Garza, David Garza, Danny Rivera, Eddie Medina, Tony Medina, and Joe Casanova. Honorary pallbearers will be Jose Orlando Casanova, Jr., Juan Perez and Juvencio Castillo.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen, Texas.

Robert Ernest "Bud" Sanders, Jr.
ALVORD, TX — Robert Ernest "Bud" Sanders, Jr., 85, passed away Monday, October 22, 2001 in Decatur, Texas. He was born in Round Rock, Texas on December 10, 1915. He was a resident of Alvord, TX. 
On September 11, 1937 Mr. Sanders married Brownie Mae Pridgen in Brownsville, Texas. 
He was a Welding Contractor and was a member of the Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Brownie Sanders of Alvord; son, Robert Sanders, of Alvord; daughters, Dorothy Kuykendall of Alvord and Laura Lou Bailey of Gun Barrel City; 12 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today, October 24, 2001 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home with Minister Ed Cate officiating.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2001 at Alvord Church of Christ. Interment to follow at Alvord Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Edwin, Roger Dale, John Paul, Joseph Ray Kuykendall, Richard Dean Bailey and James Robert Gomme.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Coker Funeral Home, 405 E. Main, Decatur, Texas 76234. (940) 627-5959. 

Sara G. Garza
HARLINGEN, TX — Sara G. Garza, age 91, went to be with the Lord Monday night at Valley Baptist Medical Center. 
A native of Kennedy, Texas, she had lived in Brownsville but moved to Harlingen in 1946. 
She and her husband operated "La Botica Garza" on Polk Street for 50 years.
Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years Santiago C. Garza Sr., of Harlingen; daughters, Sarita (Edward) Anderson of Burleson, Texas, Lydia (Caleb, deceased) Aguilar of Spring, Texas; sons, Santiago (Clarita) Garza, Jr., of Fort Worth, Texas, Pomposo (Maria) Garza of Harlingen, Antonio (Ester) Garza of San Antonio, TX and Guillermo (Frances) Garza of Houston, TX; 22 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Caleb Aguilar and a granddaughter, Lydia Escobedo Tupica.
Pallbearers will be Santiago C. Garza, Jr., Guillermo Garza Sr., Rudy Garza, Xavier Garza, Guillermo Garza, Jr., Santiago C. Garza III, Pomposo Garza, Antonio Garza, and Mark Garza.
Visitation will be held today, October 24, 2001 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.
Funeral services are tentatively set for Thursday at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial following on to Restlawn Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels, 1217 S. F Street, Harlingen, Texas.

Consuelo R. Pequeno
HARLINGEN, TX — Consuelo R. Pequeno, 83, passed away at her residence on Saturday, October 20, 2001. 
She was a life long resident of Harlingen and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Harlingen.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years of marriage Guadalupe Pequeno of Harlingen; two daughters, Imelda Pequeno of Harlingen, and Estela (Juan) Contreras of Katy, Texas; one niece, Lydia (Pete) Herrera of Parrish, Florida; and one nephew, Roberto (Maria) Gonzalez of Bradenton, Florida.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Gonzales, Rafaela Rodriguez and one nephew, Juan Gonzales.
Visitation was held yesterday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 with at 10:30 a.m. departure for an 11 a.m. mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. 
Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen, Texas.

Maria G. Cortez
HARLINGEN, TX — Maria G. Cortez, 90, a life time resident of Harlingen passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2001 at Retama Nursing Home.
She is survived by her loving family including her one daughter, Delia (Joe) Villarreal of Harlingen; three sons, Diego (Cruz) Cortez of Galveston, David (Emma) Cortez of Bakersfield, California, Daniel (Terri) Cortez of Dinuba, California; one sister, Olivia Gonzales of Houston; one cousin, Angelita Garza of Harlingen; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Cortez.
A chapel service will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Rudy Garza Funeral Home Chapel of Angels; with interment to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen, Texas.

