SAN ANGELO Refujia "Cuca" Torres Meza was born on Sept. 24, 1922, in El Remolino, municipio de Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico. She was called to her home in heaven on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Refujia married Pedro Meza Sr. on June 2, 1942; they were married for 62 years. In 1959, Refujia and seven of her eight children left their home in Mexico and traveled to the United States to join her husband in Sanderson, Texas, where he had been working for numerous years. The family moved to San Angelo in 1964, where they settled and raised their family. Refujia was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Pedro Meza Sr.; her eldest child, Pedro; her grandsons, Raymond Meza II, Jaime Sanchez and Daniel Ortiz; and her 11 brothers and sisters. Mrs. Meza is survived by her children, Rosa Sanchez of Spade, Texas, Pedro Meza Jr. and wife Maria, Delfina Ortiz and husband Rolando, Vicente Meza and wife Tony, Jose Luis Meza and wife Nora, Robert Meza and wife Delia, Raymond Meza and wife Norma and Sylvia Martinez and husband Federico. Also surviving Mrs. Meza are 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. As an old Mexican tradition it was expected that the eldest or the youngest of the family would care for the parents in their old age. However in this family the wish of Mr. and Mrs. Meza to stay in their home until the end was fulfilled by all of their children. The primary caregiver of the children was their youngest daughter Sylvia. For the past 20 years, Sylvia ensured that the needs of her parents were taken care of. After the passing of Mr. Meza 10 years ago, the needs of caring for their mother became greater and Sylvia incorporated the help of her brothers and sisters. Mrs. Meza took comfort in seeing her children on a daily basis. Her sons and daughters dropped in on her morning noon and night, one was always coming or going. Refujia was a devoted wife and mother and took pride in raising her family. Ask any member of her family and they will each swear that she made the best tamales in the world. Pallbearers will be Vince Meza, Timothy Meza, Joe Meza Jr., Joe Sanchez, Jaime Sanchez Jr., James Prater and Hilario Gonzales. The family wishes to give a special thanks to Margarita Guerrero, Margarita Sandoval; and a special niece, Maria Gonzales for the loving care they provided to Mrs. Meza and the Meza family. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Walter Hewell and Kathy Osborne with Gentiva Hospice. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Robert Massie Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at St Joseph Catholic Church with Father Emilio Sosa officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Raymond T. Meza II scholarship. Donations can be mailed to San Angelo Area Foundation, the Raymond T. Meza II Scholarship, 221 S. Irving St. San Angelo, TX 76903. Cuca's online obituary and memorial guestbook may be viewed online at robertmassie.com.
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Published in GoSanAngelo from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2014