Margarita A. Valdez, 96, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at a local care center.
Visitation for family and friends and a time for sharing and celebrating Margaritas life will be Friday, January 4, 2008, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Luis Valdez officiating; interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.
Margarita was born in Moran, Texas on May 1, 1911 to Ignacio and Mary Reyes Martinez Alcala. She married Elias Valdez and together they raised 10 children and a granddaughter. In the early 40s she became a member of the Assembly of God Church and served for many years as the president of the womens ministry of the Wichita Falls section. After moving to Abilene she became active working with the elderly in the community.
She is survived by six sons, Ignacio Valdez and wife, Lupe, Jesse Valdez, Pete Valdez, Miguel Valdez and wife, Mary, Luis Valdez and wife, Tessie, and Daniel Valdez and wife, Esther; three daughters, Petra Gonzalez and husband, Benito, Esther Ballew and Mary Baker and husband, Boyce; granddaughter, Sylvia Valdez and husband, Juan; sister, Aurora Flores and husband, Luis; 36 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and a few great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elias Valdez in 1989, two daughters, Angelica Valdez infant, and Pauline Silva; daughter-in-law, Petranila Valdez; son-in-law, Raul Silva; two grandchildren, Janet Valdez and David Valdez; and two great-grandchildren, Jeremy Gonzalez and Erin Garcia.
We arrived in Abilene Friday, Jan. 4th. That night I had a beautiful dream and in that dream I was driving in a car with a young passanger that I can not make clear. I was searching for a place that your voice told me that I would find. You went on telling me that I would know when I have found it becuase it is the most beautiful thing that only certain eyes can see. So as my young passanger and I are driving down this highway, we begin passing up dull gray buildings. As each building passes, my passenger asks me if that is the place. I always replied, No she told me I will KNOW when I see it. As we approach an incline in the highway, I noticed a glow coming from above. As I reached the peak, to my left was the most prettiest view ever. There was a huge sun giving off the most gold, yellow, and organge colors I have ever seen. The brightness was lite to my eyes unlike here in the realworld. At the base of this sun was a valley that sparkled with such glitterness and in the middle of the sun stood a figure. I was not visible who it was, but in my dream I knew it was you and you were waving with both arms in the air and you were young, I felt that you were young. Then your voice said to me, You have found it but now is not your time, you will have to come back soon.... and then I woke up.
Crystal ValdezHouston, TX
Grandma, just wanted to say Hi, and that we will always love you and will be thinking of you until we see you again.
Gabriel ValdezHouston, TX