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Angelica Salinas Martinez
July 18, 1928 ~ September 14, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Angelica Salinas Martinez, affectionately known as "Little Grandma," passed away peacefully in McAllen, Texas, on September 14, 2023. Born on July 18, 1928, in Reynosa, Mexico, she lived a vibrant and full life that spanned 95 years. Little Grandma, with her boundless love and kindness, was an ever-present pillar of strength, comfort, and tranquility for her family and friends.
Angelica was the cherished mother of her daughter, Elida Gomez, and was blessed with a caring son-in-law, Jose Luis Gomez Sr. She deeply mourned the loss of her beloved son, Juan Jose Martinez, whose memories remained close to her heart. Angelica was the proud and loving grandmother to Angelica Teresa, Angelica Maria, Jose Luis, George Alberto, Gualberto, Mildred, Juana Griselda, Maria Estella, and Edgar Jesus. She delighted in spending precious moments with her great-grandchildren, Iaiin Alexander, Kailey, Juliet, Makai, Evan, Rylan, Honorio, Mateo, Sophia, Hariam, Juan Artemio, Elida Yurize, Betzua Zolometh, and deeply grieved the loss of Isaiah Aiden. Her joy was further magnified with the arrival of her great-great-grandchildren, Izaiiah Obed and Scarlet Brooklyn.
Little Grandma made her mark on the culinary world in the most intimate of settings - her own kitchen. She shared her passion for cooking with her daughter and granddaughters, teaching them the nuances of traditional Mexican recipes passed down through generations. Her kitchen was a place of warmth, love, and learning, where family ties were strengthened, and lifelong memories were created.
Aside from cooking, Angelica's greatest interest was spending time with her family. She cherished the moments of joy, laughter, and even the occasional tears that came with the hustle and bustle of a large, loving family. She was a guiding light and a source of unwavering support for all her loved ones.
Angelica's life was a testament to the words of Mother Teresa, "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." She was a living embodiment of this quote, touching everyone she met with her loving, kind, and thoughtful nature. She was a beacon of positivity and love, and her legacy will continue to live on through the lives she touched.
Remembering Angelica, we think of a woman who lived her life to the fullest, embracing every moment with grace and gratitude. Little Grandma's spirit, her love for her family, her passion for cooking, and her ceaseless kindness are characteristics that will forever be embedded in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. As we bid farewell to Angelica Salinas Martinez, we celebrate a life well-lived, a woman well-loved, and a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come.
Visitations will be held from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen. Cremation to follow. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen.