Maria Elena Mata LUBBOCK-Funeral services for Maria Elena Mata, 88, of Lubbock will be on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Guajardo Funeral Chapels with the Rev. Justo Gonzalez officiating. Interment will be in Peaceful Gardens Cemetery. Evening services will be tonight at 7 p.m. at Guajardo Funeral Chapels. Mrs. Mata passed away peacefully on Dec. 12, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born April 29, 1924, to Martin and Maria Rios in Tivoli, Texas. She married Cecilio Villalon; he passed at an early age. She married Frank Mata on Aug. 4, 1948, and he has been waiting for her arrival in heaven since June 10, 1997. Maria Elena was born in south Texas and settled in Lubbock in 1957. She enjoyed cooking, and her biggest passion was helping those less fortunate. She was a member of Templo Bethel CLADIC. Survivors include her children, Daniel (Elena) Villalon of La Feria, Julia Villalon of Lubbock, Lydia Mata (Marcos) Casanova of Corsicana, Steve (Lucia) Mata of Lubbock, and Gilbert A. (Sabina) Mata of Asheville, N.C. Also left to continue her memory are her 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 14, 2012