Emerita Cristina Aguilar, 84, beloved sister, aunt, and friend entered into the glory of her eternal life on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at her residence with her loving family at her side.
Emerita who was born in Port Isabel, was a lifetime resident of Brownsville. Emerita lived with her mother and sisters. After a short stint as a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, Emerita returned to Brownsville and went to work at the Immaculate Conception School. She assisted Sr. Vianney Uyeno, I.W.B.S. as a teacher aide and in the candy store for 6 years. Emerita enjoyed reminiscing about the joy of working with the children and how the young boys loved teasing her and trying to scare her. Her favorite memory was about how as a young boy, Dr. Juan Manuel Martinez, would call her “Miss America.
Ten years ago, Emerita went to live with her niece and grand-nephew, Mary Lelia and Esteban Lopez.
Emerita attended Alpine Day Care and looked forward to going there every day. She loved playing Loteria and was always winning and bringing home her prizes.
Living with Lelia and Esteban provided a special bond with her grandnephew, who was also her partner in crime. They both covered up one for the other.
Emerita was raised in the Catholic church and for first 70+ years was a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. She became a parishioner at Our Lord of Divine Mercy 8 years ago. She loved attending all church functions and was affectionately greeted as “Tia” by all.
Emerita was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by her family and friends but by all those fortunate to have known her.
Emerita was preceded in death by he parents, Herlinda and Hilario Aguilar; a brother, Hilario Aguilar Jr., 6 sisters: Leonor, Evangelina, Concepcion, Rafaela, and Adelaida Aguilar and Guadalupe “Lupita” A. Lopez; and a nephew, Noe A. Lopez.
Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of her are 2 sisters: Rosario (Reynaldo+) A. Tamayo and Sr. Mary Lelia Aguilar I.W.B. S.; her nieces and nephews, Imelda T. (Jose David) Lopez, Reynaldo Tamayo, Leonel A. (Elia) Lopez, William A. (Rocio) Lopez, and Roberto Moreno along with numerous grand nieces and nephews, and other extended family members and friends.
Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019, and continue through 9:00 p.m. with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. We respectfully ask that everyone meet at the church for the Funeral Mass as there will not be a funeral procession from the funeral home to the church. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019, at Our Lord of Divine Mercy, 625 E. Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78526. All services will conclude after the Mass, and in accordance with the family’s wishes cremation will follow. Emerita’s cremated remains will be interred at a later date in the family plot in the Port Isabel City Cemetery.
Leonel A. Lopez, William A. Lopez, Leo G. Lopez, Jacob Lopez, Esteban Lopez, and Raul Ramon Lopez are honored to be serving as pallbearers for their beloved aunt. Reynaldo Tamayo, Roberto Moreno, John Christopher Tamayo, and Jose David Lopez will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Emerita’s name may be made to Our Lord of Divine Mercy, 625 E. Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78526 or to Incarnate Word Academy, 244 Resaca Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520.
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