Mayeli Elizabeth Sabala took her last final exam Monday, May 20th, 2013, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.|
She left us peacefully surrounded by family and friends and is now jumping and dancing in the presence of the Lord. Mayeli was due to graduate from the University of Texas-Pan American with a degree in Political Science with a minor in English this past semester but was unable to finish the semester due to her failing health and the complications of Lupus.
Her lifelong dream was to graduate and to attend law school to become an immigration Attorney. Mayeli was actively involved helping undocumented students to come out of the shadows and help prepare and submit paperwork to legalize their status under the DREAM Act.
She was a member of the Delta Xi Nu Sorority at UTPA actively pursuing changes in society to help make this a better world. She was a champion for battered women and the disabled. She was active in her church and in local politics seeking changes in laws and ordinances to make playgrounds accessible to "all" children. She traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the People to People Program meeting with and befriending other students from around the world. As a Lupus patient she was also involved in Lupus Awareness programs.
Mayeli was a ray of sunshine to everyone who knew her. Her smile was contagious and she was an inspiration to others when they could see how she worked through her disabilities and constant pain. Mayeli made us laugh. Her Facebook page will be a lasting tribute to Mayeli, as to who she was and the impact she made in the world. She left us too soon, but she knew her time here was limited. She lived her life to the fullest but in the end fell short of her goal of attending law school.
She joins her birth parents in death survived by her adoptive parents, Victor and Frances Sabala; brothers, Brian (Venesa), Benjamin and Jordan Ismael (Nancy); sisters, Cathy (Sean) and Christa (AJ); and her grandparents, Victor and Andrea. In addition there are nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Andrew, Matthew, Nicolas, Jeremy, Brenna and Sofia; five uncles; three aunts; and numerous cousins.
Thanks to all the medical personnel that were involved in caring for Mayeli. Special thanks to the staff at the MICU in Harlingen for helping the family through the difficult moments of her life. Thanks too to her God Parents Jack and Letty Schieber, her Tia Terry Frizzell and Paula Gomez for their endless support. Thanks also to all those that were a part of her life, Ana, Delma, Patty, Olga, Roxanne, Chris, Sebastian, Mary, Melissa, her sorority sisters and brothers and everyone that let Mayeli be a part of their lives.
A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on June 1st at St Mary's Church in Brownsville, Texas.
Burial will be at a later date at the Rio Grande Valley Veterans Cemetery in Mission, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in Brownsville Herald on May 26, 2013