BROWNSVILLE, TX. – Maria Eva Avila, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the age of 85.
Born to Julio Perez and Eva Escobedo on July 13, 1935, in Brownsville, Texas, she was the 5th of 6 children. She was a graduate of Brownsville High School Class of 1955. She was considered a pioneer of her time as she completed her Bachelors Degree at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and went on to earn her Masters of Education from East Texas State University. She starting teaching in 1957 with the Brownsville Independent School District, where she taught thousands of young minds for over 40 years. Aside from being "everyone's favorite teacher," she helped children in need at the Lincoln Park Alternative High School as well teaching teenage pregnant students on an individual basis. While her heart was in teaching, her spirit was all about giving both to her family as well as her community. She was a mother, friend, mentor, and most of all an inspiration to so many. She will be missed, but is now at home and at peace with her husband, Victorio, and showering us all with smiles and blessings.
She is survived by her two sons, Victor Patrick Avila and Michael Gerard Avila; two grandchildren, Mia Claire Avila and Evan Michael Avila; and one brother, Roberto Perez.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, the 7th of May 2021 between the hours of five o’clock in the afternoon and seven o'clock at night, with the recitation of the holy rosary to be recited at seven o'clock Friday night within the East Chapel of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 8th of May 2021 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 1914 Barnard Road, Brownsville, Texas 78520. Committal services will follow, via escorted procession, at Buena Vista Burial Park, 5 McDavitt Boulevard, Brownsville, Texas 78521.
In lieu of floral arrangements and customary remembrances, please consider donations in memory of Maria to St. Mary, Mother of the Church.
Memories of Maria may be shared at www.darlingmouser.com.
Personalized funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home at 945 Palm Boulevard in Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
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