MISSION – Benita Cardoza, 86, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at her home in Mission.
Survivors include her children, Juanita Zarate of Mission, Rosario Vela of Edinburg, Ricardo Cardoza of Mission, Eduardo Cardoza of South Carolina, Elena Ybarra of Mission, Julia De Colon of Mission, Celso Cardoza Jr. of Mission, Juan Julio Lopez of McAllen, Carolina Gonzalez of Palmview and Corina Cardoza of Mission; siblings, Juanita Lopez, Inez Lopez and Rosa Gomez, all of McAllen, Luciano Lopez of Mission, Luis Lopez of Illinois and Chema Lopez of Wisc.; and 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Celso Cardoza; parents, Felipa and Nicholas Lopez; and siblings, Ernestina Lopez and Anselmo Lopez.
A funeral mass was held on Feb. 3 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in McAllen.