Leonor Hernandez Villarreal
1942 - 2020
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Leonor Hernandez Villarreal

Corpus Christi - Leonor Hernandez Villarreal, age 78, passed away July 24, 2020, due to complications from heart disease and congestive heart failure. She was born March 30, 1942, in Robstown, TX, to Alvaro and Anita Hernandez, who preceded her in death along with her two brothers, Hector Hernandez and Rene Hernandez. She was married to her childhood sweetheart, Marin Villarreal Jr., on June 2, 1962. Leonor began her career in court reporting shortly thereafter. In 1979, she founded Certified Reporting Service. As a tenacious female minority business owner, she overcame social stigmas of race and gender to quickly expand. In 1987, she asked her husband to join her and became Certified Reporting and Video. Over the next several decades, she contributed to the profession by teaching others in her industry, serving as a state representative for The Texas Court Reporters Association and mentoring many female professional court reporters who remain in the industry to this day. In 2009, Marin and Leonor decided to retire and sold the company. Over the years, she was not only a successful business woman, she also managed to raise 3 children, was an avid adventurer and enjoyed traveling across the United States on the back of their Harley Davidson. She had a zest for life, enjoyed interacting with people and was loved by all.

Leonor is survived in death by her husband, Marin, and her children and their spouses, Tracy and Becky Villarreal, Mark and Tanna Villarreal and Karl and Lisa Whitmire, along with six grandchildren, Hayley Villarreal, April Villarreal, Will Villarreal, Ethan Crain, Emma Villarreal, and Robyn Crain. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters and their spouses, Elizabeth and Frank Garcia, Lilia and Carlos Hernandez, Carlos and Ava Hernandez, Ruben and Maxine Hernandez, Bertha and Mike Roldan, and Sylvia and Johnny Lopez.

Viewing to be held from 6pm to 9pm with a rosary to be recited at 7pm that evening at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown, Texas. Please join us in celebrating her life with a Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 01, 2020 at 10am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown, Texas.

Arrangements Entrusted To:

Ramon Funeral Home, Inc.

800 Lincoln Ave.

Robstown, Texas 78380

(361) 387-4051




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Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Jul. 27 to Jul. 29, 2020.
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August 1, 2020
I had the privilege if working many years with Leonor who was my “go to” court reporter- Leonor was always very professional and caring always wanting to know how your family was doing-my sincere thoughts to Marin & the family for your loss
Andy Lehrman
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August 1, 2020
I had the privilege if working many years with Leonor who was my “go to” court reporter- Leonor was always very professional and caring always wanting to know how your family was doing-my sincere thoughts to Marin & the family for your loss
Andy Lehrman
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August 1, 2020
Andy Lehrman
Acquaintance
August 1, 2020
Leonor was a lovely person inside and out. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tawnya Evans
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July 30, 2020
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Veronica Villarreal
July 30, 2020
Leonor, I will miss you!! You hired me in 1984 when I was 16 in high school. We spend everyday together and after I graduated we were really together all day long everyday. You were a true an inspiration to me of the strong women you were building a big business. I remember moving your office from Gollihar to Everhart to your beautiful custom built offices in American Bank uptown. It was huge and impressive. We were so close and you were a second mom to me. From 16 to 22, you raised me as I grew and changed so much. Although I moved on, she would let me know how proud she was when I opened up my business and got married. You will be missed!! My deepest condolences to Marin, Tracy, Mark and Lisa. Marin, you taught me so much those years. Lisa, we grew up together as well, picking you up from elementary school most days. Your mom adored you and your brothers. I have so many memories your mom, your family and our co-worker family. My thoughts and prayers will be with all the Villarreal family,

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July 30, 2020
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July 29, 2020
Ms. Leonor, you guided so many young reporters into the awesome reporters we are today! It's been great knowing you all these years and I only wish you could be around to encourage and teach others. You will not be forgotten and your legacy will live on ... Rest in Peace .... To the family: May you find peace in your hearts to understand and cope with the loss of your dear family member. God bless Leonor and all of you.
Sheila Heinz
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July 29, 2020
Leonor was a friend and colleague. There were three of us that started in the very first court reporting class at the beginning of the school of court reporting at Del Mar College. It was a night class at first just to see if there would be an interest in court reporting in this area before it became an accredited program. The three of us were Leonor, Minerva Arriaga, and myself. There were approximately 25 people there that night, but three of us persisted and eventually certified locally and then were licensed by the State of Texas. That was approximately 50 years ago. Leonor and her husband, Marin, were always so respectful and courteous. I never worked for her firm, but I knew the reporters who worked there loved her. She often told me that took care of all her "girls" who worked with her. May God bless her and be with Marin and her children during this difficult time.
Dolores Oliveira Gonzalez
July 29, 2020
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Marcy Wells
July 28, 2020
I’m sad tonight to hear of our loss of beautiful Leonor. She was always radiant, friendly and kind to me. A beautiful neighbor and friend. My love goes out to Marin, Tracy, Marc, Lisa and your spouses, children and other family members. I wish you the comfort of your family and friends at this difficult time.
Donna Hoffman
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July 28, 2020
Leonor was a mentor to me as I started out in court reporting 36 years ago!! I worked with her at her firm for 17 years and she became more than a friend! She was like family! And now it is hard to imagine this world without Leonor in it! She will be missed by so many! My heart goes out to her husband Marin, sons Tracy and Mark and daughter Lisa, their spouses and her grandchildren!!
Maricela Flores
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July 28, 2020
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July 28, 2020
Grace and Beauty personified. Ever admired, never forgotten
Desiree Aguilar Martinez
Family
July 28, 2020
There are certain people without whom, you just can't imagine the "clan". Tía was definitely one of them. I grew up on stories about "Jita" but was blessed to know her one on one as my aunt. I pray for your healing and know she'll be looking out for the family from Heaven, where there are no ailments or physical limitations.
Anita Hernandez-Goheen
July 28, 2020
Leonor was a beautiful person. When in her presence she made you feel very special. On behalf of the Armando Vasquez family I send our condolences to Marin and the rest of the family. May she rest in peace.
Bessie Vasquez
Family
July 27, 2020
RIP, To all the family of Leonor, please accept or sincere condolences, May GOD give you peace. Marin is a long life friend and I offer a special hug. Of course we are all family and we hurt amd miss her. Blessings


SECUNDINO T TAMEZ
Family
July 27, 2020
My deepest condolences to Marin and the family. My mother, Delia Godoy Gutierrez, was a Court Manager and worked with Marin at the Nueces County Courthouse when they both worked for Judge Hector De Pena, Sr. My mother spoke of both Marin & Leonor with the highest regard. She also had some great stories to tell. She loved them so very much. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.
Sandra Gutierrez Vargas
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