Elizabeth M. Herrera, 89, gracefully passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, in Abilene, Texas, surrounded by her loved ones. She leaves behind a legacy of love, faith, and unwavering dedication to her family and community. A visitation to celebrate her life will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at Elmwood Funeral Home, located at 5750 Hwy 277 South. The funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 28, 2023, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel.
Born in the vibrant city of Corpus Christi, Texas, Elizabeth was welcomed into the world by her parents Santiago and Guadalupe Martinez on April 14, 1934. She grew up with a sense of purpose and a passion for learning, graduating from Roy Miller High School with a determination that would shape her future endeavors.
Guided by her father's noble calling, Elizabeth's family relocated to Abilene when he accepted a position as a minister at the Graham Street Church of Christ. It was during this time that Elizabeth's strong connection to her faith blossomed. She poured her heart into her studies, enrolling at ACC for college, where she embarked on a journey of selfdiscovery and intellectual growth. While at ACC Liz had the honor to play for the women's basketball team. And during this time Liz met her beloved Paul J Herrera, they were married in 1955. Out of this union they had Debra Jean, Priscilla Dianne, Mary Elizabeth and Paul Edward.
After completing her education, Elizabeth pursued a career as a dedicated physical therapist working at Abilene State Supported Living Center for 29 years. Her caring touch and compassionate nature left a lasting impact on the lives she touched through her work. Beyond her professional achievements, Elizabeth had an insatiable love for sports, with a special place in her heart for the Dallas Cowboys.
However, Elizabeth's most profound devotion lay within her church community. She was an active member of the South 11th and Willis Church of Christ. Her commitment to her faith and the relationships she formed within the church were a testament to her kind and nurturing spirit.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Herrera Sr.; her daughter, Debra Jean Rodriguez; and four siblings, Priscilla Martinez, Mary Lou Valente, Phoebe McBride, and Jimmy Martinez.
Elizabeth is survived by four children, Paul Herrera Sr. and his wife Arlene; Marie Herrera of Abilene; Priscilla Reese and her husband Ron of Arlington, TX; and Eunice Herrera-Cerda and her husband Kirby of San Angleo, TX. Grandchildren Sherry Rodriguez of Indiana; Anglecia and Rubia Rodriguez of Ft. Worth, TX; James Reece, Catherine Reese and Alex Attallah of Arlington, TX; Matthew, Mark and Mario Herrera of Abilene; Cynthia Herrera of Abilene and Paula LeMarr of OK and several great grandchildren; four siblings, Ruth Magana of Corpus Christi, Tx; Eunice Arriaga of San Antonio, TX; Benjamin Martinez of California; Ruben Martinez San Antonio, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Elizabeth M. Herrera's life was one marked by love, faith, and an unwavering commitment to her family, friends, and community. She leaves behind cherished memories that will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew her. As we gather to celebrate her life and mourn her passing, let us remember the indelible mark she left on the world around her.