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Yolanda (Zavaleta) Musel

October 14, 1943 ~ December 11, 2021 (age 78)

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BROWNSVILLE, TX. – Yolanda Musel (Zavaleta), 78, of Brownsville, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, the 11th of December 2021, at Valley Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.


Yolanda was a devout Catholic and avid parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church. She would recite the rosary faithfully and would attend mass every Sunday. Her core being was centered around religion, family, love, and forgiveness. She was all heart and had a kind, gentle and caring personality. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and a friend to many. The memories and special bonds that she shared with her family meant most of all to her. She enjoyed listening to music, drawing, and painting. She loved arts and crafts. Yolanda always took things in strides and did whatever she could to help others in need. Yolanda was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by her family and friends but by all those fortunate enough to have known her.


Yolanda was preceded in death by her husband of forty-eight years, James Lee Musel, Sr.; her parents, Raul, Sr. and Delfina C. Zavaleta; brother, Raul Zavaleta, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Robert Ford.


Survivors include her children, James L. Musel, Jr. (Diana) Eileen Gregory (Stephen); three grandchildren Matthew Musel, Madeleine Gregory, and Joshua Gregory; sister, Sylvia Ford; niece, Jo Ellen Ford (Russell); sister-in-law, Terri Zavaleta; in addition to numerous grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and other extended family members and friends.


Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, the 18th of December 2021 between the hours of ten o’clock in the morning and one o’clock in the afternoon, with the recitation of the holy rosary to begin at eleven o’clock within the East Chapel of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at two o’clock in the afternoon at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 1914 Barnard Road, Brownsville. Cremation will follow the mass.


Inurnment and committal services will be held at one o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 20th of December 2021 at Buena Vista Burial Park, 5 McDavitt Boulevard, Brownsville.


In lieu of floral arrangements and customary remembrances, the family requests contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.


A Special Thanks to the medical staff Valley Regional Medical Center, Safe Haven Hospice and Angel Fortiscue RN, Dr. Jover, Dr. Hussain, Dr. Gumble, and Dr. Boek for the care they provided for Yolanda. A Special Thanks to all of the prayer groups and warriors who prayed for Yolanda.


Memories of Yolanda 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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Visiting Hours
December 18, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Darling-Mouser Funeral Home - East Chapel
945 Palm Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520

Recitation of the Rosary
December 18, 2021

11:00 AM
Darling-Mouser Funeral Home - East Chapel
945 Palm Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520

Funeral Mass
December 18, 2021

2:00 PM
St. Mary Mother of the Church
1914 Barnard Road
Brownsville, TX 78520

December 20, 2021

1:00 PM
Buena Vista Burial Park
5 McDavitt Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78521


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/

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