February 2, 1928 - April 27, 2015
Lillie A. Lopez, born February 2, 1928, went into the loving arms of the Lord on April 27, 2015, at the blessed age of 87. She is preceded in death by her spouse Silvestre G. Lopez, daughter Bertha Lopez, parents Julio and Elena Alvarado as well as numerous siblings. She is survived by her beloved children Sylvester John Lopez and Lillian Sanchez (Sam), grandchildren Louise Sanchez, Karen Paskos-Baker, Marie Whittington, Rebecca Pacini, Samantha Sanchez and Isaac Sanchez, great-grandchildren Brodie Whittington, Autumn Lilliana Baker and Helena Pacini as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
A lifelong member of Christ the King Catholic Church, she participated in numerous church organizations in her lifetime.
Most notably she served as a member and vice president of San Antonio's Communities Organized for Public Service (COPs) in 1970's to 1990's. She was instrumental in garnering support from the community for the development of Rosedale Park and for drainage improvements in the surrounding areas by holding our elected officials accountable for seeing that the money earmarked for the area was not used for other areas. She and a group of other COPs members from Christ The King Church worked with city officials to build housing for the elderly on Martin St., now known as the Christ the King Senior Apartments, as well as to bring HEB Grocery and Luby's Cafeteria to the underserved Las Palmas area. As vice president of COPs she helped to organize grass root campaigns for adding a college campus in the southside resulting in Palo Alto Community College. In 1989 she was honored by the Texas Department of Aging as an outstanding senior volunteer.
She and her husband Silvestre spent many years as volunteers supporting the creation of the local senior nutrition centers at Christ the King and the Frank Garret Center.
She was a longtime member of the Christ the King Guadalupanas and also served as President of the Texas Federation of Guadalupanas She had faith in Christ our Savior and honored His Mother as a Guadalupana. The family would like to thank all the staff of Morningside Manor (units 6 & 3) and VITAS Hospice for the diligent loving care provided.
She will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Visitation will begin Friday, May 1, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at the funeral home and will continue at 5pm at Christ the King Catholic Church with a rosary to be recited at 7pm. Visitation will resume Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8am at the funeral home with the motorcade to depart at 8:30am for the 9am Mass of Christian burial to be held at Christ the King Catholic Church and interment to follow at San Fernando Cemetery II. Services under the direction of Castillo Mission Funeral Home.
Published by San Antonio Express-News on Apr. 30, 2015.