Obituaries

Thu
18
Apr

Gay Taylor

Gay Taylor, age 91, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Pearsall, with family at her side. She was born to Orlando Lacurtsie Copeland and Beulah Myrtle Shedd Copeland in Hondo, on July 10, 1927,

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Noble A. Taylor; brothers and sisters, Charlie James Copeland, Bernice Clara Copeland Beacham, Eldridge J. “Bill” Copeland, Susie Inez Copeland Boslav and Joe Landa “JL” Copeland; grandsons, Travis Boone Taylor and Sean Jacob Taylor.

She is survived by her children, Noble II and Carol Taylor of Pearsall; daughter Lana and Bruce Davis of Rogers, Arkansas; grandchildren, Michelle Anne Scott, Shauna Dawn Taylor, Leah Acie McDaniel and husband Bill, Meghan Alexandra Taylor, Meghan Elizabeth Miller and husband Rob, Noble Acie Taylor III, Rex Davis; great grandchildren, Jacob Wilson, Gage Carter, Kadence McDaniel, Wyatt Taylor, Alexa Miller, Stewart Pawlik and Bam Gene Miller; along with countless nieces, nephews and greats.

Thu
18
Apr

Petra Sanchez

Petra Sanchez, 64, of Lytle died on March 16, 2019. She was born in Cotulla on February 21, 1955 to Mariano and Dominga Sanchez.

Petra is preceded in death by her mother.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years Dionicio Q. Sanchez of Lytle; children, Dina D. and husband Joseph A. Perez of Somerset, Dora S. and husband Mario Rodriguez of Pearsall, Dionicio Q. Sanchez Jr. of Lylte, Deidra M. Sanchez of Cotulla, her father; siblings, Maria Dolores of Pleasanton, Mary Jane and husband Jose Aguilar, Maria Francisca and husband Martin Dominguez, Maria Elizabeth, Mario Sanchez all of Cotulla, Juan Jose Sanchez and wife Yvette of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces nad nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

Thu
18
Apr

Euvense Saldivar

Euvense Saldivar died on April 10, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born on January 17, 1938 to Antonio and Rosa Saldivar.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ricarda Balderas Saldivar; siblings, Miguel Saldivar and Matiana Ramos.

He is survived by his children, Yolanda Marquez, Euvense (Alicia) Saldivar Jr., Herlinda Saldivar (Fracis Lacava), Ricardo (Anita) Saldivar; his brother, Antonio Saldivar III (Guadalupe†); numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He worked in Munster, Indiana for the American Brick Co. for over 25 years where he eventually retired. He volunteered for the La Salle County Fire Department and was a bus driver for the Cotulla I.S.D, where he also retired from.

Visitation was held on Monday, April 15, at Peters Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Peters Funeral Home on Monday, April 15, at 12 p.m. Interment followed at the Cristo Rey Cemetery.

Thu
18
Apr

Sandra Ochoa

Sandra Sue Ochoa, 65 of Lakeland, Florida, originally of Pearsall, died on April 7, 2019. She was born on February 24, 1954 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Santiago Hernandez Martinez and Anca Diaz Martinez.

She is preceded in death by Juanita H. Martinez; son, Hector Ochoa; father; siblings, Romaldo Andres Martinez and Vero Joy Martinez.

She is survived by her husband, Epimenio Ochoa Sr.; children, Ramon Ochoa, Robert Ochoa, Epimenio Ochoa Jr., Willie Ochoa, Crystal Marie Munoz; mother, Anca Diaz Martinez; sister, Phyllis Godoy; her lifelong companion, Fidel Chavarria; 24grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Saturday, April 13, at Trevino Royal Oaks Funeral Chapel from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A rosary was recited at 3 p.m. with interment at the Pearsall Cemetery.

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18
Apr

Justyn Garza

Justyn D. Garza died on April 12, 2019 at the age of 20. He was born on February 2, 1999 to Cassandra J. Martinez and Antonio Garza III.

Justyn is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Francisco Gonzales and paternal grandfather, Antonio Garza II.

He is survived by his mother, Cassandra J. (Robert) Martinez; siblings, Blayde Martinez, Selest Martinez, Ava Martinez, Lainey Martinez, Daniel Martinez, Kayla Garza, Kiana Garza, Karysa Garza, Antonio Garza IV and Kaylani Garza; maternal grandmother, Rosie Gonzales; paternal grandparents, Roberto and Nancy Martinez and his father, Antonio (Roxana) Garza III; cousins, Mia, Abram, Elijah, Amaris, Zach, Jayden, Andrew, Alexia, Joseph (Jojo), Megan, Rodney, Marcus, Ezra, Ezequiel, Michael and Brianna.