Lenore A. Thomas
CLEBURNE, TX — Funeral Mass for Lenore A. Thomas, 88, of Celburne, will be conducted Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Mrs. Thomas passed away Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Cleburne, Texas. 
Mrs. Thomas was born March 26, 1913 in Milaca, Minnesota, to John Nadeau and Josephine Boe. 
She married William Thomas on May 13, 1939 at Foley, Minnesota.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker.
Survivors include son, Michael Thomas of Aurora, Colorado; two daughters, Pat Thomas of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Mary Thomas of Cleburne; sister, Lola Cleaveland of Big Lake, Minnesota; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Cleburne Funeral Home.
The Cleburne Funeral Home of Cleburne, Texas, 512 N. Ridgeway Dr., Cleburne, Texas 76033 is in charge of the funeral arrangements. 

Frances Julia Decker
LOS FRESNOS, TX — Frances Julia Decker, affectionately referred to as "Aunt Babe," passed away Saturday, October 20, 2001. 
Decker was a resident of Los Fresnos since 1991 when she and her husband moved to Texas from Downers Grove, Illinois to enjoy their retirement.
Decker was born on October 10, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in neighboring Cicero. 
Her father, Joseph Jerry Skorepa, a Bohemian Czech who immigrated to the United States in 1902, married Louise Petrik, also a Bohemian Czech. 
Together they had three daughters of whom Frances Julia Decker was the youngest and last surviving.
Decker attended Morton High School in Cicero. After high school, Decker worked for Sears Roebuck and Company as a secretary and payroll clerk. 
She assumed the same role in the 1940s and 50s for Skorepa Builders. Her last job, until her retirement at age 73 in 1989, was office manager for Rossi Contractors.
Decker enjoyed her years of retirement in Los Fresnos among family. 
She attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Harlingen, Texas until the death of her husband in 1999, and then attended with family the First Baptist Church of Los Fresnos.
Decker is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Joy Keillor, of Indianapolis, Indiana; her grandson, Zachary Oakes Peters and wife, Tammy Jo of Des Plains, Ill; her husband’s cousin, Otto Decker and wife, Celia of Hinsdale, Ill; and numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and several great grandnieces and great grandnephews.
Nieces include, Mary Lou Bannert of Los Fresnos, Judy Mae Keillor Powell of Corpus Christi, Bonnie Slaten of Broomfield, Colo., Francey Freeman of Indianapolis, Marie "Perk" Zadworny of Elk Grove, Ill., and Jo Anne Stack of Barrington, Ill. Nephews include, Herman J. Keillor, M.D. of Harlingen and James A. Keillor of Los Fresnos.
Visitation will be held at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsville on Wednesday, October 24, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with family members being present from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Los Fresnos at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2001. 
Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito under the direction of Darling-Mouser.
Pallbearers will be Zachary Peters, Adolph Bannert, Jr., Herman Keillor, James Keillor, Gerald Miller, Joseph "BoBo" Hernandez, and Joshua Miller.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home

John Richard Whitworth
HARLINGEN — John Richard Whitworth of Harlingen, passed away peacefully on October 19th, after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet; four brothers, Charles (wife Awanda), Paul (wife Edie), Robert (wife Linda), and Patrick (wife Pam); six children, Elizabeth Whitworth, Richard (wife Wanda) Whitworth, Cecilia (husband Dale Gordon) Poole, Julia (husband Alex) Feldman, Barbara (husband Jeff) Hunt and Sam Whitworth; six grandchildren, Jacob (wife Jamie) and Joshua Hulings, and Hannah, Courtney, Taylor, and Brittany Whitworth; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hulings.
John entered this world on November 24, 1936 in Harlingen, Texas. He was known for his steady devotion to his family and his faith. 
He relished being with family and entertained all he knew with his quick wit. 
He worked for NCR Corporation for 33 years and enjoyed many years working as a field engineer. 
Even in failing health, he amazed everyone with his MacGyver-like ability to take things apart.
A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Harlingen. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Anthony’s School Endowment Fun (1015 E. Harrison, Harlingen 78550) or St. Anthony’s Church Building Fund (209 S. 10th, Harlingen 78550).

