Carmen Lira Acosta, born February 9, 1926 in Houston, Texas, returned to our Lord on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. She passed peacefully in her home in Houston, Texas, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Joe Acosta, their children: Vivian and Eugene Thigpen and Dennis and Cindy Acosta, three grandchildren: James White, Michelle White and Erin Thigpen, and three great grandchildren: Jaclyn, Madeleine and John White, as well as her brother, Sam Lira. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carmen and Jose Lira, three sisters: Ruth Torres, Rosalie Gutierrez and Eva Pearce, and four brothers: Rudy, Edward, Joe and Robert Lira. Carmen graduated from Tarkington Prairie High School in 1944. She devoted her life to the Lord's work. She was a member of Springcrest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, where she served the Lord enthusiastically, teaching Scripture and opening the door of faith to all she touched. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 2, at Brookside Funeral Home. Funeral services and interment will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 3 at Brookside Chapel. Donations may be made in her name to the
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 1, 2011