SAN ANGELO Manuela "Nellie" G. Alvarez, 86, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Robert Massie Funeral Home chapel. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Deacon Roy Ibarra officiating with burial to follow in Miles Cemetery. Arrangements are with Robert Massie Funeral Home. Manuela was born on Sept. 28, 1926, in Morelos, Coahuila, Mexico, to Fortunato and Catarina Galvan. She was a very loving and caring person and touched everyone's heart that she met. She had the smile of an angel that no one would ever forget. Manuela found the love of her life, Domingo Alvarez, and married him in 1942. They lived in Mertzon, Texas, for many years and then moved to Miles, Texas. She then lost her husband in 1980. She was a nursing assistant in San Angelo for many years and she also worked at the Miles Opera House for six years. She was known as "grandma" to everyone. She enjoyed all her grandkids and loved them with all her heart. She enjoyed traveling to Mexico every opportunity she had. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fortunato and Catarina Galvan; sons Robert and Andres Alvarez; and her husband, Domingo Alvarez. Survivors include her daughter, Catarina Aguliar and son-in-law Juan Antonio Aguilar of Miles, Texas; granddaughter that she helped raise, Maria Arteaga (Art) of San Angelo, Texas; Marta Contereras (Armando) of Del Rio, Texas; grandson Jesse Aguilar (Geneva) of Miles, Texas; and granddaughters Patricia Chappa (Frank) of San Angelo, Texas; and Carmen Aguilar of Miles, Texas. She is also survived by her brothers, Francisco Galvan (Lidia) of Eagle Pass, Texas, and Fortunato Galvan of Morelos, Coahuila, Mexico; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the 4 South and ER staff at Shannon Medical Center, Dr. Demory, Dr. McCloy, the transit bus staff that always helped her and Odyssey Hospice. A big thank you to all the staff along with the great friends she met at the Shannon Dialysis at St. John's Campus.
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Published in GoSanAngelo from January 19 to January 20, 2013