BROWNSVILLE, TX. – Virginia P. Rodriguez, 99, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, entered into the glory of her eternal life and earned her wings on Monday, the 17th of January 2022, in Brownsville, Texas surrounded by her loving family. Her zeal and love of life was always within her. “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
Virginia was born in Saltillo, Mexico, moving shortly after to Brackettville, Texas and receiving her U.S. citizenship through her father’s military service with the U.S. Army in Fort Clark. Virginia married Alfonso B. Rodriguez in 1942, spanning sixty-seven years of marriage together until his death in 2010. Since the late 1940’s, Virginia has been a lifelong resident of Brownsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfonso B. Rodriguez; parents, Rodrigo and Cecilia Perez; and siblings Hortencia Rios, Evangelina Hidalgo, Carlos Perez, and Rodrigo Perez.
Left behind to eternally treasure her memory are her three children Alfonso (Cecilia) Rodriguez Jr., Stella (Rolando) Diaz, and Anna (Frank X.) Lopez; seven grandchildren Dianne (Aric) Escue, Lori (Mike) Robinett, Virginia (Miguel) Sias, Alfonso Rodriguez III, Dr. Rolando (Dr. Rebecca) Diaz Jr., Jesus X. (Dania) Lopez, and Verna Lopez; fourteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lupita Ramirez and Aurora Bartlett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Virginia worked several years with Texas Employment Commission and the Cameron County Health Department in Brownsville. One of her favorite hobbies was sewing and making hand-crafted dolls with clothing accessories. Her passion for creativity for this talent was well known by many.
Virginia was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. A special gratitude is extended to Fox Hollow Post Acute, especially DON Mora and all the staff members who treated her with love, compassion, and dignity. Virginia was given the honor of being selected by the staff members as the first, “Fox Hollow’s Sweetheart,” on Valentine’s Day 2017.
Mom, you were such a character that words cannot give you justice. You were the epitome of loyalty, dependability, and honesty. You helped many without hesitation or expectations. You were always kind and loving to all who knew you. You will always be the most influential person in our lives. Mom, there are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, the 24th of January 2022 between the hours of three o’clock in the afternoon and nine o’clock at night, with a recitation of the holy rosary to begin at seven o’clock Monday evening within the East Chapel of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
The Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at ten o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 25th of January 2022 at St. Luke Catholic Church, 2800 Rockwell Drive, Brownsville. Committal services will then follow, via an escorted procession, at Buena Vista Burial Park, 5 McDavitt Boulevard, Brownsville.
In the interest of the health of all those in attendance, face masks are required.
Pallbearers will be Frank X. and Jesus X. Lopez, Rolando Sr. and Rolando Diaz Jr., Alfonso Rodriguez III, and Juan V. Ramirez Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be her son, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., Verna Lopez, Aric Escue, Mike Robinett, and Miguel Sias.
Memories of Virginia may be shared at www.darlingmouser.com.
Personalized funeral arrangements directed by Steven R. Hieu Bailey and Staff 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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