Alicia (“Alice”) Gonzales Carrillo, 95, of Abilene, died on Sunday, October 7, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. She breathed her last breath peacefully and painlessly and passed into the arms of her Heavenly Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She moved to Arlington this year to be closer to family and was living in the home of her granddaughter, Alicia Soto Flores.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 11th at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 12th, at 10:00 am, also at Elmwood Funeral Home, to be followed by a brief graveside service at Elmwood Memorial Park. Pastor Jasper McClellan will officiate.
Alicia was born on June 23, 1923, in Abilene, Texas to Victoriano and Grabiela Gonzales. She was the youngest and last-surviving of 13 siblings. As a young woman, she worked with her mother and sisters at the Gonzales family restaurant serving railroad workers and military servicemen. Later, she worked as a maid/housekeeper for many years and then as homemaker. She married Bernardo Carrillo in 1956 and they shared their lives together for 53 years until he died in 2010. She and her husband Bernardo attended St. Vincent’s Catholic Church.
Her first-born son, Manuel Soto, pre-deceased her in 2009. She is survived by her son, Victor G. Carrillo and wife Joy of Rockwall, Texas. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren: Alicia “Lise” Soto Flores and husband Joe, of Arlington, Texas; Michael Soto and wife Kristy, of Abilene; Michelle Soto Ramirez and husband Joe, of Abilene; Jessica Soto of Arlington; Robert Soto and wife Tessa of Arlington; Melissa Soto Kellum and husband Jamaal of Arlington; Matthew Soto of California; Laura Carrillo Taylor and husband Adam, of Kaufman, Texas; Christina Carrillo Hubacek and husband Jared, of Mesquite, Texas; and Grace Carrillo, of Rockwall.
A caring and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt (known affectionately as “Tia Lisa”), Alicia will be dearly missed but never forgotten by her family and friends.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25
Dear Victor and Joy and family,
May the Lord comfort you all during this sad time of loss but also give you joy in knowing where your mother is now safe in our Lord's presence.
Carolyn Sue WaldenAbilene, TX
Dearest friends, thinking of you with special prayers and love as you face this day, remembering from my own same experiences so many of the conflicting emotions and challenge you face. May His special strength and grace be with you, as is the loving support of us surrounding you -
Virginia ArmstrongAbilene, TX
Alice treat me like I'm her very own daughter than a daughter-in law for so many years. She was a gentle person who love and care for her family. She do anything for her two sons and worked hard for them so they could have a better life. She also had a good joyful life with her sisters and brothers. They celebrated birthdays and holidays together with music and good foods. She was the best cook on this side of the border and loves to host a big feast for the whole family. Alice, you have been a good MOM to me, I will missed you dearly. I know you are happy now with your loving family in heaven. May Jesus be with you forever.
Bessie MastenSan Diego, CA