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Maria Antonia Cedillo
Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Maria Antonia Cedillo, was welcomed into heaven on Friday, February 21, 2014.
Born August 29, 1928 in San Buenaventura, Coahuila, Mexico, she came to San Antonio with her husband and children in 1956. The original plan was to continue on to Los Angeles, where our father had a job waiting. Realizing they had traveled one full day already, and considering that to be too great a distance from her parents, brother, and sisters, she expressed her confidence to our father that he could find work anywhere, and San Antonio became home.
The family owned and operated La Fama Bakery on the city's West Side for a quarter century. Our mother was an accomplished baker and known for her beautifully decorated cakes and pastries. Her wedding , quinceañera, and Mother's Day cakes became status symbols on the West Side, ensuring the financial success of the business.
La Fama Bakery was an enterprise that required the participation of the entire family, and the seven children witnessed every day the work ethic that transformed the family from struggling immigrants to an embodiment of the American Dream. She loved this country, embracing citizenship and voting in every election after obtaining it, taking great pleasure in allowing candidates she supported to put up campaign signs on the bakery fence and turning away those she disliked.
She believed in education, so much so that each of the seven children could manage the entire business in their teens, but were not allowed to work the dough. Appreciating the honor and dignity of manual labor, she nonetheless desired that her children not earn their livings with their hands. As a child in Mexico she completed 6th grade, and could only dream of continuing her education at the Catholic school in Monclova. She promised herself that each of her children would receive a Catholic education and that all would attend college. Her three daughters are graduates of Providence High School and her four sons are proud graduates of Holy Cross High School. To date, her children and grandchildren have brought her degrees from St. Mary's University, Trinity University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Creighton University, and De Paul University.
She came to be known as "Ata," a grandson's early pronunciation of "abuelita." Ata was the heart and soul of our family. She gathered us at her home every Sunday for breakfast, fulfilling her desire to keep her family close. Sunday breakfasts were a time for us to laugh, tell stories, celebrate birthdays, and most importantly start our week with the reinforcement of her love and the love we have for each other. It is a cherished family tradition we will continue in her honor.
Our mother was a devout Catholic and an active member of the Guadalupanas of St. Luke's Catholic Church, the St. Luke's Altar Society, and Project Lawrence, a program delivering care packages to active military personnel. She was devoted to the Carmelite Sisters and frequently visited bearing gifts of baked goods and pastries. Archbishop Patricio Flores would stop what he was doing at the Chancery to receive her empanadas and semitas and she continued to deliver to him at his nursing home for many years.
She loved to travel. In her last 15 years she enjoyed visits to New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Cancun, Cozumel, Mexico City, and Caribbean cruises. At home she enjoyed music, spending time with her friends and family and frequent celebrations at Mi Tierra, La Margarita, and especially Paesano's Lincoln Heights where Joe and the staff treated her like royalty. Her favorite pastime however was the Friday afternoon lotería games at her home with her many comadres and St. Luke's Guadalupanas.
She learned to bake, knit and crochet at an early age and she shared her talents with loved ones. The nurseries of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been graced by the knitted blankets and baby clothing lovingly made by her hands. For the past 10 years, she knitted and donated baby blankets and baby caps for the NICU at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rodolfo Cedillo, parents Apolonia Martinez Trujillo and Pablo Gonzalez Garcia, infant daughter Maria del Carmen, and her sister Arcelia Gonzalez de Rodriguez.
She is survived by her children Otila Albrecht (Richard), Maria Antonia Sorola (Sylvestre) of Del Rio, TX, Rodolfo (Melinda) of Boerne, TX, Ricardo, Rebecca Quintanilla Cedillo, Carmelita, Angel (Lisa), and Eduardo (Fabiola); grandchildren Liliana Puype (Eric) of Boise, ID, Melissa Sorola, René Sorola (Marissa) of Houston, TX, Carlos Armando, Miguel Rodolfo, Daniel Ricardo, Raquel Valeria, Marcos Andres, Angel Eduardo, Marisela, Valeria, and Eduardo; and great-grandchildren Carolina, Luke, Sophia, Stella, and Sebastian. She is also survived by her brother Juan Pablo Gonzalez Martinez, and her sisters Maria del Refugio Gonzalez Martinez and Minerva Gonzalez Martinez, and numerous nieces and nephews in San Buenaventura, Coah., Monclova, Coah., and Monterrey, N. L.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Francis Mueller and his dedicated staff who cared for our mother for the past 7 years and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26th at Porter Loring on McCullough.
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Interment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery III. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to the Children's Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, 100 NE Loop 410, Suite 706, San Antonio, TX, 78216, www.santarosafoundation.org.
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Published in Express-News from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2014