Aida Uribe
June 26, 1923  -  May 6, 2010

Aida Uribe

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DarlingMouser Funeral Home
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Monday, May 10, 2010
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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DarlingMouser Funeral Home
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Monday, May 10, 2010
7 p.m.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
1200 Lincoln
Brownsville, TX  78521
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
10 a.m.
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Buena Vista Burial Park Mausoleum
5 McDavitt Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78521
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Developement Fund Attn: Sister Irma Gonzalez I.W.B.S.
Brownsville, TX  78520

Aida De Leon Uribe died May 6, 2010 in Brownsville, Texas.

Born on June 26, 1923, in Brownsville, Texas, Aida was the daughter of Jose De Leon and Rosa Vasquez.

The loss of her father at the tender age of five during the Great Depression, an incident of discrimination in a San Antonio public school shortly thereafter, and her Roman Catholic faith forged Aidas character into a tough, socially and politically conscious, modern woman before the advent of womens rights. She vowed that her childrens lives would be different and better than hers.

Upon her return to Brownsville from San Antonio, Aida was educated at the parish school at Immaculate Conception and at Villa Maria Academy. From the nuns who operated the schools, Aida learned that women could be leaders too. Upon her graduation Aida would continue her education at Draughans Business College in San Antonio where she met the love of her life and future husband, Blas Uribe III.

Together they raised three children, Blas, Hector, and Aida. Hoping to shelter their children from the discrimination she had experienced in San Antonio, firmly believing that the path to personal success lay in education, and knowing that a social conscience is best developed in a nurturing spiritual environment, Aida and Blas sent each of their children to Catholic schools until they graduated high school.

Aidas focus on her familys education and the need to pay for her childrens tuition didnt prevent her from pursuing her own. When the family moved to Miami along with other Pan American Airway families in the early 60s, Aida went to work at the University of Miami Library and she enrolled in courses at the university. Soon she climbed the administrative ladder and served in various capacities at the university, including chief business manager of a medical research project. Eventually she added Portuguese to the English and Spanish that she spoke and was named circulation editor of the journal of InterAmerican Studies at the university.

Upon their retirement, Aida and Blas returned to Brownsville, not to rest, but to reengage in the struggle to help others and to reconnect with their extended family. A former Brownsville Housing Authority project manager, Aida served as a director of Cameron County Housing Finance Corporation and was a passionate member of Valley Interfaith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blas Uribe III her sisters, Margarita De Leon Marroquin and Ana De Leon Zavaletta and her brothers, Jose, Andres, and Arnoldo De Leon.

Aida is survived by her children, Blas, Hector, and Aida her grandchildren, Blas V, Echo, Brandan, Alan, Danu, Daniele, Coleen, and Julie six greatgrandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2010 in the East Chapel at DarlingMouser Funeral Home. The Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament will lead the recitation of the holy rosary slated to begin at 7 p.m. Monday evening. Father Alfonso Guevara, of St. Joseph the Worker parish in McAllen, Texas, will officiate the Mass of Christian Resurrection which will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1200 Lincoln St. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Buena Vista Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, Aidas family requests that memorial gifts in her name be made to:
Incarnate Word Academy, Development Fund, Attn: Sr. Irma Gonzalez, I.W.B.S., 244 Resaca Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520.


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  1. Cecilia Strubelt Moody
    Brownsville, TX

    Dear Uribe Family:

    Our deepest sympahty to the entire family on the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. She was a loving and extraordinary woman. May you find comfort in memories and strength in each others love. Our prayers and respects are with you.

    Love lives forever in the heart.

    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.

    Ed, Cecilia, Joseph Jason Moody

  2. Janet Cruz
    Buda, TX

    What an amazing woman Our prayers are with you and your family. I am truly sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet her. She accomplished so much. I am sure that she is organizing heaven right now.
    Janet Joe Cruz

  3. Richard Lovelace
    McAllen, TX

    Deepest condolences from Hidalgo County Democrats, Pc.t 81. God be with you at this time of sadness and loss.

  4. Ralph Cowen
    Brownsville, TX


    Please allow me to express my deeepest condolences. Your mother was a class act and inspiration to us all. You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Fondest regards,


  5. Ralph Cowen
    Brownsville, TX


    Please allow me to express my deeepest condolences. Your mother was a class act and inspiration to us all. You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Fondest regards,


  6. Salvador Castaeda
    Matamoros, TX


    Me and my wife Aracely would like to express our condolences to you and your family. We will keep her in our prayers and may she rest in Peace.

    Aracely Salvador Castaeda Class of 1964 SJA

  7. Sharon J. Larry Davis
    Palestine, TX

    Our deepest sympathy at this time of loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

  8. Rosie Mimms
    Glen Rose,, TX

    So sorry for your loss, but precious memories will live forever. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  9. Rosie Mimms
    Glen Rose,, TX

    So sorry for your loss, but precious memories will live forever

  10. Joanna
    Bullard, TX

    What an extraordinary women and loving mother. I send the deepest condolences of the Texas Democratic Women and my own sympathies to the Uribe family.

    Joanna Reagan
    Texas Democratic Women

  11. Linda Yanez
    edinburg, TX

    Hector, my deepest sympathies, how proud you must be of all her accomplishments.

  12. Alma R. Garza
    Edinburg, TX

    Hector, my thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. I will be praying for you and your family. My deepest sympathies. God Bless you in your time of need. Always, your friend, Alma R. Garza

  13. Cecilia Sandoval
    Edinburg, TX

    My deepest sympathy

  14. Mr and Mrs Roman Esparza
    Brownsville, TX

    Our condolences to the Uribe family

  15. Noe Nilo Ortiz, Jr.
    Brownsville, TX

    Dear Uribe family,
    On behalf of my family and I , our strong felt condolenses go out to you. I went to school with Echo and remember seeing her grandmother once in a while. I still recall what a strong and outspoken women she was. I was very impressed at the time and am even more awe stricken after reading about her history.
    No wonder she was so well respected and such an inspiration to so many people. May God be with you during this difficult time and you will be in our prayers.

  16. Lou Karen Zavaletta
    Boynton Beach, Fl, FL

    Our deepest condolences to the Uribe Family upon learning of Aunt Aidas recent passing. Lots of fond memories as a boy spending time with your family especially the time spent during my parents auto accident when I was quite young. Your parents were very kind and caring to me.

    May God bless the Uribe family during this difficult time and also
    find peace and comfort knowing what a great Mother and mentor
    she was to all of us.


    Lou Zavaletta and Family

  17. Letty fernandez
    brownsville, TX

    Hector...the obituary in the paper today was so beautifully written. It is a lovely tribute to your mother. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.take care.

  18. Ester V. Garza
    Corpus Christi, Texas, TX

    Classmate of the Class of 1940 of Villa Maria. Ester V. Garza

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