Paulina E. Almeida
Corpus Christi - The Matriarch of the Juan Almeida Family, mother of six, but "Grandma" to many, Pauline Espinoza Almeida joined her beloved husband in eternal rest on May 26, 2021. Mom was born on June 22, 1931 in Geronimo, TX. Her youth, filled with hard work as a migrant worker, paved the way for her 6 children to learn those values from her. Mom lived most of her life in Robstown, TX, where, as a housewife, she became a seamstress for many, helped raise many children as a babysitter, and fed thousands with her famous tamales- which were exported throughout the state.
Affectionately known as "Grandma," not only to her own family, but also to all the many others she babysat, Mom always had a welcome home for anyone who wanted to stop by. Upon walking into her house, she would inevitably offer everyone food, and almost instinctively start making homemade tortillas and turn on the stove to throw something together… even if you just ate! Some of her most famous foods, along with her tamales, included mole, caldo, carne guisada, arroz con pollo, and atole de arroz. And we can't forget her chile picoso!
Mom had a green thumb and everything she planted flourished beautifully. She enjoyed gardening as well as reviving any sick plants family and friends may have had. She loved hosting parties, and especially dancing. Without effort, she handled all the cooking, but still found time on the dancefloor for all her family. For those that knew her closely, we all know she went "green" before it was "cool" - not a single red plastic cup went into the trash under her watch!
In her younger days, Mom was a member of the Hijas de María at St. Anthony Catholic Church. When her children were in school, she was very active with the Parent Involvement Organization at St. Anthony Catholic School for many years. She remained faithful to the Catholic Church throughout her life.
Though Mom will be missed immensely, we are comforted that she is no longer in pain and consoled with the kind words our friends and family have spoken to us and the memories they have shared of her. We would like to especially thank her daughters Olga and Sylvia for taking care of her the past few months. It was very fortunate that she was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. Though painful to see her go, everyone agreed that she lived a full, happy, and faithful life.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Juan Almeida, and her siblings: Antonio Espinoza, Francisco "Pancho" Espinoza, Natalia Cueva, Basilia Guerra, and Sista Felan. She is survived by her children: Rosie (Victor) Piñón, Olga Almeida, Sylvia (Cande, deceased) Salinas, Mike (Martha, deceased) Almeida, Vangie Quintanilla (Robert Gonzalez), Sandra (Randy) Zuniga; 14 grandchildren: Valerie (Gabriel) Ontiveros, Trey Piñón, John (Julia) Piñón, Laura Piñón, Denise Salinas (Mark Oliveira), Jakob Salinas, Alyssa Almeida, Alex Almeida, Martika Quintanilla, S'vani Quintanilla (Chatty Cave), Alana McGee, Ana (Jay) Guajardo, Andi (Ednay) Flores, Randy Zakery (Amanda) Zuniga; 7 great grandchildren: Xavier, Diego, and Olivia Ontiveros, Lukas and Danika Oliveira, Yvie Quintanilla, and Amethyst Flores; her siblings, Florencio (Aurora) Espinoza, Josefa (Raul Sr.) Sanchez, Genaro (Roze) Espinoza and Jane (Elbert Sr.) Ocañas, and several brothers and sisters-in-law, countless nieces, nephews, friends and "adopted" grandchildren.
The Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, beginning at 6 pm with a rosary at 7 pm at Ramon Funeral Home in Robstown, TX. A funeral mass will be held at 10am on Wednesday, June 10, 2021 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas. Entombment to follow at Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family is requesting that all that attend the services wear face masks.
Arrangements Entrusted To:
Ramon Funeral Home, Inc.
800 Lincoln Ave.
Robstown, Texas 78380
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Published by Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Jun. 4 to Jun. 6, 2021.