Pedro Castillo
LOS FRESNOS — Pedro Castillo, 83, passed away at his residence on October 20, 2001.
Mr. Castillo is survived by his wife, Altagracia V. Castillo, of 64 years; four sons, Inocencio (Rosa B.) Castillo, Santiago Castillo, Fernando (Guadalupe M.) Castillo, and Ruben Castillo, all from Los Fresnos; four daughters, Maria C. (Guadalupe) Castro, Amparo C. (Alfredo) Vega, Raquel C. (Rodolfo) Ramirez, and Rosa V. Castillo, all from Los Fresnos as well; 25 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, three nieces, and one nephew.
Mr. Castillo is preceded in death by parents, Fernando and Abrana Castillo, and daughter, Catarina Castillo.
A holy rosary will be recited on Monday, October 22, 2001 at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m.
Funeral mass will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Los Cuates Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Alfredo Castillo, Rodolfo Ramirez Jr., Alfredo Vega Jr., Christopher Vega, Fernando Castillo Jr., Jimmy Castillo, Alberto Castillo, Eric Vega, and Jaime Castillo.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito, 399-1331. 

Lilia De Leon
HARLINGEN — Lilia De Leon, 40, died Saturday afternoon at Valley Baptist Medical Center due to sudden illness. She was a lifetime resident of Harlingen and graduated from Harlingen High School. She was also a self-employed bookkeeper.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Irma Tamez De Leon in April 2000.
Her survivors include her father, Cosme De Leon of Harlingen; a sister, Minerva (Esteban) Rodriguez of Harlingen; several aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins.
Visitation today from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Trinity Funeral Chapel of the Holy Spirit, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Funeral Chapel of the Holy Spirit with Pastor Aurora De Leon officiating. Pallbearers will be Luis Galvan, Jesse Gonzalez, Jose De Leon, Juan De Leon, Mario De Leon, and Rey De Leon. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels 1217 S. F Street. 

Maria G. Cortez
HARLINGEN — Maria G. Cortez, 90, a lifetime resident of Harlingen, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2001 at Retama Nursing Home.
She is survived by her loving family including, one daughter, Delia (Joe) Villarreal of Harlingen; three brothers, Diego (Cruz) Cortez of Galveston, David (Emma) Cortez of Bakersfield, CA., Daniel (Terri) Cortez or Dinuba, CA.; one sister, Olivia Gonzalez of Houston; one cousin, Angelita Garza of Harlingen; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Cortez.
Viewing will be held on Monday, October 22, 2001 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Holy rosary prayed 7 p.m. Pallbearers will be immediate family members. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2001. A chapel service will be prayed at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery in San Benito. All arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Consuelo R. Pequeno
HARLINGEN — Consuelo R. Pequeno, 83, passed away at her residence, on Saturday, October 20, 2001.
She was a lifelong resident of Harlingen and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Harlingen.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Guadalupe Pequeno of Harlingen; two daughters, Imelda Pequeno of Harlingen, Estela (Juan) Contreras of Katy, Texas; one niece, Lydia (Pete) Herrera of Parrish, Florida, one nephew, Roberto (Maria) Gonzales of Bradenton, Florida.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Pauline Gonzalez and Rafaela Rodriguz; and one nephew, Juan Gonzalez.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 22, 2001 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Holy rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. All arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen. 

Elisa Zepeda
LA FERIA — Elisa Zepeda, 89, passed away on October 19, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
She was a lifetime resident of La Feria, and was also a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of La Feria.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Guadalupe Zepeda Sr., and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Morales.
She is survived by two sons, Arturo (San Juanita) Zepeda of La Feria and Guadalupe "Wally" Zepeda Jr. of La Feria; one grandson, Guadalupe Zepeda III of McAllen, one sister, Lupita De La Rosa of Mexico; and one brother, Roberto Salinas of Patterson, California.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2001 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a holy rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 22, 2001 with a 1:30 p.m. departure for a 2 p.m. mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of La Feria. Interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Victor Bazaldua, Efrain Bazaldua, Jesus Chapa, Harlan Lucas, Dave Shelton, and Gilbert Rios. Honorary pallbearers will be Adan Longoria, and Roland G. Acheson. All funeral arrangements are under the arrangements of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen, Texas. 