Thu
11
Apr

Antonia Vega

Antonia C. Vega, 82 of Pearsall, died on April 2, 2019 in San Antonio. She was born on January 10, 1937 in Pleasanton to Gonzalo Corella and Tomasa Trevino Corella.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arturo Vega Sr.; children, Patricia Ann Mejia and Arturo Vega Jr.; parents and brothers, Gonzalo Corella Jr., Tomas Corella, Domingo Corella, Rebulo Corella and Alfredo Corella.

She is survived by her children, Olga Valdez of San Antonio, Rebecca Cuevas of San Angelo, Roberto Enrique Vega Sr. and wife Mary of Pearsall; sister, Criselda Corella Kelly(Robert) of Georgetown; 12 grandchildren; along with numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers included, Robert Vega Jr., Perfecto Delgado Jr., Perfecto Delgado III, Edward Salaiz, Joe Hernandez, Carlos Calvillo Jr., Ralph Vega Jr., Sammy Morales, Arturo Hernandez and Travis Felps.

Thu
11
Apr

Raphael Santos

Raphael P. Santos died on April 4, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born on February 1, 1933 to John and Sylvanna Santos.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Richard Pacheco, Theodore Pacheco, Johnny Pacheco, Johnny Pacheco, Marion Pacheco, Isabel Pacheco and Savannah Pacheco.

He is survived by his wife, Lindy Lou Smith Santos; children, Jeffery Santos, Lorie (Robert) Seidel, Brian Santos, Michael (Deanna) Santos, Mark Santos and Matthew (Thelma) Santos; grandchildren, R.J., Seth, Lucas, Rebecca, Beatric, Mark Jr., Nathan, Amberley, Calab, Alex, Garret, Madisyn, Breanna, Alinda, Felisha and his great grandchildren, Hailey, Salem, Lilly, Jesse, Gage, Kaden and Jeffery.

Visitation was held on Monday, April 8, at Peters Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Peters Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 9, at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at a later date.

Thu
11
Apr

Julian Ruiz

Julian L. Ruiz died on March 28, 2019 at the age of 59. He was born on June 18, 1959 to Julian and Anna Maria Ruiz.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Ruiz is survived by his wife of 33 years, Elvia Ruiz; children, Julian Ruiz Jr., Elizabeth Ruiz (Cesar Castor), Lucia Gonzalez (Joe Martinez), Frankie (Christine) Gonzalez, David (Elvira) Gonzalez and Jesse (Claire) Gonzalez; 14 grandchildren; siblings, Ricardo (Antonia) Ruiz, Rosa Avalos, Cuca (Elijio) Aguinaga, San Juana (Joe) Alvear and Arturo (Yolanda) Avalos; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation was held on Sunday, March 31, at Peters Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Peters Funeral Home on Monday, April 1, at 10 a.m. Interment followed at the Cotulla Southwest Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Peters Funeral Home, Cotulla. www.peters-fh.com

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11
Apr

Mario Moreno

Mario V. Moreno, of Pearsall, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the age of 54. He was born in Pearsall on November 27, 1964, to Rodolfo and Delia (Villanueva) Moreno.

Mario is survived by his wife, Lupita M. Moreno of Pearsall; his mother, Delia Moreno of Pearsall; son, Jonathan Ramirez (Robert) of San Antonio; daughter, Robyn Miranda Moreno of Houston; brothers, Rodolfo Moreno Jr. of Tulia, Jesus Lesandro Moreno of Waco, Edubiges Moreno of Pampa, Victor Hugo Moreno of Amarillo, Herman Moreno of College Station, Ramiro Moreno of San Antonio and Geraldo Moreno of San Antonio; sisters, Rita Elva Moreno, Maria Isabel Martinez, Leticia Martinez, Tina Michelle Martinez all of Pearsall and Adrianna Jimenez of San Antonio.

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11
Apr

Rowena Dillard

Rowena Nixon Dillard, born to Buford King Nixon and Lucille Cowley Nixon, on September 15, 1923, died on April 7, 2019, at the age of 95.

She was raised on the family ranch in Atascosa and Frio Counties, near Charlotte, and after six years of age, Rowena and her parents moved to Pearsall so she could attend school. Her early ranch friends called her “Wenie”. She later spent parts of her summers at Camp Waldemar near Hunt, and there she became “Ro”, which lasted the rest of her life. After high school, Ro attended Southwestern University for one year, and was initiated in to Delta Delta Delta sorority. Her sophomore year, Ro transferred to the University of Texas, and while living in the Tri Delt House, met Carl Dillard during a lunch they were hosting for Carl’s fraternity. Ro and Carl did not reconnect until after he returned from World War II and he had moved back to his hometown of Dilley. Ro and Carl became engaged and married in February of 1947.

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