Agustina Leija Gaitan LUBBOCK- Agustina Leija Gaitan, beloved wife and mother, went to be with the Lord on July 27, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Gaitan was a former long time resident of Lubbock. She had more recently lived in Houston. Ms. Gaitan was born on April 27, 1931 in Cloete, Coahuila, Mexico to Florencio M. Leija and Silvestra Leija Montelongo. She married Manuel G. Gaitan of Sterling City, Texas on Oct. 3, 1953. Mrs. Gaitan dedicated her life to her principal loves, her husband, her children and the study of the Bible. She had a powerful healing touch and her prayer left you feeling peaceful and protected. Surviving loved ones include her spouse of 59 years, Manuel Gonzales Gaitan and her three children and their families: Elsa and Juan Esquivel with grandsons, Daniel and Michael Esquivel of San Antonio; Elvia Gaitan of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Eloy and Cecilia Gaitan, with granddaughter, Victoria, and grandsons, Marcus, Matthew, Jeremy, and Joshua Gaitan of Houston. A rosary service will be held Thursday night, Aug. 1, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Sanders Funeral Home. Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated the following morning at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Martin Pina officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. After the interment services on Friday, the Gaitan family will host family and friends at Jimenez Restaurant at 1217 Crickets Ave. in Lubbock. The family wishes to extend our eternal gratitude to her caregivers, Abby Lares, Irma Perez, Ana Cecilia Palacios, Roxanna Melgar, and Marlo Longoria, for their love and devotion. They could not have asked for better angels to care for her and will be forever in their hearts. The family suggests memorials go to the
. To view memorial tributes and leave your words of encouragement to Agustina's family please visit www.sandersfuneralhome.com. In loving memory to our Mother: I remember thee in this solemn hour, my dear mother. I remember the days when thou didst dwell on Earth, and thy tender love watched over me like a guardian angel. Thou hast gone from me, but the bond which unites our souls can never be severed; thine image lives within my heart. May the merciful Father reward thee for the faithfulness and kindness thou hast ever shown me; may he lift up the light of his countenance upon thee and grant thee eternal peace! Amen. Hebrew Union Prayer Book.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 31, 2013