OBITUARY – Aurora G. Cavazos

PEÑITAS – Aurora G. Cavazos, 106, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Briarcliff Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in McAllen, Texas. She was born in Tabasco, Texas, on July 18, 1912, to Melecio Gonzalez and Andrea Silva.

Aurora is survived by her children, Maria Helena (Emmett) Heimsoth, Sonia Aurora (Joe) Leal and Belinda Marie (Leo) Thatcher; she also leaves behind 10 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and a sister, Angelica “Kela” Garcia.

Aurora CavazosAurora was the oldest living graduate of Nellie Schunior High School (now La Joya High School) class of 1931.

After graduating, Aurora worked as a dedicated seamstress in downtown McAllen making wedding dresses for her sisters and other friends. In the 1930s, Aurora was instrumental in raising funds to build La Joya’s first church, San Nicolas, currently known as Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. While fundraising, Aurora met Blas Cavazos, a local sales man who would later become her husband in 1935. Their union lasted for 66 years. He passed away in 2001.

Visitation took place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. rosary at Virgil Wilson Memorial Chapel in Mission, Texas. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Peñitas. Interment followed at La Joya City Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Delma, Orlando and Elena at Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation in McAllen for their outstanding care.

Funeral Services have been entrusted to the care of Virgil Wilson Mortuary in Mission.

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