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Elsa C. Salinas

April 21, 1968 ~ August 14, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old


Elsa Cortez Salinas

It is with profound respect and heartfelt admiration that we celebrate the beautifully lived life of Elsa Cortez Salinas, a beacon of love, kindness, and selflessness. Born on April 21, 1968, in Kingsburg, CA, Elsa embarked on a journey that would inspire, motivate, and touch the hearts of many. On August 14, 2023, Elsa peacefully transitioned in Edinburg, TX, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her spirit lives on in the hearts of those she touched and the lives she enriched.

Elsa was a cherished daughter of Santos and Margarita Cortez and a beloved sister to her five siblings. She was a guiding light in her family, illuminating their lives with her unwavering love and unyielding support. Her legacy of love continued as she met and married her soulmate, Jose Zuniga Salinas. Together, they nurtured a beautiful family, raising their children Crystal, Christopher Ivan, and Chantal, with the same boundless love and kindness that Elsa embodied. Elsa's love extended to her two stepchildren Jose and Veronica, and nine grandchildrenwhom she adored and spoiled with all the love a grandmother could give. Her family was the center of her universe, and she was the binding force that kept them closely knit. Elsa was preceded in death by her loving mother Margarita Cortez and stepdaughter Veronica Salinas Arredondo.

Elsa was a woman of great intellect and wisdom. Her educational journey led her to South Texas College, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership. She used her education not just for personal growth, but also to enable herself to better support her husband in improving their company business.

A woman of many passions, Elsa loved to immerse herself in a good book and enjoyed attending concerts. These activities were a source of joy and relaxation, but it was the company of her friends and family that truly invigorated her. The memories made during times spent with loved ones were her most treasured possessions. These were the times where her laughter was the loudest, her smile the brightest, and her heart the happiest.

Elsa's legacy is one of love, kindness, and selflessness. She was a woman who lived her life with grace and dignity, always putting the needs of others before her own. Her spirit was as radiant as her smile, illuminating the lives of those she loved. 

Let us remember Elsa as she was - a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her life was a beautiful melody, a song of love and kindness that will continue to echo in the hearts of those she touched. As we remember Elsa, let us not dwell on the sorrow of her departure, but celebrate the joy, love, and inspiration she brought into our lives. May we all strive to live with the same love, kindness, and selflessness that Elsa exemplified, for that is the greatest tribute we can pay to her memory.

Gathering of family and friend will be held from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen with a Celebration of Life being held at 6:30 pm. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen. 


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Gathering of Family and Friends
August 16, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rivera Funeral Home - McAllen
1901 Pecan Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

Celebration of Life
August 16, 2023

6:30 PM
Rivera Funeral Home - McAllen
1901 Pecan Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501


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