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Mary Stella Dias, born in Amphion, Texas on July 23, 1919, to Indalecio Diaz and Eleuteria Cisneros Diaz lived to celebrate her 90th birthday before succumbing to lung cancer on August 12, 2009. She was affectionately called Aunt Stella by her numerous nieces and nephews. Aunt Stella was a proud 1939 graduate of Brackenridge High School and attended Harris Middle School and Hillcrest Elementary. Aunt Stella never missed a day of school and attributed her strong work ethics to her family values and education she received in SAISD. She was an employee of the city where she worked numerous clerical assignments and received recognition for her versatility to fill any position and be persistent about ticket collections. She started her employment at the County Judge's Office on November 8, 1939 and worked for the prominent late Judge Augustus McCloskey in 1941. She retired after 46 years of service to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County in 1985. Aunt Stella also volunteered with the American Red Cross as a "Gray Lady" where she assisted in hospitals during the war. She was preceded in death by her parents Indalecio and Eleuteria Diaz and her siblings Andy Diaz, Tony Diaz, Marie Diaz and Adelina Diaz. She is survived by her siblings Nina Vaughn, Eva Rich, Erasmo Diaz, Angelita Benavides and Eloy Diaz. Aunt Stella did not have any children of her own but showed her love and affection to the many nieces and nephews that will miss her dearly. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sunday, August 16, 2009 with a Rosary being recited at 7:00pm that same evening at Roy Akers Zizik Kearns Funeral Chapels. We will depart the funeral home on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 9:30am for a 10:00 Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Published in Express-News on Aug. 16, 2009