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February 28, 2014
Dear Filemon, Ralph, Sylvia,

Your mother was a valiant woman! She loved, she served, and she lead with great integrity, passion and grace. Many people were the recipients of her great work and tenderness.

My community, the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence, out of San Antonio, TX, honored her for her contribution to the world and society.

Blessings and prayers as you go forward knowing you have a saint in heaven advocating for you!

Sister Sofia Berrones, MCDPS
San Jose, CA
February 27, 2014
Ralph , Sylvia , Filo and Rose , accept my condolences as you grieve for your mom ( mother-in-law ) . Most have written about Blanca as a civic leader but I remember Blanca when we were teenagers . We were good friends along with your dad . I've got such happy memories of our time at Southmost which I will always cherish . My last visit with her was when she was running for Mayor . Then our lives took other turns , I moved to Sugar Land so we only spoke by phone several times . I know you have wonderful memories of her and those will live on forever .
May you rest in peace my dear friend ,
With heartfelt sympathy ,
Mitzi
February 24, 2014
While at Texas Southmost College, my best friend was Irma Sanchez, Blanca's younger sister. On occasion, we babysat Filo & Blanca's two sons. I found Blanca to be a great lady full of grace, humility and love. Peace filled the room when she entered it. I am sure she will be greatly missed by her beloved family and friends. God be with you in your time of mourning as He is with her now.
February 23, 2014
I extend my condolences to the Vela family.
May Blanca rest in peace.
"Life ends, but memory lives"----Anonymous
-Gilbert Delgado
February 22, 2014
Our most sincere condolences to the Vela Family.

Dan & Amelia Ortiz
February 22, 2014
In the 80's through my sister Agueda Ramirez Herrera , Celso Infante Garcia and I, Natalia Ramirez Garcia got to join the party group with Blanca Sanchez Vela , and Judge Filemon Vela. Our deepest condolences to your family. It is very hard to loss a family member , but we all have to go at one time . The memories will always be in our hearts and minds. May this great Lady rest in peace. Our deepest condolences to all your family.
February 21, 2014
AS A MEMBER OF THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL PARISH, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO EACH MEMBER OF THE VELA FAMILY ON THE PASSING OF MRS. VELA. THE LATE JUDGE VELA AND MRS VELA ATTENDED MASS AT OUR PARISH ON SUNDAYS. MES VELA WAS A WOMAN OF FAITH - ALWAYS WITH A SINCERE INTEREST IN HELPING OTHERS.

MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.

MRS VIOLA B. GARZA
February 21, 2014
In loving memory of our friendship and collaboration at Frank Roberts School in San Benito, Texas. Our prayers are and will remain with the Family.

Marcella Montalvo
February 21, 2014
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

She was a fine woman.
February 21, 2014
Our most sincerest condolences to the Vela family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless!

Rosie T. Lopez
Weslaco, TX
February 21, 2014
To the family of Blanca Vela, we are so very sorry for your loss.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and the family.
Lovingly,
Carmen Zacarias and James Howell,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
February 21, 2014
On behalf of the Gonzalez Family we extend our most sincere condolences to the family of our beloved friend Blanca Vela. Her service to our community and the State of Texas will always be in our hearts. May the Lord console each of you in your time of sorrow.

Judge Sallie Gonzalez and Family
Justice of the Peace 5-1
Cameron County, Texas
February 21, 2014
Dear Filemon, Ralph, Sylvia, spouses and grandchildren. your beloved mother was a true humanitarian motivated by Gospel values. She not only loved her family and the Rio Grande Valley community, she loved and cared for many beyond the local boundaries.

She was the recipient of the Benitia Humanitarian Award given by the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence of San Antonio for her contributions to humanity and society. She was actively involved in a number of causes within our religious congregation and she will forever be remembered with much love and prayers.

We join the family and the Brownsville community in sorrow as well as in the hope of the Resurrection. Blanca's legacy was one of commitment and sacrifice for others. We pay her great honor if we involve ourselves in her causes within our own communities.

Our love, support and prayers to the Vela Family.

Sister Carmen Therese Lazo, MCDP
Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence
February 21, 2014
Our deepest condolences to the Vela Family. From Rolando "Roli" Gonzalez and family. She was an incredible woman.
February 21, 2014
Our deepest condolences to the family of Mrs.
Vela. May she rest in peace.
February 21, 2014
May our good Lord give you the strength to carry on. Thank you Blanca for the great values and work ethics that you instilled in all of us who had the pleasure of knowing you. RIP!
February 21, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
February 21, 2014
Dear Ralph and Family: I behalf of the Oscar Gonzalez family (Rancho Viejo),may God and HIS word give you peace and the assurance that your beloved Mom is in a better and well deserved place for Her. Regards Oscar A Gonzalez
February 21, 2014
Vela Family, Mary and Socorro, we were sadden to learn that such a wonderful women has passed away. Please accept our condolences.

Blanca was my father's neighbor for many years. When he passed away over ten years ago, I went over to tend to the property and Blanca came over to insist that I join her for lunch. I was very busy, but how could I turn her down? I didn't…I joined her for lunch and spend a wonderful afternoon with Blanca. It was very obvious to me that she loved her family, friends and Brownsville.

I know that she will be greatly missed.

Olvera Family
Maria Guadalupe Olvera Castro
Laura Ribas
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