Victoria V. (Ama) Gonzales, 91, died at her home in Pearsall on February 20, 2023. She was born on July 28, 1931 in Pearsall to Santos and Guadalupe Velis.
She is preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Raymundo Velis, husband Ignacio V. Gonzales, infant daughter Irene Gonzales, son-in-law Hector S. Villarreal.
Victoria is survived by her children Ignacio Gonzales Jr. (Andrea), Estela DeLeon (Celestino), Ester Vasquez (Silverio), Rosa Hernandez (Ignacio), MaryAnn Villarreal (and late husband Hector), Elena Padron (Marcus), Brenda Crenshaw (Eloy Vinton), 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and another on the way.
Victoria was a devoted Catholic and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pearsall. She was known for her delicious frijoles guisados and her braiding skills, which some of her granddaughters had the privilege of experiencing. She enjoyed animals, especially dogs, cats and had several pets throughout her life. Her favorite color was blue, and she enjoyed listening to music, watching her favorite game shows, and The Golden Girls and her favorite flowers were sunflowers. She also enjoyed playing Loteria (Mexican Bingo) during holiday gatherings and savoring a slice of pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread. Victoria was a talented seamstress, often making her own children’s clothes and clothing for others.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. at Primrose Funeral Services in Pearsall. A mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pearsall. Interment will follow at the Pearsall Veterans Cemetery in Pearsall. Anyone wishing to share a memory or express condolences to the family can do at: www.primrosefuneralservices.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Primrose Funeral Services, Pearsall.