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NOTICE: Virginia Ortiz

ALTON - Virginia Ortiz, 70, died Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at her Alton residence.  Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, with a 6 p.m. prayer service at Flores Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Mission.

NOTICE: Rafael Ornela

MISSION - Rafael Ornelas, 95, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

NOTICE: Enrique Cantu Rios

MISSION - Enrique Cantu Rios, 80, died Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

OBIT: Jose Roberto de la Garza

MISSION - Jose Roberto De La Garza passed away Thursday, September 8, 2011 in McAllen. He was born on May 11, 1940 in Mission to Vicente and Amelia (Sandoval) de la Garza.

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OBIT: Emilio Saenz

MISSION – Emilio Saenz, 77, passed away on September 5, 2011, at Mission Regional Medical Center in Mission.

He was an avid gardener, and enjoyed making plants grow.  He was a music lover, and could be found listening to music on the internet.  He taught his family the value of hard work and always provided for his family.

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NOTICE: Maria G. Ramirez

MISSION - Visitation for Maria G. Ramirez will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Rivera Funeral Chapel in Mission.

NOTIE: Irma Lopez Garza

McALLEN – A funeral mass for Irma Lopez Garza will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial follows at Lord & I Cemetery in Palmview.

OBIT: Vina Oats

SHARYLAND – Vina Oats, 86, passed away on September 5, 2011, at her residence in Sharyland.

Mrs. Oats is survived by her husband of 64 years, Scott Oats of Sharyland; daughters, Robbie Ault of Sharyland and Peggy Tomlinson of Sharyland; grandchildren, Alexis Ault of Austin, Tommy (Natalie) Tomlinson of Victoria, and Brad (Heather) Tomlinson of Sharyland; and great-grandchildren Brooke, Ashley, Hailey, Lilly, and Reagan.

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OBIT: Eugenio Lopez

MISSION - Eugenio Lopez, 56, left to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Mission Regional Medical Center. He was born to Eugenio Lopez and Esperanza Rodriguez on December 18, 1954 in Sinaloa, Mexico.

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NOTICE: Santos Villarreal

SULLIVAN CITY - Santos Villarreal, 86, died Friday, September 2, 2011, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

A funeral mass was held Sept. 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sullivan City. Burial followed at Havana Cemetery in Havana.

NOTICE: Luis E. Madrigal

MISSION - Luis E. Madrigal, 79, died September 4, 2011 at the Aurora House in Weslaco.

NOTICE: Juanita Lira

MISSION – A funeral service for Juanita Lira will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 6, 2011, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Burial follows at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

OBIT: Ernest J. Cowart

MISSION - Ernest James “Jimmy” Cowart, 75, of Mission, passed away September 3, 2011 at The Bridges.

Mr. Cowart was born in 1935 in central Florida, the son of William and Agnes Cowart. He came to south Texas driving a truck in 1956 where he became a truck broker for Crumpler & Sons Truck Brokerage in Pharr, shipping produce out of the Rio Grande Valley, and later went into business for himself moving freight. He started TCI, a flatbed trucking operation, with his son in the late 1980s.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Edinburg.

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