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OLYMPIA O. PÉNA Obituary
OLYMPIA O. PÉNA McALLEN - Mrs. Olympia O. Peña, 93, of Mission, Texas, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Texas State Veterans Home in McAllen, Texas. She was born on February 12, 1921 in McAllen, Texas to Vicente and Petra Olivares of Sharyland, Texas. She received her RN degree from St. Mary's School of Nursing, Port Arthur, Texas and upon graduation volunteered for WWII duties when the war broke out in the 1940s. After serving as an Officer in the United States Navy, she was honorably discharged and returned to Mission, Texas. She married Humberto R. Peña of Mission, Texas and they produced two sons, Humberto R. Peña and Richard M. Peña. Her husband, Humberto predeceased her in 1964. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Peña worked as an RN in charge of the Pediatric ward at the McAllen Hospital because of her love for children. Mrs. Peña was highly respected and admired because of her nursing skills which she learned from the Catholic Nuns at St. Mary's as well as her training in the Navy during WWII. She raised her sons, educated them and cared for them as a loving and nurturing mother until her death. Mrs. Pena is survived by her two sons and five grandchildren. Humberto married Christina Carter and produced 3 grandchildren, Alexandra, a senior at the University of Mississippi, Philip a sophomore at University of Delaware and Isabel, a senior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. Richard married Kathy Harris and produced 2 grandchildren, Howard, a senior at University of Missouri and Mercedes a senior at Holland Hall, Tulsa, OK. Mrs. Peña was a devoted mother and grandmother who adored her grandchildren took time to be with them as often as possible. The sons and grandchildren loved their mother and grandmother and visited her every year in Texas to spend time with her when she could no longer travel to see the families. Her sons and grandchildren will miss her and pray that she is at peace with God the Father in Heaven. Mrs. Peña was a member of the Damas Catolicas, the Pan American Roundtable, the McAllen International Museum and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mission, Texas. She was an avid bird watcher, enjoyed walking for exercise and cooking for her family. She was an accomplished cook and baker, who kept special recipes and always carried a homemade chocolate cake and lemon cake with her when she visited her sons and grandchildren. In honor of her service to our country, Mrs. Peña will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery as a Veteran of WWII. Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Kreidlerfuneralhome.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on June 3, 2014
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