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MISSION - Noe Sanchez, 54, left to be with our Lord on June 28, 2011 at Houston Hospice. He was born to Eleazar Sanchez, Sr. and Julia Leal on September 25, 1956 in Mission.

He was man of integrity (Psalms 25:21, Psalms 41:12) and a man after God's own heart. He loved the heart of the writers of Psalms and wisdom of the Proverbs. He rose early to mediate on God's word and it overflowed in his actions daily.  He was joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Noe was a faithful member of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Mission which his father pastored for 35 years.

Noe was a faithful husband to Aida Nelly Sanchez for 27 wonderful years. He loved his family as God loved the church. He was the world's greatest inventor and handyman. He cherished people and always brought joy to the lives of those he met. One of the things Noe loved most was BBQing for family and friends to joy in their company. The doors to his home were always open and his prayers stretched miles for his friends and family.  Noe was the hardest worker the world might have ever known. He started with AEP, formerly known as CPL, in 1980. He worked there for 31 years.

One of his favorite verses reads, Phillipians 1:27-28, "(27) Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, (28) and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.”            Noe lived to proclaim the glory of God. May the hope and life he lived never be forgotten.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Aida Nelly Sanchez; children, Noe Sanchez Jr., Eliab (Ashley) Sanchez, Sarai Sanchez and Israel Sanchez; parents, Eleazar and Julia Sanchez; and siblings, Antonio Sanchez, Eleazar Sanchez Jr., David Sanchez, Romaldo Sanchez, Joe Sanchez, Esther de la Garza, Ruth Macias and Norma Sanchez.

Family will receive friends Thursday, June 30, from 1 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service held at 7 p.m. at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Mission. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1, at Primera Iglesia Bautista on 6th Street & Oblate in Mission. Interment will follow at Lord & I Cemetery in Palmview.

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