John Richard Whitworth
HARLINGEN — John Richard Whitworth of Harlingen, passed away peacefully on October 19th, after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet; four brothers, Charles (Awanda), Paul (Edie), Robert (Linda), and Patrick (Pam); six children, Elizabeth Whitworth, Richard (Wanda) Whitworth, Cecilia (Dale Gordon ) Poole, Julia (Alex) Feldman, and Sam Whitworth; six grandchildren, Jacob (Jamie) and Joshua Hulings, and Hannah, Courtney, Taylor, and Brittany Whitworth; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hulings.
John entered this world on November 24, 1936 in Harlingen. He was known for his steady devotion to his family and entertained all he knew with his quick wit. He worked for NCR Corporation for 33 years and enjoyed many years working as a field engineer. Even in failing health, he amazed everyone with his MacGyver-like ability to take things apart.
A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Harlingen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Anthony’s School Endowment Fun (1015 E. Harrison, Harlingen 78550) or St. Anthony’s Church Building Fund (209 S. 10th, Harlingen 78550.

Estelle Pearl (VanKirk) Giles
HARLINGEN — Estelle Pearl (VanKirk) Giles, 91, passed away October 4, 2001 at her residence in Harlingen.
Mrs. Giles was born in Guessie, Indiana on February 25, 1910. She was the daughter of the late David W. and Nettie Robinson VanKirk. She spent her early years in Indiana and then moved to Danville, Illinois and was a graduate of Danville High School. She had lived there for 61 years and then moved to Harlingen, Texas, where she had resided since 1979.
During her early years in Illinois, she was active in Gray Ladies (World War II), Hospital Auxiliary, Parent-Teachers Association and Central Christian Church, where she participated on boards and committees. She also enjoyed golf, bowling and duplicate bridge.
While in Harlingen, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, Harlingen Country Club and enjoyed traveling.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Elaine and her husband, Walter Cinsavich of Chelmsford, MA; son, Phillip E. Anderson and his wife, Connie of Danville, IL; four grandchildren, Dr. Scott A. Cinsavich of MA, Cynthia Wood of NH, Tracy Anderson of TX and Stephen Anderson of IL; six great-grandchildren, Alantha and Helen Anderson of TX, Stephen and Sloan Anderson of IL and Nicole and Brandon Wood of NH; one sister, Mrs. Eileen Phillips of IL and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Giles was the widow of the late Irvin H. Anderson, President of Anderson Electric, Inc., who died in 1975.
A memorial service will be held in the Texas Room at Golden Palms Retirement Center, 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2001 with the Rev. Don Higginbotham officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Harlingen.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

Monty James Stewart
RAYMONDVILLE/ EDINBURG — Monty James Stewart, 86, passed away Thursday at the McAllen Nursing Center. He was born November 29, 1914 in Lone Elm, Arkansas to Thomas Henderson and Hester Lorena (Huggins) Stewart.
Monty moved to the Valley in 1929 and married Mildred D. (Polly) Archer on May 18, 1935 in San Juan, TX before moving to Willacy County. He served on the Board of Stewards for the 1st United Methodist Church in Raymondville, the Raymondville School Board, was a member of Odd Fellows and received the Willacy County Farmer of the Year Award.
He is survived by his wife, Polly Stewart of Edinburg; one daughter, Mary Carolyn (Norman) Stephens of Edinburg; a daughter-in-law, Peggy Stewart of Harlingen; 9 grandchildren, Les and Lisa Stephens, Kevin and Brenda Stewart, Byron and Danielle Stephens, Carolyn and Dan Smotzer and Kerry Stewart; 10 great-grandchildren, Cody and Jacob Stephens, Brent Poulston, Andrew, Dakota and Cheyenne Stewart, Mark and Casey Stephens and Connor and Brenna Smotzer.
Monty was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Monty Ray Stewart; his brothers and sisters, Selma Durdin, Beatrice Honea, Harlin Stewart, T.H. "Red" Stewart, Powell Stewart, Ruby Lott and Henry Stewart.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, October 22, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Raymondville with burial to follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home in Raymondville.
Pallbearers will be Mark Brown; Kenny Haynes; Joe Pennington, Charles Durviage; Virgil Swanberg and Doug Trapp. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Riggan; Howard Heard; Roland Trapp; Phillip Knipp; Mike Crowell; Norman Stephens; Bob Ed Stewart and Roy Bass.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Raymondville or to the charity of choice. 

