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Our loving mother, Thelma Yolanda Perez, born on the 18th day of March, in the year of our Lord 1947, in the humble town of Kingsville, Texas, departed from this earth on the 19th of July, 2023, in the bustling city of Houston, Texas. She was a woman of great faith and heart, whose life was called upon by our heavenly father.
The daughter of Felix and Petra Martinez, Thelma was a beacon of light in their lives, as she was in the lives of all who knew her. She was a beloved sister to Camelia Chapa, a role she cherished and played with grace and compassion. Thelma was a loving mother to her sons, Joe and Felix, and her daughter-in-law, Shellie Perez. Her love extended to her grandchildren, Dylan, Maya, Maddox, who brought immense joy and vitality to her life. She had a strong bond with her nieces, Cami Chapa and Cissie Medina, as they were dear to her heart.
Thelma's intellect and ambition led her to A&I Kingsville, after high school in Alice, Tx, where she pursued a major in Mathematics. This academic journey instilled in her a love for numbers, a love that would guide her professional path. She served as a loan officer for Chase Bank, an endeavor in which she excelled. Thelma's entrepreneurial spirit later led her to establish her own mortgage lending company in McAllen, Texas. This venture was a testament to her dedication, resilience, and passion for her work.
A woman of many interests, Thelma was a well-rounded individual who lived life to its fullest. She had a deep love for sports, a testament to her competitive spirit and love for camaraderie. Her faith was a cornerstone of her life' she was a devout Catholic whose faith guided her actions and decisions. Thelma's love for her grandchildren was unparalleled; spending time with them was a source of great joy for her. Her penchant for playing the lottery was well-known, a harmless vice that brought her much excitement and anticipation.
Thelma wa sa woman of many virtues. She was loving, always extending her warmth and care to those around her. She was thoughtful, always considering the feelings and need of others. Her faith was unwavering, a testament to her strong Catholic upbringing. To speak of Thelma is to speak of love, of thoughtfulness, of faith-filled living. She was a woman who loved deeply, thought profoundly, and lived her faith with conviction. She was a beacon of light in the lives of those who knew her, a beacon that will continue to shine even in her absence.
Thelma Yolanda Perez, a woman of faith, a woman of heart, has bid us farewell. But in our hearts, she lives on , her spirit as vibrant as ever. We mourn her loss, but we celebrate her life, a life lived with love, thoughtfulness, and faith. Farewell, dear Thelma. May your soul find eternal peace and happiness in the kingdom of Heaven.
Special thanks to pallbearers chosen to help carry her to her next life include: Joe M Perez III, Feliz E Perez, Dylan Perez, Manny Rodriguez, Frank Franz, Robert Leyja, Ned Degollado, Matthew Bragg; Honorary Pallbearers: Tony Aguirre and Willie Aguirre.
Visitations will be held from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm Thursday, July 27, 2023 at Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen with the Holy Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, July 28, 2023 at Holy Spirit Church in McAllen. Interment will follow at 12:00 pm Friday, July 28, 2023 at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen.