Dr. Carol Annelise Vela
1967 - 2020
BORN
1967
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Rosas Funeral Home Inc
1215 W Front St
Alice, TX
Dr. Carol Annelise Vela was called to the Lord on July 29, 2020 at her home in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 31, 1967 and raised in Alice, Texas as the youngest of five children and the only daughter to Rodolfo R. Vela, Sr. and Josephine Tobin Vela. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic School, Wm. Adams Junior High, and graduated from Alice High School in 1985. She held many leadership positions such as: Student Council President, Choir President, member of NHS and Future Teachers of America, but her proudest moment was at graduation when she was announced as the ""Outstanding Senior Girl"" voted by the faculty.
After high school, Dr. Vela attended St. Mary's University of San Antonio and joined Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority because of their Christian values and philanthropy work in the San Antonio Community. She was also Director of University Programming Council, Collage Choir, and a member of Student Government Association. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Communication Arts in 1989 and began her teaching career at Alice High School, her alma mater. She taught English classes, Speech, Yearbook, Newspaper (which received top awards from UIL-ILPC), Television, Journalism and Coached the Drill Team for four years. She took her students to many Journalism conferences/UIL competitions, and drill team summer camps. She went with her officers to New York and watched them perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and took them to National Competition twice, in Orlando Florida. Outside of school, Dr. Vela was also the Youth Director at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alice for many years and worked with the ""Life Teen"" High School and Middle School youth groups and CCD programs.
In August of 2000, Dr. Vela received her Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M University Kingsville and became a School Counselor in Alice after teaching for 8 years. She moved to Corpus Christi in 2003 and began working at W.B. Ray High School. While there, she helped launch the International Baccalaureate program in Corpus Christi ISD and was brave enough to take some students to Spain and then the following year to England for two IB Student World Conferences, and she did not lose a single student. Her best work at Ray High School was implementing the Freshmen Mentoring program comprised of 80 plus seniors who helped the freshmen class adjust to the new high school environment and the Grief Group, a group consisting of students who had lost a loved one. These students attended her group counseling sessions weekly and discussed topics they could feel safe sharing with each other. At graduation, a big white bow was placed in the chair where their loved one would have been sitting to witness the ""Crossing the Stage"" for that graduate.
Beginning her Doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi while working full time as a School Counselor was a challenge. She began her dissertation on a Social Justice issue and did a qualitative study on LGBTQ students, their parents and school counselors by analyzing their experiences and relationships to each other. Bullying and student safety became a big concern at that time as well as tolerance and acceptance. She presented her findings to school counselors in CCISD, at a time when no one was offering training on this topic and professional conferences had very little on the subject. While in Corpus Christi she served as President and Past-President of the Gulf Coast Counseling Association and started working as an Adjunct Professor for Lamar University in 2014.
It took 25 years, but she finally moved back to San Antonio during the summer of 2015. She graduated with her Doctorate degree in December of 2015 while working as a School Counselor for Jefferson High School. While at Jefferson High School, she helped launch another IB program and worked with the Special Populations of students: such as Special Education (SE), English as a Second Language (ESL)/Limited English Proficient (LEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Gifted and Talented (GT). She was most recently the District Dual Credit Coordinator for San Antonio ISD while teaching for Lamar University. She was affiliated with professional Counseling Organizations such as: Texas Counseling Association (TCA), Texas School Counseling Association (TSCA), and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). She had presented many times at state conferences on her mentoring program, grief group, student leadership style, and ethics.
Dr. Vela, a direct decedent of Jose Antonio Navarro, was a friend of the Casa Navarro and involved as an AST Alumni. She was the Historian and was President-elect and Scholarship Committee Chair for the Pan American League of San Antonio. She was selected as one of the ""PAL Members of the Year"" for 2017 and 2018. In May of 2018, she was elected as the President of Delta Kappa Gamma- Kappa Beta Chapter of San Antonio. She was incredibly honored to serve in this International Women's Educator Organization, because it is a position her mother held in her local chapter of Alice, Texas many years ago. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her two dogs (Bella and Bonita), having great adventures with her many friends, and travelling to new and interesting places all over the world.
Dr. Carol Annelise Vela was preceded in death by her parents, Rudy and Josephine Vela, and her brother, Raymond Vela.
She is survived by her brothers: Rodolfo ""Rudy"" (Alma) Vela, Jr. residing in San Antonio, Alexander ""Sandy"" (Becky) Vela of Alice, and Oscar Vela residing in San Antonio. She is also survived by her two nephews Tre (Ginger) Vela and Victor Vela, and three nieces, Theresa Vela, Jennifer (Justin) Randow, and Kesia Vela, all residing in San Antonio.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. at Rosas Funeral Home in Alice. A rosary will be recited Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 3:00 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at New Collins Cemetery in Alice, Texas.
Masks are required upon entering all facilities and during all services.
Funeral arrangements entrusted with ROSAS FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Published by Alice Echo News-Journal from Jul. 31 to Aug. 7, 2020.
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Alice, TX
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Dear cousin Annelise (Dr. Carol Annlise Vela),

I will fondly remember our good times seeing Broadway shows both in Chicago and New York City. And even that one coincidental time I learned via Facebook that you were in San Francisco with our cousin Lillian and we got to meet up for 20 minutes (because I too was visiting San Francisco at the same time).

Your big and kind heart and positive outlook and fun-loving nature will forever inspire me. I know that you would give and give to anyone who needed all through your life and for that you will always be unique and the glue of the entire family.

I know you have gone ahead on this journey and we will see you one day again continuing that same human journey we are all a part of.

God bless and keep you dear Annelise.
Sincerely,
Edward Tobin
Luis Tobin
Family
August 7, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Rosie Olivares
Family
August 4, 2020
Lalo and Amy Perez
Acquaintance
August 4, 2020
Adriana Lichtenberger
August 4, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Isabel fears
Coworker
August 3, 2020
David Gonzalez
August 3, 2020
Amanda Najar-Cabrera
August 3, 2020
a loved one
August 3, 2020
Laura Flores
August 3, 2020
a loved one
August 3, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Lettie Garza
Family
August 3, 2020
Leticia Garza
August 3, 2020
Always smiling, she lit up a room with her charm and elegance. To me she was Annalise my sorority sister and friend. i will always have fond memories of St. Marys. May you rest in peace and light up heaven now.
Saristel Saucedo
Friend
August 3, 2020
Karen Ditzler Johnson
Friend
August 2, 2020
Carlos Garza
August 2, 2020
Clifford Reaux jr
Family
August 2, 2020
Annelise was a phenomenal woman. Her energy was boundless. There was nothing she could not do. She selflessly gave to everyone. I feel proud and privileged to have known her. She was a a wonderful co-worker, but more importantly she was a friend. She left an imprint in countless hearts. I will miss every aspect of her. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Juli Gonzalez
Friend
August 1, 2020
a loved one
August 1, 2020
Veronica Hancock
August 1, 2020
Sincere sympathy on the loss of Carol Annelise. May God comfort all
her family during this difficult time.
Rosa Pelayo-Bonanno
Acquaintance
August 1, 2020
Annelise was a kind beautiful intelligent young lady always smiling and eager to help others exactly like her mom both of them I had the pleasure of knowing as colleagues but Annalise was also one one my talented students at William Adams Jr High she was an snarl onesrth and now joins al,the other angels in heaven may she rest in eternal peace
Irma (Resendez ) Castro
Teacher
August 1, 2020
Irma Resendez Castro
Teacher
August 1, 2020
My dearest sweet cousin Annelise..... sooo many great memories; eating Snowball snow cones and watching movies, playing lotería, going to Greek Festivals & Día de los Muertos Festivals... I miss you terribly!
Angela Flores
Family
August 1, 2020
I was saddened and heartbroken to hear about Annelise’s untimely passing. Sending my condolences and prayers to the Vela family. I’ve known Annelise for years through my family (Guerrero) in Alice. Her mother was my P.E. teacher and knew Annelise as child. Dr. Vela was a beautiful woman inside and out. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy of kindness and other wonderful traits, too many to mention. May she rest in peace!❤
Naida Guerrero Bazan
Friend
July 31, 2020
From The Billie and Fitzgerald Family,
Our Sincerest Condolences
Our family was deeply saddened with the lost of our Aunt Anneliese . Our thoughts and prayers for her family.
Antione, Myra Gonzalez-Billie, Briana Renee Billie , Colin, Candace Gonzalez Fitzg
Family
July 31, 2020
Antione, Myra Billie & Briana Billie, Candace Gonzalez Fitzgerald, Cailean & Crevan
Family
July 31, 2020
Joe Torres
Friend
July 31, 2020
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