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In the early morning hours of September 3, 2023, the Lord called home our beloved matriarch, Mrs. Teofila "Quata" Rodriguez. Born on July 23, 1938, in the heart of McAllen, Texas, she answered the Lord's call in the same town she had always called home, surrounded by the love and warmth of her family.
Quata was a woman of strength and grace, a pillar of faith and love, who dedicated her life to the well-being of her family. Her life was a living testament to the scripture, "Love is patient, love is kind." She was a devoted wife to her loving husband, Mr. Eleazar D. Rodriguez, for a blessed 68 years of marriage. Their love story was one for the ages, a testament to commitment, patience, and unwavering love.
As a mother to Trinidad, Eloy, Eleazar Jr., Juan Jose, Gabriel, Rigoberto, and Saul, she nurtured and guided her children with a gentle hand and a firm heart. She was preceded in glory by her son Dagoberto, her parents-Juan Isassi and Maria Martinez Isassi; her brother Isidro, and her sister Maria. Her brother Gabriel remains to cherish her memory. Also Eight grandchildren and numerous of great grandchildren.
Quata was a homemaker, a title she wore with pride. She created a home filled with love, laughter, and the aroma of delicious meals. Her home was a sanctuary for her family, a place where everyone was welcome, and no one ever left hungry. She was the heart of her home, and her spirit will continue to live on in the walls of the house she made a home.
Her interests were simple yet profound. She found joy in the laughter and smiles of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cherished family gatherings, where she could be surrounded by the ones she loved most. Her love for her family was boundless, her generosity knew no limits, and her faith was unshakeable.
Quata was a woman of deep faith. She lived her life as a testament to her belief, her actions reflecting the love and grace of her Savior. She was a beacon of light in the lives of those who knew her, her faith serving as a guide for those around her.
She was a woman of many virtues, but the ones that stand out the most were her love, generosity, and faith. She loved with all her heart, gave without expecting anything in return, and believed with a faith that moved mountains. Her life was a sermon, a lesson in love, generosity, and faith.
As we gather to celebrate her life, let us remember Quata for the woman she was. A woman of strength, a woman of faith, a woman of love. Let us remember her laughter, her wisdom, her kindness. Let us remember the love she had for her family, the joy she found in simple pleasures, and the faith that guided her life.
In the words of the good book, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Quata lived her life in service to her family and her faith. She was a good and faithful servant, and now she is at rest. She has fought the good fight, she has finished the race, she has kept the faith.
As we say our final goodbyes, let us remember that this is not the end. For we know that Quata is now in a place where there is no more pain, no more tears, only eternal joy and peace. She is now in the arms of her Savior, watching over us, guiding us, loving us.
And so, we say, until we meet again, dear Quata. Your love, your spirit, your faith will forever live on in our hearts. You have left an indelible mark on our lives, and for that, we are forever grateful. Rest in peace, dear Quata, until we meet again.