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Mary Lou Matamoros was born to Servando and Zenona Santos Ortiz in Houston, TX. She was preceded in death by her son James Matamoros; brothers, Robert, Sam, Arthur and Tony Ortiz. Survived by her sisters, Minerva Moreno, Esther Casares (Frank), Ana Flores; half-brothers, Edward, Ernest, Jimmy Joe, Danny, Ralph and Ray Ortiz; children, Mary Ann Prado (Rick), Arthur Matamoros (Carol), Diana Saldivar; grandchildren, Stacy Clough (Ted), Melissa Ortega (Robert Miranda), John Matamoros (Gracie), Marissa Howard (Ray), Raymond Matamoros and Richard Saldivar, Jr.; 7 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren, beloved nieces and nephews. Mary Lou was 8 yrs. old when her mother died and their grandmother (Maria De La Rosa Santos) raised her and her siblings. When Mary Lou was in the 10th grade at Sam Houston High School- Houston, her grandmother died, and she had to quit school to become the "woman" of the house: cleaning, cooking, and caring for the others. She went on to complete her GED at the age of 53 and was even able to complete a few college credits while at Harris County Juvenile Probation Department where she worked for 12 1/2 years before retiring. Mary Lou was a Native Houstonian for 75 years and an involved parishioner of Resurrection Catholic Church, where she actively volunteered. She ironed clothes for the teachers to pay for the tuition while all 4 children attended school there, and later worked as the part time librarian at Resurrection School. Her natural love of sports and the outdoors led her to hold a job at the city of Houston's Summer Programs for 5 years and, in later years, also participated in the senior Olympics Volleyball Team. She was a Lifetime member of the VFW-Post 8930 Ladies Auxiliary, in Denver Harbor. She was Director of Volunteers at the VA Hospital in Houston for 6 years. Her love of volunteerism did not end when she moved to San Antonio in 2004. She immediately became an active member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and an active volunteer of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Ann's and at Haven for Hope campus with St. Vinny's Bistro. Her favorite part was working in the food pantry and dispensing lunches to the homeless. Special thanks to Frankee, her friend and caregiver and her family; Sia for her many hours of loving care and assistance; Morningside Manor Vitas Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Ann's Conference 210 St . Ann St. San Antonio, Texas 78201. Visitation will begin 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2012 with a 7:00 p.m. rosary to be recited at Trevino Funeral Home, 226 Cupples Rd. San Antonio, TX. Service will continue at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Houston, TX.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 10, 2012