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Maria Rita Fernandez born on June 10 1933 in Pharr, TX, went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2014 at the age of 81. She is preceded in death by her parents, Felix Salinas and Christina Apolinar; her husband of numerous years, Roel Ruiz Fernandez, and her sister, Rosalinda Hernandez. She leaves behind her daughters, Dahlia Rios and husband, Juan, Yolanda Pedraza, Christina Fernandez and Cynthia Martinez; brothers, Matias Salinas and wife, Elida, and Felix Salinas and wife, Olivia; 14 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; numerous extended family and friends. Maria was a wonderful mother and had a very special love for her grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor and a strong character with a straightforward way of expressing her opinion. She was a generous and caring person who would help anyone in need. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts and especially liked playing bingo. Her presence in our lives will be dearly missed. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 P.M. in the Hillcrest Chapel. Officiating the Service will be her grandsons, James Andrew Rios and Jason Michael Rios. Procession will depart Hillcrest on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:45 A.M. for interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements with
Hillcrest Funeral Home - SAN ANTONIO
1281 Bandera Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78228
Published in Express-News on Aug. 17, 2014