HARLINGEN, TX.- Our mother, Aurora "Rhodie" C. Gaytan-Ayala passed away to be with the Lord on Friday, November 9, 2012.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Porfirio Ayala; grandmother, Aurora E. Salazar; aunt, Concepcion Eliseo; her parents, and one brother.
Aurora is survived by her children, Yvette Nance Salmeron (Ed), Roberto Gaytan Jr. (Anna), Rose Mary Ayala (John Anthony), Conrado Porfirio Ayala, & Melissa Ayala Walker (Robert); grandchildren, Kimberly Lozano, Kassandra Lozano, Roberto "Robby" Gaytan III, Carolina Paloma Gonzalez, John Anthony Gonzalez III, Joey Ayala, Michael Ayala, Brian Ayala, Isaiah Lewis Walker, Cameron James Walker, Amaris Skye Walker, Roy Arturo Infante, and TJ Garcia; great grandchildren, Uzziah Able Cazares; brothers and sisters, Arturo Prado, Rudy Cardenas, Espy Garcia, and one sister and two brothers from Tampico, Mexico; nieces, Amanda Cardenas & Ashley Cardenas; nephew, Rudy Cardenas III; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Roberto Gaytan Jr., Conrado Porfirio Ayala, Rudy Cardenas, John Anthony Gonzalez, Eduardo Torres Jr., and TJ Garcia.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Ayala, Alfredo Ayala, Roberto "Robby" Gaytan III, Roy Arturo Infante, Adalberto "Beto" Mata, Rudy Cardenas III, & Willie Arias.
Aurora "Rhodie" Gaytan-Ayala was a life time resident of Harlingen, Texas, raised by her grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, friends, and her beloved dog, "Princess." She will be remembered as a woman of strong faith, strong values, and can be best described as a woman who had a strong way of Always living life to the fullest!
Her motto was "Everything Happens for a Purpose," and that "Family is Everything!" She had a heart of gold and enjoyed music, dancing, laughing, cooking, and family gatherings. Rhodie will be missed by many, and will be best remembered for her grand personality, her many catch phrases, and the love she had for everyone she knew as her family and friends.
Our family would like to give a special thanks and blessings to Joe Ayala, Rachel Ayala, Myrta Ayala-Garza, and Trinity Funeral Home for their strong support in this difficult time.
Visitation will be held today, November 15, 2012 from 9am to 9pm with a prayer of the holy rosary at 7pm at Trinity Funeral Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with interment to follow to Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in La Feria.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity at Harrison Funeral Home 1002 East Harrison Avenue Harlingen, Texas 78550 (956)364-2444.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Nov. 15, 2012