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MISSION - Graciela Casas Sanchez , 52, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012 at Comfort House in McAllen.

She was born to Abelardo and Elfida Casas on April 27, 1959 in Mission. She attended Mission schools until high school graduation and received her bachelor’s degree in Education and master’s in reading from the University of Texas-Pan American. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sorority.

Mrs. Sanchez was employed with the Mission CISD for 29 years with most of professional life spent teaching at Castro Elementary School. She was a lifetime member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission.

She is survived by her children Marcos and Judith; father, Abelardo Casas; and brothers, Abelardo Jr., Francisco, and Luis Casas.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Basilio and Guadalupe Casas and Luis and Macaria C Olivarez; mother, Elfida Casas; and a brother, Homero Casas.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission with a rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Monday, April 9, at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Laurel Hills Cemetery in Mission.

Pallbearers will be Abelardo Casas Jr., Omar Zamora, Javier Ramon Garcia, Frank David Casas, Richard Martinez, Luis Casas, Ricardo Casas, and Gabby Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers will be Francisco Casas, Cris Bermea, Irene Ramos, Gloria Perez, Estela Hernandez, Tina Zamora and Carmen Fernandez.


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