It is with great sadness that the family of Aurelia Mata announces her passing on Sunday July 1, 2018.
Grandma Mata, as she was affectionately known, was born in Weslaco, Texas and resided most of her life in Brownsville, Texas. She passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. She was married to Tito Mata Sr. for 58 years until his passing in 2013. She graduated from Weslaco High School where she played softball and powderpuff football.
Grandma Mata worked at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Brownsville, Texas for 27 years as a physical education instructor, librarian and office assistant.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church as well as the Saint Joseph Academy Booster Club. Grandma Mata will be lovingly remembered by family, the community, and legions of St. Mary’s students.
She leaves behind two sons: Tito Mata Jr. (Zelma Mata), Mario L. Mata (Ann Mata), and two daughters: Theresa Mata-Pistokache (Duke Pistokache), Rebecca Zamora (Javier Zamora). She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Vanessa Mata, Alexis Mata, Javier Zamora Jr. (Jasmine Zamora), Joaquin O. Pistokache, Marisa Zamora, Jesse I. Pistokache, Maya Zamora, Malaya Pistokache, Anthony Mata, Aliya Mata, and one great grandchild: Javier Zamora III.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsville, Texas. Please join the family for Visitation from 5:00-7:00p.m., the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00p.m., and Fellowship thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Aurelia’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 555 W. St. Francis St., Brownsville, Texas 78520.
Tito and Family,
My sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of
you mother and mentor. Keep in mind that you must carry on with her legacy and refresh your soul with wonderful memories of your life with her. Continue on a path that she can see from heaven the bright things shinning on earth because of her influence on you all. My sincere and deepest sympathy. Miss J. Rod
Judi (J.Rod) RodriguezBrownsville, TX
Este dia me propuse mandar una nota de pésame a alguien que hubiera perdido a un ser querido. Es así como pude encontrar la información de la pérdida de su ser querido, Aurelia Mata. Pude notar que fue una persona muy querida por muchos y siempre ayudando a los demas. Cuando perdemos a un ser querido tan especial, las palabras de nuestro Señor Jesus nos fortalecen y dan ánimo. En Juan 11:25 el dijo: “Yo soy la resurreción y la vida. El que ejerce fe en mi, aunque muera, llegara a vivir; y todo el que vive y ejerce fe en mi no morirá jamás.” Sin duda la Biblia nos da palabras que nos consuelan cuando pasamos por un tiempo dificil como este. Todos sabemos que es un dolor muy fuerte y que toma tiempo para superarlo. Pero, tengan en mente que Dios nos da una esperanza maravillosa para un futuro. El libro titulado, ¿Que nos enseña la Biblia?, en su capítulo 7, lleva el tema, ‘Dios resucitara a las muertos’ y nos da mas detalles en cuanto a esa esperanza. Lo invito a que busque el libro en el sitio de internet www.jw.org. Le mando mi mas sinceras condolencias.
Atentamente, Sra. Ruiz
Griselda RuizBuda, TX
I am sorry for your loss - Tito, Mario, Terry and Becky. I have fond memories of Tio Tito and Aurelia. I pray for peace in your lives and continued success as a tribute to their hard work, work ethic and humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
1Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well. 2In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.…
Maria del Consuelo Salinas San Miguel (Connie)Mercedes, TX
My sincere condolences to the Mata family on the passing of their loved one. Mrs. Mata raised a wonderful and welcoming family with whom I spent many a holiday eating and laughing at their celebrations over the years. She was a legend in her own time, both at St. Mary's and Tito;s Gym where countless young and not-so-young folks learned acceptable behavior, respect and other life lessons from Mrs Mata. I am so thankful I was privileged to know her and will miss her dearly.
Judy WaltonCedar Falls, IA
It is with Heart felt loss to hear of the passing of your mother Tito, Teresa, Mario and Becky. My memories of her are more than 40 years old, but i can still remember those moments when visiting your home as a kid. Oh, how your mom knew when we were getting into mischief or just being kids. She would call us out on it, give us a stern talking to, and honestly that's what we needed back then. It was those moments that helped build our character, respect for others, and good citizenship, into the strong individuals we are today. I can only imagine that in later years as she became Grandma Mata she may have given in a little more, but it was those early years that i will forever remember.
Ralph LowdenCedar Park, TX