Zorovabel A. Leija
LA FERIA — Zorovabel A. Leija, 64, a lifetime resident of La Feria, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Guadalupe G. Lejia of La Feria; 5 sons, Avel Leija of La Feria, Jesus (LouAnn) Leija of Phoenix, Arizona, Saul Leija of La Feria, Joel (Clara) Leija of La Feria, Jose (Ermila) Leija of La Feria; one daughter, Elizabeth (Noe) Muniz of La Feria; 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Pedro (Angela) Leija of La Feria, Rafael (Maria) Leija of Wauseon, Ohio, Manuel Leija of Mercedes; 3 sisters, Angela (Santiago) Diaz of La Feria, Amindad Conde of La Feria and Matilde (Juan) Garcia of Areceola, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Matilde Leija, his daughter, Elva Leija and his grandson, Adrian Muniz.
Viewing was held yesterday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2001. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 21,2001. Family and friends are asked to meet at Templo Lirio De Los Valles for a 10 a.m. church service with Pastor Horacio and Socorro Guzman officiating. Interment will follow at Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Avel Leija; Jesus Leija; Saul Leija; Joel Lejia; Jose Leija and Noe Muniz.
Mr. Leija was a dedicated and loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly loved and missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Mercedes. 

Ramon "Chito" Montalvo, Jr.
WESLACO — Ramon "Chito" Montalvo, Jr., 81, passed away on October 19, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Pharr, Texas on May 25, 1920.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ramon Montalvo; his mother, Adela Montalvo; his son, Dr. Daniel Montalvo and sisters, Ninfa Rios and Beatriz Galicia.
He is survived by his wife, Elvira Montalvo; sons, Dr. Hector Montalvo (Melissa A.), Ramon "Monse" Montalvo III (Norma) of Weslaco, Gregory Montalvo (Norma) of Helotes, TX; Mrs. Norma M. Petrosewicz (Tom) of Richmond, TX and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Laura Manning Montalvo of The Woodlands, TX. Also surviving are grandchildren, Omar, Ramon IV, Anthony, Andrew, Alexa and Angela Montalvo, as well as Thomas and Danielle Petrosewicz.
He graduated from Hidalgo High School in 1936 and Texas A &I in 1939 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He served in the army, attaining the rank of Captain. He was a farmer in the Delta area after his discharge and then went into the insurance business, establishing the Montalvo Insurance Agency in 1953.
Mr. Montalvo was active in the community throughout his life. He was past commander of the American Legion Posts of Weslaco and the Delta area. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic War Veterans, Farm Bureau and La Societe 40 and 8. He was a director of the former Magic Valley Savings and Loan and was an advisory director of the former Mid-Valley State Bank. He served as President of the La Villa I.S.D. School Board, director of the SBA NEDA, director of the Texas Dept. of Community Affairs and the Civil Rights Committee under the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
He was awarded the Silver Bearer Award by the Rio Grande Boy Scouts Council. This is the highest award given to an adult by the Scouts. His commitment to Scouts spanned 50 years and three of his sons became Eagle Scouts.
Visitation hours will be held today, Sunday, October 21, 2001 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2001 at San Martin de Porres Church in Weslaco. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be his sons, Hector, Greg and Ramon, son-in-law, Tom Petrosewicz and grandsons, Omar and Anthony Montalvo. Honorary pallbearers will be Liborio Hinojosa, Sr.; Lupe Camargo; Rogelio Robles; Joe Longoria and Robert Alvarez.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

