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MISSION – Josefina S. “Josie” Ayala passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg.

OBIT_josefina-ayala_001Mrs. Ayala received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pan American University and was a teacher in Mission for over 25 years.

She enjoyed shopping, word search puzzles, and cooking meals for her family.  Josie will always be remembered for having a big heart; she was always willing to lend a helping hand.  Josie loved her family dearly, and always desired to give them all that she could.  Josie remained strong in her faith, and was always a support to her husband who served as a Deacon.  As much as she cherished her family, she cherished her friends just as much.

Survivors include by her children Ana E. (Lazaro) Hernandez of Pittsburg, California, Mary Lou Ayala of Austin, Ricardo (Leticia) Ayala III of Brownsville, David (Margo) Ayala of McAllen, John L. Ayala of San Antonio, Ruben Rene (Lisa Renee) Ayala of Plano, and Lori Ann Ayala of Mission; brothers Hector (Arlene) Sanchez and Rafael (Nora) Sanchez both of Maryland; and nine grandchildren she adored, Abigail, Alejandro, Antonio, Ciara Danielle, Chloe Marie, Solenne Nicole, Carissa Marie, Gabriella Renee, and Caleb Anthony.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Ricardo Ayala, Jr., and her daughter, Elena Marie Ayala.

A funeral mass was held June 28 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission.  Burial followed at San Jose Cemetery in Mission.  Services were under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.

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