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OBIT-Epigmenio Ruiz Jr.

MISSION - Epigmenio Ruiz Jr. died on Thursday, April 18, at his residence in Mission.

Ruiz is survived by his wife, Laurentina Ruiz; children, Bertha Marquez, Daniel Ruiz, Epigmenio Ruiz, Mannie Rivera, Juan Ruiz, Maria Hernandez, Pedro Francisco Ruiz, David L. Ruiz and Jesus Ruiz; sister, Maria Barrera; 39 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 22, at Triunfo de la Fe Church in Mission. Interment followed at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.

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OBIT-Rogelio “Roy” Sanchez Sr.

McALLEN - Rogelio "Roy" Sanchez Sr., 64, passed away Friday, April 19, at McAllen Medical Center. He was born in Taylor, Texas to Juan Sanchez and Beatriz Ybarra Sanchez on September 3, 1948.

Sanchez is survived by his wife, Martha Sanchez; children, Roxanne Mendez, Rogelio Sanchez Jr., Robbin Salas; siblings, San Juanita Jackson, Rosa Ortiz, Juan Sanchez, Santos Sanchez, Ruben Sanchez, Eliodoro Sanchez, Victor Sanchez, Jorge Sanchez, Mario Alberto Sanchez; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Beatriz;  sister, Mirella Sanchez; brother, Esbetan Sanchez; and his grandparents, Ramon and Olivia Sanchez.

Visitation was held Monday, April 22, at Ric Brown Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held Tuesday, April 23, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mission and burial followed at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.

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OBIT-Geraldine (Jerry) Welch Thornton

MISSION - Geraldine (Jerry) Welch Thornton passed away on April 21. Jerry was born in Gadsden, Tennessee on October 5, 1922, the third of seven children born to James and Rosebud Welch. She moved to the Valley in 1927.

She is survived by her children, Walter Brent Thornton, Jan Brashear, John Thornton and Ted Thornton. She is also survived by one sister, Elizabeth Doyle and one brother, William Welch and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, W.B. "Dub" Thorton, Jr., precedes her in death.

A memorial service was held Thursday, April 25 at Kreidler Funeral Home.

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OBIT-Richard “Rick” Lewis Thrash

MISSION - Richard "Rick" Lewis Thrash, 71, died on April 16.

He was preceded in death by his sons Troy Lewis, Terry Lewis and Tony Lewis Thrash; his parents William Wesley and Rhea Thrash and by his brother Paul Thrash.

Rick was a member of Conway Ave. Baptist Church in Mission. He grew up in Soap Lake, Washington and served in the United States Navy from 1959-1962 in Beeville.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Reki Casey, Freddy Lewis Thrash, Melanie Goss, Melissa Frost and Melbourn Goss; brothers, Wesley Thrash and Charles Thuesen; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, at Conway Ave. Baptist Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers we request that memorial contributions be made to the Comfort House, 617 Dallas Ave. McAllen, TX 78501.

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OBIT-Rodolfo Valdez Jr.,

LA JOYA - Rodolfo Valdez Jr., 25 passed away Wednesday, April 17, at his residence in La Joya. He was born on August 2, 1987 in Mission.
Survivors include his parents, Rodolfo and Blanca Valdez; and sisters, Esperanza and Brenda.

He WAS preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother Maria Elia Alaniz and Paternal Grandmother Esperanza Valdez.

Chapel services were held, Friday, April 19 at The Lord and I Memorial Chapel in Peñitas. Interment followed at Havana City Cemetery in Havana.

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OBIT-Lydia C. Veliz

PALMVIEW – Lydia C. Veliz, 70, passed away on Sunday, April 14, in Granbury. She was born to Pedro Calderon and Sofia de la Paz on May 6, 1942 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Veliz is survived by her children, Ricardo, Robert, Sophia Peña, Diana V. Rodriguez and Belinda Veliz; siblings, Guadalupe Muñoz, Amparo Alvarado, Pedro Calderon, Rodolfo Calderon and Jose Calderon. Survivors also include 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Veliz and her son, Ruben Veliz, Jr.

A visitation and rosary were held April 18 Virgil Wilson Memorial Chapel in Mission. A funeral mass was held April 19, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Interment followed at San Jose Cemetery in Mission.

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DEATH NOTICE-Jose A. Alaffa

PEÑITAS – Jose Arnulfo Alaffa Jr., 25, died Wednesday, April 17, at his residence.

Chapel services were held April 19, at The Lord and I Memorial Chapel in Peñitas. Burial was at Lord and I Cemetery in Palmview.

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DEATH NOTICE-Ramon Avila Jr.

PALMVIEW - Ramon Avila Jr., 1, died Friday, April 19, 201, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

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DEATH NOTICE-Carmen Hernandez

ALTON - Services for Carmen Hernandez were held April 22, at Virgil Wilson Memorial Chapel in Mission. Burial was at Lord & I Cemetery in Palmview.

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DEATH NOTICE-Santiago Baeza

MISSION - Funeral services for Santiago Baeza were April 24, at Funeraria Del Angel Chapel in Mission. Burial was at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.

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DEATH NOTICE-Andres Flores

MISSION - Andres Flores, 62, died Thursday, April 18, at his residence in Mission.

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DEATH NOTICE-Leonel Garcia

PALMVIEW – A Funeral Mass for Leonel Garcia was held April 24, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abram. Burial was at Lord and I Cemetery in Palmview.

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DEATH NOTICE-Natividad Garcia

MISSION – Natividad Garcia 90, died Saturday, April 20, at McAllen Medical Center.

Chapel services were held April 23, at Rivera Funeral Home of Mission. Burial was at Valley Memorial Garden in McAllen.

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DEATH NOTICE-Baldemar Garza

MISSION - Funeral services for Baldemar Garza were April 22, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Burial was at Garden of Angels Cemetery.

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DEATH NOTICE-Oralia Ozuna

MISSION - Chapel services for Oralia Ozuna were April 24, at Virgil Wilson Memorial Chapel in Mission. Burial was at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.

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DEATH NOTICE-Ralph Allen Penrod

MISSION - Ralph Allen Penrod, 71, died Saturday, April 20, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

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