Judith Ann Christie (Judi) 
BROWNSVILLE, TX — Judith Ann Christie (Judi) entered the spirit world on October 10, 2001.
Judi’s life was like a well-crafted, multi-faceted, precious gem. One facet was her highly developed creative and artistic ability, which led to the design and creation of extraordinarily unique jewelry, shown and sold at some of the finest galleries in the Southwest.
Another point of light, shown through her devotion to spiritual pursuits and holistic healing resulted in her co-founding and co-managing Milagro, a center specializing in holistic healing and personal development. As a Reiki Master, Judi introduced hundreds of Valley residents to the power of their own inner healing ability, enhanced by Reiki attunements.
Judi continued her spiritual interests by co-founding and co-leading the Brownsville "I Am" study group, one of several hundred such groups throughout the world. During the annual conclaves at Shasta Springs, California, Judi’s talent for the innovative teaching of arts and crafts was widely acclaimed and in great demand, touching the lives of hundreds of children and parents.
Judi’s love of beauty, remarkable creativity, enthusiasm and love of the Light combined with her Kindness and thoughtfulness enhanced the lives of all fortunate enough to know her. Perhaps Judi’s greatest legacy is that she truly exemplified in thought, behavior and spirit the peace and harmony, love of God and country she so fervently believed in, teaching by example the most important precepts of life.
"Those who knew and loved her were blessed indeed".
Family members include husband, Doug; Judi’s dad, Arnold Samuelson and wife, Billie, of Rancho Viejo; sons, Jeff Raudabaugh, of Houston, Jeff Christie, of Los Angeles, and Colby Christie and wife, Kayla, of Austin. She is also survived by two sisters, Andrea Adamko and husband, Jim; Nancy and Tom Tiemann, all of Austin.
Also Doug’s parents, Lowell and Lucille Christie; sister, Carole Christie, all of Pocatello, Idaho; his brother, Dennis and Jonee Christie of Merced, California. Nieces and nephews are Melanie, Christie and Kendrick Tiemann; Stacy Lasater and husband, Matt and sons, Jack and Case, all of Austin; Blake and Breanne Christie, of Merced, California.
A celebration of Judi Christie’s life will be held at Church of the Advent, Brownsville on October 27, 2001 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to contribute to a cause important to Judi may send donations in her memory to the "I AM" Temple of Chicago, in care of Doris Kimler, 176 West Washington St., Chicago, Illinois 60602. 

Elisa Zepeda
LA FERIA — Elisa Zepeda, 89, passed away on October 19, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. She was a lifetime resident of La Feria and was also a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of La Feria.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guadalupe Zepeda, Sr.
She is survived by two sons, Arturo (San Juanita) Zepeda of La Feria and Guadalupe "Wally" Zepeda, Jr. of La Feria and one grandson, Guadalupe Zepeda III of McAllen. She is also survived by one sister, Lupita De La Rosa of Mexico and one brother, Roberto Salinas of Patterson, California.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., Sunday, October 21,2001 with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will begin with a 1:30 p.m. departure, followed by a 2 p.m. mass, Monday, October 22, 2001 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of La Feria. Interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Efrain Bazaldua; Jesus Chapa; Harlan Lucas; Dave Shelton and Gilbert Rios. Honorary pallbearers will be Adan Longoria and Roland G. Acheson.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of La Feria. 

Agnes Sarah Kethley
MCALLEN — Mrs. Gordon Kethley was born Agnes Sarah King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Dixon King, in Hope, Arkansas in 1907. The family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1917. She graduated from school in Little Rock and attended the University of Arkansas. In 1928, she married Gordon Kethley of Haynesville, Louisiana. They moved to Weslaco, Texas in 1930 and lived there until 1947, when they moved to McAllen, where Mr. Kethley and his stepfather and mother owned Kethley-Gilmore Printing Company. Mr. Kethley retired in 1970 and passed away in 1984.
Mrs. Kethley was a member of the First United Methodist Church of McAllen and was an early member of McAllen’s Pan American Round Table and McAllen Literary Club. During the 1940’s, she served on the McAllen Library Board and helped plan the new library. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and the McAllen Country Club.
Survivors include her daughter, Kennon and husband, Dr. Norman Cooke of Magog, Quebec, Canada, one grandson, Kevin Kethley Ratcliff and his wife, Joyce and their son, Andrew and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, October 22, 2001 in the chapel of John Knox Village, 1300 South Border, Weslaco. Contributions may be made to the charity of choice in her memory.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

