Lily Sanchez
1932 - 2020
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Lilia "Lily" Sanchez
Lilia "Lily" Sanchez, 88, born in Houston, Texas on November 3, 1932 to the late Delfina and Manuel Valadez, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2020.
Lily was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Armand Sanchez; sister Victoria Smith; brothers Calistro "Cal," Manuel, Frank, and Pete Valadez. She is survived by her daughter, Yolanda Zermeno and her husband Russell, son Andy Sanchez and his wife Ricci, and son Antone Sanchez and his wife Andrea. She had seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.
When her husband Armand opened Bellaire Shoe Repair in Bellaire, Texas in 1966, Lily was his bookkeeper, accountant, and confidant. Together they turned that business into a phenomenal success for more than 50 years. She and Armand also loved music, and were prolific dancers. The dance floor would clear as they rose from their seats and joined hands to dance.
Just as Lily contributed her extraordinary financial and organizational skills to help her husband's business, she also served in this role to several Houston legends of the music industry. She worked alongside Herb Brochstein as he started the Pro Mark Drumsticks dynasty in the U.S., and was his right hand as he grew the company to become the #1 distributor of drumsticks in the world.
When she began working at the legendary Brook Mays, she became the liaison of Houston's music scene for all of Mexico's international stars, including Pablo Beltran Ruiz, Jose Jose, Juan Gabriel, and many others.
She also worked alongside Paul Bosch as she assisted him in bringing Mexico's most athletic wrestlers to the U.S. wrestling scene. She was the interpreter for Mr. Bosch and Houstonians and worked by his side during the Houston Wrestling broadcasts. These wrestlers included El Medico, El Santo, Rito Romero, and Sugi Sito.
Lily adored her family and enjoyed spending time with all of them. Some of her favorite memories were from family events, grilling by the pool, and watching her children and grandchildren enjoy each other. She also had extended family in Mexico, whom she loved to visit several times a year.
A private memorial service will be held for the family, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Lily was one of a kind and will forever be truly missed.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 26, 2020.
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April 22, 2020
I will never forget dear Lily and the good times we had at Brockstein Music. She was a one-of-a-kind gal. Rest in peace, Lily......(Say "hi" to Howard and Herb" up there.)
Darla Jones
March 30, 2020
Yolie, My deepest sympathy on the lost of your mom. She and your dad will always have a place in my heart for them. My prayers are with you at this time. Your friend forever, Gloria Vargas Montemayor-Rodriguez
March 27, 2020
Grandma, we shared a laugh a couple weeks ago when the words, I carry you came around full circle. Looking back, I see we always did.
March 26, 2020
Our condolences to the family. We love you Tia❤
Eddie & Rita Cortez
March 26, 2020
Dearest Yoli, I can't even begin to express how my heart aches for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Aunt Lily will be missed.
Pat Villemarette
March 26, 2020
My deepest condolences to my cousin and all the family . I will miss you. Annett Valadez
March 26, 2020
Aunt Lily even though I did not visit and call very much you were always in my heart and mind. We all will miss u RIP.
Annett Valadez
March 26, 2020
Dear Yolanda, Russell and Family, my deepest condolences, God in Jesus Name surround you with his Love and Peace.
Virginia Benavides
March 26, 2020
I love you mom. You are going to be missed more than you'll ever know.
Antone Sanchez
March 26, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Sanches family. You are in our Thoughts and Prayers.

Robert Valadez and Family.
Robert Valadez
March 26, 2020
My deepest sympathies. May the God of all comfort strengthen the entire family during this time of sorrow. Always remember that God keeps in his memory those whom we lose because they are precious in his eyes. (Psalms 116:15)
S Chambers
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