San Juan ~ Nancy McDonald Yado, 50, entered eternal rest on Saturday, November 7, 2020. She was received in heaven by her father Pedro McDonald Jr, grandmother Bernarda Garcia Saldivar and father in-law Victoriano Yado Sr. She is survived by her husband of 25 years Ricardo (Rick) Yado, her daughter Natalie Nicole (Alex) Diaz de Villegas, mother Ludivina McDonald, sister Nora (Xavier) Longoria, brothers Pete (Patricia) McDonald, Oscar (Veronica) McDonald, Nicolas (Jeannie) McDonald and Brandon McDonald.
Nancy was a respectful daughter, caring sister, and most of all a loving wife and mother. She spent her young life in Houston every summer working in her family’s business. Having a love for the big city and a knack at business, she grew up to become the women we all knew and love today. Having this experience made her the go-getter she was until the end. Nancy was born third in what would become a clan of six siblings. She loved and cherished every moment with her family especially during the holidays. Christmas time was always very special to her. She was the coordinator and life of the party most would say. Those who knew her well, knew that no obstacle was ever too big or too small for her to get through. As a young woman, she met the man that would stay by her side though thick and thin. Having one beautiful child she became a homemaker. Even after leaving the family business, she still was the planner who thought things through and was well known for her attention to detail. She was headstrong and faced every challenge knowing she would come out winning. She was a doer, hard worker and took pride in what she believed in. She loved hosting family and friends and always made every moment an unforgettable experience. Later in life, Nancy became a substitute teacher at her daughter’s elementary school and taught Bible study at her childhood Catholic Church Our Lady of Sorrows. During this time, she also got involved in her community, San Juan, Tx. Another inner quality Nancy had was the skill of being creative. She was extremely talented in party decorations, desserts, home décor, but most of all homecoming mums. She was recognized as the best designer in the area and famous for the white senior mums. Even after her life took an unexpected turn, she was determined to fight her cancer head-on and even while fighting her 9 year battle, took every setback as an opportunity to prove to us just how strong and determined she still was. Never giving up faith in her doctors at MD Anderson and especially keeping strong in her faith in God her battle came to an end. Some might think she was taken too soon, but she was given the extra time in life to make one last creation… designing her daughter’s wedding.
One of her favorite quotes was ‘’Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.’’ By Sonia Ricotti.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday, November 15, 2020 with a Holy Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm at Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen. Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:00 am Monday, November 16, 2020 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in McAllen. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen.
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