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Elena Hope Arenas was born on July 26, 2012 and was granted her angel wings on September 23, 2012 following a life long illness. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Elena touched so many lives, throughout her short, yet very memorable life. Elena is survived by her loving parents Elisabeth Machuca and Justin Arenas of Converse, TX; sister Mariah Gomez; brothers Emery Arenas, Cylas Arenas, Joel Gomez and Christopher Gavin. Maternal grandparents Martha & Jose Machuca of Temple, TX; paternal grandparents Margie & Hilberto Arenas of Schertz, TX and Erika Ryan of Converse, TX. Aunts Cecilia (Mike) Onofre of San Antonio, TX, Victoria Machuca and Ashley Machuca of Converse, TX and Uncles Christopher Arenas and Adam Arenas of Converse, TX; along with numerous loving cousins.
Elena leaves behind many wonderful caregivers that provided love and support to her. Elena and her family's love are extended to all the nurses, doctors and staff at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital. The family also extends a special thank you to Any Baby Can and HEB for their help and support in our time of need. With Elena's courage she has led us all to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories.
Visitation and Rosary will take place on Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 9am at Chapel Hill Funeral Home 7735 Gibbs Sprawl Rd., San Antonio, TX 78239. Graveside services immediately following.
Published in Express-News on Sept. 25, 2012