Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store.
Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission and was in charge of altar decorations for all holidays and served on the church’s finance committee. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.
Her favorite pastimes were taking care of and cooking for her family and friends and helping out in the community.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Filut; daughter, Vanessa Peña; son, Robert Peña Jr.; stepson, Richard L. (Kelly) Filut; stepdaughter, Michelle Filut; brother, Joe (Rosie) Olivarez, Jr.; sisters, Maria Luisa (Bernie) Peña and Sara (Ralph) Valdez; sister-in-law, Mary Bohannon; brothers-in-law, Robert (Janelle) Filut and Jim (Irma) Filut; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jose Maria and Maria Luisa Olivarez.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. The funeral mass will take place on Monday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission. A graveside service will follow later on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.