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Chavela Camacho Gonzales

                                            Gonzales, 69

Chavela Camacho Gonzales, 69, died at home on December 27, 2022, in Live Oak, Texas. She was born on June 14, 1953 in Pearsall to Tomas and Santiaga Camacho.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son Clifton Charles Gonzales, grandmother Irena Cerna, siblings Ruben Camacho, Lupe Gauna, Tom Camacho, sister and brothers in law Carmen Camacho, Margie Camacho, Bartloa Camacho, San Juan Gauna, and Stella Camacho and mother and father-in-law Efren and Apolonia Gonzales.

Chavela is survived by her husband of 44 years Clifton Gonzales, daughter Rebecca Cavazos (Edward), grandchildren Israel, Bianca, Olivia, Noah, and great-granddaughter Ellie, siblings Paul (Jean), Manuel (Aurelia), Chago (Pat), Josie, and Vicki Camacho.

Chavela was the youngest of ten brothers and sisters. In her childhood, she enjoyed making wonderful memories with her siblings and cousins playing outside.

She married Clifton V. Gonzales in her hometown of Pearsall on July 29, 1978. The couple lived in San Antonio and had two children, Clifton Charles Gonzales, and Rebecca Camacho Gonzales Cavazos. Chavela was a stay-at-home mom and took pride in taking care of her family, ensuring home cooked meals were on the table each night.  She attended and volunteered at every event for her children. Throughout the years, Chavela often told her children stories of her childhood that included many memories with her parents, grandmother, brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends, growing up overall.

Chavela was diagnosed with a degenerative disease in 1995 and often told her family she was going to fight the disease and promised herself she would be able to stand up for her children’s graduation. She surpassed this goal and so many others and while able to care for her first grandson, Israel Nathaniel from birth until elementary school age; teaching him preschool and kinder concepts. Chavela was an active member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church. She attended weekly prayer groups and made many friendships through her faith. When Chavela was no longer able to attend services due to her illness, she and her husband watched the daily rosary and mass from home as her continued commitment to God.

Pallbearers included David Camacho, Edward Cavazos, Gary Allen, Israel Urdiales, Jerry Camacho, Joe Valadez, Manuel Camacho and Mario Camacho. Honorary pallbearers were Noah Cavazos, Bianca Herrera and Olivia Gonzales.