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Mary Mendoza Obituary
Mary Vela Mendoza, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2012, surrounded by her family. Born on April 13, 1921 in Meyersville, TX, she was raised in Sixth Ward in Houston. She was married to Rudolph G. Mendoza for over 63 years, having five children. She was a homemaker for most of her life, but after her children were grown, she worked for many happy years at Foley's downtown. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and her home was the perennial gathering place every Sunday for her children and their families. She loved to cook for her family and didn't sit down to eat until everyone had been served. She was always there to help anyone in need. Mary attended St. Charles and St. Joseph churches. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph, son, Tony Mendoza, daughter, Yolanda Messa and granddaughter, Julie Castillo. She is survived by her children, Rudolph (Connie), Linda Castillo (John), and Bobby (Paula); 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, sister, Louise Acosta, half-brother and sister, Lucio and Julia Martinez and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 6, 2012, from 5 pm to 9 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale St. with a rosary recited at 6 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 7, at 10 am, at St Joseph Catholic Church, 1505 Kane St. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2013
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