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In the early morning hours of August 21, 2023, our beloved Yolanda Gonzalez, a radiant soul full of love and faith, was called home by the Lord. Born on a beautiful autumn day, October 31, 1950, in McAllen, Texas, Yolanda spent her formative years under the broad Texas sky, where she developed a deep-rooted love for her community and family. She departed from this earthly realm surrounded by love in Mission, Texas, her spirit now peacefully resting in the arms of the Savior.
Yolanda’s life was a testament to her loving spirit and deep faith. She was a woman of gentle strength, a beacon of love and compassion to all who were blessed to know her. Her life was a living testament to the scripture, "Let all that you do be done in love" (1 Corinthians 16:14). She embraced the world with open arms, her heart full of faith, never hesitating to share her love and kindness with those around her.
Yolanda's journey through life was enriched by the love of her family. She was a devoted mother to her sons, Jaime Gonzalez, Jesus Munoz, Rae Gonzalez, and Chris Gonzalez, and their Loving Daughter's In-Law , Teodora , Cristina , and Barbie. She found immense joy in her role as a grandmother to Aissa L. Gonzalez, Robert Rodriguez, Michael Munoz, Katelyn Munoz, Zoe Gonzalez, Oliver A. Gonzalez, and her great-grandchild, Elijah T. Morales ( AKA Little Man). Her bond with her siblings, Daniel Torres Jr., Arturo Torres, Maria Torres, and Mariselda Mares , and their Spouse’s , Martha, Janie and Delfino, was a source of strength and comfort throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Torres Sr. and Irene Torres; her brothers, Oscar Torres and Pablo Guzman; and her sisters, Dora Morales and Josie Gonzalez. It brings comfort to know that she is reunited with them, basking in the eternal love and peace of our Heavenly Father.
Yolanda served her community faithfully as a pharmacy technician, pouring her heart into her work, providing care and comfort to those in need. Her dedication to her profession was a reflection of her unwavering commitment to serving others, a trait that earned her respect and admiration from her colleagues and patients alike.
Beyond her work, Yolanda had a passion for arts and crafts, finding joy in the simplicity and beauty of creation. She was also known for her love of shopping, always on the hunt for the perfect gift for her loved ones. And who could forget her fondness for Diet Coke, a simple pleasure that brought her immense delight?
In the words of the great evangelist Billy Graham, "Someday you will read or hear that Yolanda Gonzalez is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. She will be more alive than she is now. She will just have changed her address. She will have gone into the presence of God." Yolanda's faith was her guiding light, and it is this faith that is her legacy, a beacon of hope and love that will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those she leaves behind.
Yolanda Gonzalez, a woman of faith, a beacon of love, and a gentle soul, now rests in the arms of our Lord. Her life was a testament to the power of love and faith, and her spirit will continue to inspire those who were blessed to know her. As we remember Yolanda, let us honor her memory by embodying the love and faith that defined her life. Amen.
Visitation for Yolanda will be Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at River Funeral Home,1901 Pecan Blvd in McAllen from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM with a religious service at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at 1:00 pm at the Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mission.
Funeral arrangements and services are being handled by Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen.