MISSION - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our loving mother and friend Guadalupe H. De Leon Longoria, whose Guardian Angel has returned her to her Almighty Father.
Lupita, as she was known by all, was born in Acambaro Guanajuato, Mexico, on December 12, 1918 to Cayetano and Francisca Herrera. At the age of five, Lupita, her parents and siblings lived in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. Her father was bringing the family to Tepeguaje, a ranch owned by her grandmother, Pilar Gonzalez, in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Two years later the family migrated throughout the Rio Grande Valley living in Rio Grande City, Harlingen, and Edinburg, and then settling in Mission.
Mrs. De Leon attended schools in Harlingen and Edinburg, graduating from the Edinburg School District in 1939. Following graduation, she worked as a secretary for Hidalgo County and later for Jersey Creamery in Edinburg.
Lupita met her future and loving husband, Juan M. De Leon, when after a short courtship they married in September 1939, making their home in Mission. They had two children, Juan M. "Johnny" De Leon and Mary Helen De Leon Salinas.
She was a loving wife, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother who will be cherished and remembered always. Her strong spirit and unfailing determination was always to give a helping hand to anyone in need. She demonstrated unconditional love to everyone she befriended.
She later remarried Armando Longoria in June 1990 and they enjoyed a wonderful marriage lasting 10 years before Mr. Longoria's passing.
Lupita had many dear friends with whom she served in civic organizations such as the Mission Hospital Auxiliary, second president to serve and continuing service for many years thereafter; a member of the Lions Club, and Los Sembradores del Valle, as well as the International Good Neighbor Council. She also served as a clerk for Precinct 10 during election times and volunteered for the Mission Historical Museum.
Mrs. De Leon will be immensely missed for her generosity in church organizations to which she belonged, including Las Guadalupanas, Catholic Daughters, and Damas Catolicas. She also served as a catechist at Guadalupe Catholic School while her children attended school there.
In 2006 Lupita was honored by Bishop Raymond Pena with a Spirit Award, a very prestigious recognition given by the Dioceses of Brownsville.
Survivors include her loving daughter, Mary Helen Salinas (Jesus); Aurora De Leon (daughter-in-law); her loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild, who were the pride of her life; brother, Francisco Herrera (Minnie) of Mexico; sisters, Maria Eliza Lester (Ret. Col. Hugh H.) of Las Vegas, Nevada and Benita Somohano (Horacio) of McAllen; along with a host of nieces, nephews and many loved ones.
She is preceded in death by her son, Juan "Johnny" M. De Leon, and sibling, Leonor Rodriguez and Joseph Herrera Duran.
Visitation will be held on June 2 from 2 to 9 p.m. with a rosary starting at 7 p.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.
The funeral mass will be held on June 3 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 620 N. Dunlap Mission. Interment follows at Laurel Cemetery.
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