Charles Moravitz
WESLACO — Charles Moravitz, 77, passed away October 18, 2001 after a long and courageous battle with numerous hospital visits. He was born on April 25, 1924 in Elmendorf, Texas.
Charles began working at a very young age with the Texsun Juice Company and for 50 years after, worked in the oil fields with Jens Oilfield, Willis Drillings and La Gloria.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Alborn) Moravitz and four children, Roger (Joan) Moravitz, Mark Moravitz, Mary (John) Humphrey and Billy (Sandra) Moravitz. Also surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Janette and Cecil Truitt; nephews, Roy (Mary) Moravitz and Kenneth (Marcella) Schmidth and family; niece, Tina Truitt, along with several other nieces and nephews from out of town.
Serving as pallbearers will be his twelve grandchildren, Leah (Moravitz) Loesch, Lisa Moravitz, Charles Mark Moravitz, Mariah (Moravitz) Castro, David Lopez, Matthew Moravitz Koschtial and Malisah, Billy J., Michael, Jessica, Lindsey, Jennifer and Becky Moravitz.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his four great-grandchildren, Cole Moravitz, Hunter and Hailey Loesch and Landon Castro.
Mr. Moravitz will be remembered by his family and all as a joy and inspiration for his courage.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., Sunday, October 21, 2001 at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. A chapel service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, October 22, 2001 at McCaleb Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
A special thanks to Knapp Medical Center’s nursing staff, physicians, auxiliary departments, E.M.S. services, Dr. Eshwar and the Dialysis Center. A very special thank you goes to Dr. Leticia Volpo, M.D.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

Margaret Turner Vaughn Sherman
DENTON, TX — Margaret Turner Vaughn Sherman, 89, of Denton passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at Denton Community Hospital. She was born October 14, 1912 to Charles and Daisy Turner in Coldwater, Kansas. She was awarded a B.S. degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University. On September 1, 1935, she married Francis Arthur Vaughn, U.S.M.C., Ret. In Hartford, Kansas.
He preceded her in death on April 28, 1980.
She married Dr. Robert C. Sherman on May 22, 1983, in Sunnyvale, Texas. She was a cellist in the South Texas Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Denton, formerly a member of the First Methodist Church in San Benito and Weslaco, where she was an active member of both choirs.
Memorials services were held Saturday, October 20, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. under the direction of Rev. Gary Muellar and Rev. Wm. C. Crouch.
A graveside service will be held Monday, October 22, 2001 at 10 a.m. in Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito, Texas. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Television Ministry or a charity of your choice. No visitation will be scheduled.
Survivors include her husband, Robert C. Sherman of Denton; five sons, Charles Turner Vaughn and wife, Phyllis of Sherman, Texas; Mark Howard Vaughn and wife, Marilyn of Blewberry, England; Francis Andrew Vaughn and wife, Judy of Georgetown, Texas, John Christopher Vaughn and wife, Caralynn of Denver, Colorado; and Elliott Benson Vaughn of Houston, Texas; her step-children, Bob Sherman and wife, Bette; Betty Lynn Jordan and husband, Ray; and Jud Sherman and wife, Pat, all of Denton; 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Schmitz Floyd Adersen Funeral Home, Inc., 120 S. Carroll Blvd., Denton, Texas 76201. (940) 382-2214.

