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Samia “Pennie” Vanessa Ghazi (Valdez)

Ghazi, 67

Samia “Pennie” Vanessa Ghazi (Valdez), 67, died on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, in San Antonio surrounded by her son and family. Nicknamed Pennie by her family, she was born on December 22, 1953 in Pearsall to Florencio Valdez Sr. and Josefa Martinez Valdez.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert Valdez Sr., Jose and Juan, brother-in-law Guadalupe G. Benavides Sr., and nephews Florencio Valdez III, Bobby Valdez, Jr. and David Daniel Benavides.

Pennie is survived by her son Jalal “Jay” Ghazi, sister Viola Montes, brother Buddy Aguilar Sr. and wife Santos, brother Florencio Valdez, Jr., sister Mary Benavides, brother Mickey Valdez Sr. and wife Rosa, and sister-in-law Sylvia Hernandez Valdez and numerous nieces, nephews.

The youngest of nine, she was an accomplished tennis player at Pearsall High School, earning doubles state champion her junior year and was a singles state finalist her senior year. She attended Shriner University on a tennis scholarship and later transferred to The University of Texas at Austin. Pennie spent 22 years as a professional administrative assistant in the technology industry in Austin.

After her mother died, she began her second career following the footsteps of her father and brothers as a truck driver in various industries for 17 years. She spent the last four years supporting homeland security as a Resident Supervisor at Core Civic.

Pennie enjoyed her four dogs, Champ, Piper, Dodger and Tyson and was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Visitation was held on Monday, December 13 from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 6 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home in Pearsall. Funeral mass was held on Tuesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pearsall with interment to follow at Pearsall Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Joe Albert Montes, Guadalupe Benavides Jr., John Benavides, Christopher Valdez, Jarrett Valdez, Manny Arellano and David Issac Benavides.

Funeral arrangement were under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, Pearsall.