GRAND PRAIRIE – Maria Antonia Rendon of Grand Prairie, Tex. entered into her eternal rest on Tuesdaay, Jan. 17, 2017, at the age of 84.
She was born in Mission, Tex. on Feb. 22, 1932, to the late Blas and Juanita Perez Rendon.
She is survived by her sisters, Maria P. Alvarez (Crecencio Jr.) of Grand Prairie and Josefina Salinas of Mission, as well as beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends, including those she made as a long-time parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Oak Cliff.
Maria Antonia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Martin, Sabino and Rafael Rendon, and baby Enrique; as well as the godparents who raised her, Alonzo and Guadalupe Rivera Perez, also of Mission, Tex.
A rosary was held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., at Guerrero-Dean Funeral Home, 500 E. Main Street, Grand Prairie. A funeral mass was held on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 400 NE 17th Street, Grand Prairie, Tex.
A lifelong, devout Roman Catholic, Maria Antonia worked as a church secretary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission, Tex., from 1948 to 1963. She then moved to San Antonio, Tex. and continued working in a variety of capacities, including as a secretary at Our Lady of the Lake University. In 1971, Maria Antonia moved to Dallas and worked a few years at the National Cursillo Center in Dallas before being employed in the late 1970s at the Texas Dept. of Health & Human Services Food Stamp office, where she retired in 1989.
She also enjoyed world travel to places such as Rome, Jerusalem and the Holy Land and extensive travel throughout Spain and Mexico.
The family would like to extend our appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of Metroplex Nursing & Rehabilitation and the hospice team who oversaw Maria Antonia’s care, as well as to Guerrerro-Dean Funeral home for their compassionate assistance.