Felix J. Bareika
WESLACO, TX — Felix J. Bareika, 85, entered into rest on October 15, 2001, at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Weslaco. Felix was born on July 31, 1916 to Anthony and Francis Bareika.
Educated at Kenosha High School and then entered the CCC Camp before being employed at AMC. 
He went into the service 1940-1945. He spent most of the time in the South Pacific.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Bareika.
Mr. Bareika was survived by his wife of 58 years, Geneva Bareika of Weslaco; daughter, Nancy Bareika Pasquali of Kenosha, Wisconsin; son, Robert Bareika of Kenosha, Wisconsin; 2 granddaughters; one great granddaughter of Florida; sister, Sophie of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

Eutiquio Mendez
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL — Eutiquio Mendez, 68, of Deerfield Beach passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2001.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Maria; sons, Rodolfo and Kathleen, Felix and Francine, Antonio, Jose, Juan Daniel, and his daughter, Beatriz Mendez; one grandson, Xavier Mendez; his brothers and sisters, Fedrico, Salvadar, Arturo and Elodia Mendez all of Harlingen, TX, Roberto of Laredo, TX and Olivia Aponta of Fresno, CA.
Visitation will be on Sunday, October 21st, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 22nd, at 10:30 a.m. at FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 200 West Copans Rd., Pompano Beach, Florida 33064 (954) 784-4000. 
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. 

Magdalena Najar
LA FERIA, TX — Magdalena Najar, 87, passed away into eternal rest on Thursday, October 18, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
She was a La Feria resident for the past 16 years and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband; Marcelo B. Najar of La Feria; three daughters, Consuelo (Agustin) Cavazos of San Francisco, CA, Minerva Patricia Najar of La Feria and Mercedes Gonzales of Mexico; three sons, Manuel (Martha) Santana of San Francisco, CA, Antonio (Elvia) Santana of Daly City, CA and Pablo (Laura) Santana of San Francisco, CA; 4 sisters, Maria Branbilla, Carmela Mendoza, Josefina Amaral and Julia Robles all of Mexico; one brother, Francisco Diaz of Mexico; 24 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2001 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Mont Meta Funeral Home.
Mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 21, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in La Feria.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77/83, Harlingen, Texas, 78550, (956) 428-9004.

Sara G. Gomez
WESLACO, TX — Sara G. Gomez, 99, went to be with the Lord on October 15, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.
She was born March 20, 1902 in Corpus Christi, TX to Crecencio and Cruz Vega Garcia. 
She was the last remaining of seven children. 
She was a resident of Alta Vista Apartments in Weslaco for 28 years where she was actively involved in the Resident’s Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Santiago G. Gomez; a son, Samuel Gomez and her granddaughter, Sondra Lee Barta.
She is survived by her daughter, Hilda (Paul) Golden of Springfield, FL and their children, Harry and Amy Berger, Todd and Laurie Lua (their daughter, McKenzie Renee), and Christopher Golden. A son, David (Elia) Gomez of Weslaco; their children, Elvia Gomez, Tirza Garcia, David (Veronica) Gomez and their children, Jocelyn, Linda L. and Justin Gomez, her daughter, Maria (Skip) Jaehne of Venice, FL and their children, Sara and Jim Penny (their son, Patrick), Eric and Jean Larson and their children, Zachary and Max; Patrick and Barbara Jaehne (their daughter, Natalie). Also surviving is a daughter, Noemi (Lee) Barta of Kalispell, MT (their son, James Barta), another son, Jimmy (Sylvia) Gomez of Edinburg (their children, Shannon Birdwell (her children, Stacia and Austin), Norma Gomez and Jaime Gomez. Numerous other family members also survive Mrs. Sara G. Gomez.
She will be remembered by her family as a matriarch, a joy and an inspiration. "Her children arise and call her blessed" Proverbs 31:28.
In memory of Sara Gomez those friends wishing to, may make memorial contributions to your favorite charity including to the families of victims of the terrorist attacks.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 19, 2001 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Templo De Adoracion El Shadai of Weslaco with Dra. Yorelis Teran Alvarez, Pastor, as the officiant and Minister Jessie Contreras assisting. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Serving as pallbearers will be, David Gomez, Jr., Patrick Jaehne, Rene Cosme Towns, Skip Jaehne, Lee Barta, Jaime Gomez and James Barta.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.


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