Petra Alvarez Farias was born on July 24, 1915, in Brownsville, Texas, third oldest of nine children. She was ninetyfive years old. She was known as the matriarch of the Alvarez family and was revered and respected by all who knew her.
Petras parents, Francisco Alvarez and Vicenta Gonzalez Alvarez opened La Union General Store at 13th and Tyler St. in the 1920s later the store was known as Alvarez Sons, with the family residing above the business. The residence and store now house the Good Neighbor Settlement House. Petra was proficient with financial transactions assisting her father with accounting. Up until recently, she would scan all sales receipts for their accuracy.
Petra was the loving and devoted wife of Daniel V. Farias, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage and who preceded her in death. She was the great woman behind the man. Together they shared a wonderful life with their daughters, Dora Luz Farias Cackley and Delia Farias Coy of Brownsville. Petras lifelong passion was her garden which was admired by all. Petra, a devout Catholic throughout her life was a parishioner of St. Marys Church.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Francisco and Vicenta Alvarez her husband, Daniel V. Farias her sister, Maria del Refugio Cuca Gonzalez and 6 brothers: Juan Alvarez, Roman Alvarez, Luis Alvarez, Frank Alvarez, Robert Alvarez, and Raul Alvarez.
Surviving Petra are her daughters, Dora Bob Cackley and Delia Emilio Coy her brother, Gilbert Alvarez her grandchildren: Robert Luisa Cackley, Marisa Alex Muoz, Alexa Coy and Daniel Coy five greatgrandsons: Kass and Keaton Cackley, Colton and Cameron Muoz, and Jared Coy who were the joy of her life. Petra is also survived by several of her sistersinlaw, many nieces and nephews and their children who all affectionately called her Tia Pete.
Special thanks go to Maria Sosa and Ofelia Galvan who were her wonderful and thoughtful caregivers for many years.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 and continue through 9 p.m. with the recitation of the holy rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening in the East Chapel at DarlingMouser Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at St. Marys Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Rd. Interment will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
James Alvarez, Frank Alvarez, George Alvarez, David Alvarez, Gilbert Salinas, and Rolando Salinas are honored to be serving as Petras pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Gilbert Alvarez, Joe Hinojosa, Joe Hinojosa Jr., and Joe Gutierrez.
I was a friend of Sgt. Alvarez Brownsville P.D.and Louie whom I met in in the early 60s.Sorry to hear this.I was wondering if any one could let me know about Charlie.Havent heard from him in a long time.
DavidClarksan marcos, TX
My condolences on the loss of your mother, Dora. May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time. I always passed her house coming home from the bus stop in high school and there she would be...in the yard watering her plants always with a smile and a reminder to tell my mother hello for her. She will truly be missed...
Michael PantelisFort Worth, TX
Our condolences....Our prayers and thoughts are with you in these difficult times. Petra Farias lived a long life and that in itself is a true blessing. We thank the lord for that. May the lord be with the Farias family.
Carlos Ofelia CoyRed Oak, TX
May the lord accept the angel that we lost. Our prayers to those who had to plan this event. May God bless the lives of the people that she touched. We are sorry we could not make the trip. We will pray for the family and the attendees.
The Gonzalez Family
Julian GonzalezSan Antonio, TX
Cackley and Farias Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I was lucky to spend time with her as a little girl as she cared for my brothers and sister along with Robert and Marisa after school. Those are all great memories. I loved sitting in her backyard amongst all the beautiful flowers swinging on swing. Great times. You will all be in my prayers. Lots of Love, Ana
Ana E. Gomez SalinasBrownsville, TX
Delia, Dora and family,
Our sincere condolences for the loss of your mother.
Roman Margie EsparzaBrownsville, TX
I will always remember my Tia Pete as a beautiful, strong, classy lady, attributes she passed on to her two beautiful daughters, Dora and Delia. In college, I had a plant store in Austin and I would come down to the valley to buy plants and I always stopped by Tia Petes where she would share her knowledge and her exotic plants. She was a treasure who will always remain in my heart.
Robert Alvarez, Jr.San Antonio, TX
Dora, Delia and family,
I am sorry to hear about your moms passing. Knowing you both, she must have been a very wonderful mother, because you are two very special ladies. My prayers are with you and your family.
Ana Pena FloresLaredo, Texas, TX
What a great lady I remember fondly stopping by after school as a half way point between Stell and Home with Joe. She always greated us with a warm smile, something cool to drink, and a snack. Her garden reflected her life...beautiful, inviting, and lasting
John, Catherine, and SudieBrownsville, TX
My Deepest condolences,
Its never easy to say goodbye, Ill always remember your motherher love of flowers and plants reflected her love of life and beauty. She was my Tia Pete. Our love and support will always be here for you.
Joe Hinojosa, Jr.
Joe A Hinojosa JrBrownsville, TX