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Sara Vela Obituary

Sara Vela 

Mission – Sara Vela, loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, age 50, entered eternal rest surrounded by her family and friends on Friday, November 19, at Mission Regional Medical Center. Her sudden death came as a shock to all who knew her.

Sara was born on October 30, 1971, to Jose Guadalupe Vela and Ester Vela Botello in McAllen.


Sara Vela October 30, 1971 – November 19, 2021

Sara is survived by her mother Ester Vela (Antonio) Botello, her brother Carlos (Lucy) Rodriguez, Jose Alberto “Beto” (Armandina) Vela, her niece Dehra, and nephews Daniel and Aaron. She is preceded in death by her father Jose Guadalupe Vela.

She was a graduate of Mission High School Class of 1990 and earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies from South Texas College. She had an extensive career working for Hidalgo County and was looking forward to retirement. She contributed her time to local politics and building relationships, but the time with family and specifically her niece and nephews were the ones that meant the most to her.

Sara doted on her family and was happiest when surrounded by them. She was a fearless and jubilant soul who undoubtedly left a mark in the lives of anyone she crossed paths with. She was a loving, kind, and nurturing person who was always willing to give a helping hand and requested nothing in return. She lived life to the fullest and always greeted you with a warm smile, hug, and kiss. To know Sara was an adventure.

She will be remembered for her cheerful disposition, undying loyalty, and her genuine caring demeanor. She possessed a unique trait that many aspire to, but few genuinely achieve – the ability to be truly non-judgmental and unconditional in providing care and support.

Even though Sara was taken too soon, she lived an extraordinary life surrounded by people who adored her.

Please join us as we celebrate this special person’s life at Ric Brown Funeral Home: visitation is on Friday, November 26 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Rosary will be held later that evening from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Mission Event Center. A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 11:30 a.m. with an interment to follow at Valley Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sara Vela’s name to the city of Mission – All-Inclusive Park.

Ways to Make a Donation:
1) Via Check: Make checks payable to Mission Prosperity Ventures. Memo to read All-Inclusive Park Donation
Mail check to 202 W Tom Landry, Mission, TX 78572 or deliver.
2) via PayPal: Login to your Paypal Account. Click on the Send button to Send Money and type in:
Mission Prosperity Ventures Inc.
On the note, please type All-Inclusive Park Donation.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Leslie, the accountant at 956-585-2727.


  1. Rene Uribe on November 23, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Our deepest condolences to your family and friends. There will never be enough words to heal the pain and sorrow. My family and I take comfort in lyrics from one of our favorite songs “Halos” by Chris Stapleton.
    “Don’t go asking Jesus why
    We’re not meant to know the answers
    They belong to the by and by”
    Fly high sweet angel.

  2. Sheri Albrecht Russell on November 24, 2021 at 3:20 am

    You and yours are in our hearts on our minds and a part of our prayers through these overwelming days and nights. We are so sorry for your loss.

  3. Lynne Day on November 24, 2021 at 9:45 am

    To my dear Ester and family , We send you our heartfelt sypathy and love after reading of the loss of Sara ….May the Precious Memories soon be a comfort to your hearts. We are out of state or we would be attending the services. Lynne MHS ’65 and Jim Day

  4. Olga Aleman on November 24, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    My sincerest condolences to you, Ester and your beloved family. May God grant you peace,

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