Gloria Urrutia, 57, of Uvalde died on Jan. 3, 2017, in San Antonio. She was born on Dec. 28, 1959, in Lubbock to Amelia (Jacques) and Ramon Gonzales. She married Carlos Urrutia on Nov. 22, 1997, in Del Rio. She is survived by her husband of 19 years, of Del Rio; two daughters, Lynn Vasquez and partner, Joe Ledesma, of Louisiana, and Janette Vasquez and partner, Santiago Perez, of Uvalde; two sons, Jamaine Lewis and Isaiah Lewis, both of Baytown; five sisters, Rosalinda Gonzales and partner, Ruben Reyes, of Sabinal, Mary Lou Valdez and husband, Paul, of California, Sonia Arteaga and husband, Leo, of Odessa, Angelina Gonzales and partner, Raymond Williams, of San Antonio, and Marisa Alaniz and husband, Krist, of Uvalde; five brothers, Manuel Jacques of Plainview, Freddie Gonzales and wife, Rosie, Ramon Gonzales Jr.
Estela H. Mendoza, 56, of Uvalde died on Jan. 6, 2017, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Feb. 14, 1960, in Leakey to Paulina Ramirez and Tomas Hernandez. She is survived by her husband, Abraham Mendoza of Uvalde; two daughters, Christela Mendoza and fiancé, Joshua Clark, of San Antonio, and Sara Hernandez of Uvalde; four sisters, Lucy Gallegos and husband, Jerry, Polly Flores and husband, Manuel, Leticia Hernandez Cobarrubia, and Gloria Cazares and husband, Jacinto, all of Uvalde; two brothers, Tomas Hernandez II and wife, Belen, of Uvalde, and David Hernandez and wife, Angel, of Hondo; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Abraham Mendoza Jr.; and two brothers, Daniel Hernandez and Luis Martin Hernandez. A funeral mass was held on Monday at 4 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.
David Eugene (Mac) McIntosh, age 85, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away at 5:28 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at IU Health Arnett Hospital Lafayette. Born on Feb. 11, 1931, in Utopia, he was the son of the late William E. McIntosh and Anna Louise (Barton) McIntosh. He graduated from Utopia High School. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He married Norma Jean Wilson on Oct. 9, 1952, in Ambia, Indiana, and she survives him. Mac retired after 37 years from Fairfield as head of maintenance and safety. He was a member of Voiture 40 & 8, American Legion Post #11, and was a Lafayette City Council member from 1980 to 1991. He loved his Texas roots. He was an avid fisherman in Texas for 26 years, and in Minnesota for over 20 years. He enjoyed woodworking and lapidary. Mac had a great sense of humor, always an advocate for the underdog, and never met a stranger. He said what he meant and meant what he said.
Wanda B. “Nee Nee” McClure, 67, of Knippa died on Jan. 4, 2017, in Harper. She was born on May 21, 1949, in Crystal City to Ruby Alice (Dennis) and Steve Jefferson Stanley. She married John McClure on May 23, 1979, in Uvalde. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, of Knippa; one daughter, Deborah Lindley and husband, Lamar, of Fredericksburg; one son, Bryan Herman and wife, Michelle, of Murrieta, California; one stepson, Joe McClure; and one stepdaughter, Melissa Tucker, both of San Antonio; one brother, Steve “Bill” Stanley and wife, Joyce, of Charlotte; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. McClure was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Vivian Mae Ayers and Billie Joe Stanley. A funeral service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, followed by interment at Knippa Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lamar Lindley, Justin Lindley, Joe McClure, Jeremiah Perkins, Hunter Herman, and Larry Capuchin.
Dr. Rosemarie Rivera Garza passed away peacefully at her Uvalde home on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, after a long and fiercely-fought battle with cancer. She was 61. Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde. Rose will be laid to rest tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson. From her birth in the Philippines on Feb. 13, 1955, to the day of her death in Uvalde, she brought laughter, joy, and a love of life to everyone she knew. Rose was born in San Teodoro, on the Filipino island of Mindoro, and grew up in Manila. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1976 and immigrated to the United States in 1978. In 1981, she married Dr. R. Steve Garza; they moved to Uvalde with their two daughters, Kim and Lindsay, seven years later. She was devoted to her family, including her siblings and the extended Rivera and Garza clans, and loved gathering with them for holidays and vacations, all with lots of picture-taking.
Gilbert M. Esparza, 55, of Uvalde died on Jan. 9, 2017, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. A funeral mass will be held today at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on July 24, 1961, in Uvalde to Josefa (Marin) and Leandro Esparza. He married Maria Garcia on Aug. 30, 1985, in Uvalde. The family says he loved fishing, camping, the outdoors, and trucking. He is survived by his wife of 31 years; parents; mother-in-law, Maria P. Garcia of Uvalde; two daughters, Denika Huerta and husband, Jose, and Deanna Esparza and companion, Pete Sevilla, all of Uvalde; one sister, Leticia Risa of Uvalde; three brothers, Leandro Esparza Jr. and Javier Esparza, both of San Antonio, and Jaime Esparza of Austin; one grandchild, Nyeli Sevilla; two brothers-in-law, Armando Garcia of San Antonio, and Jose Garcia and wife, Irma, of Uvalde; and numerous cousins. Esparza was preceded in death by two brothers, Greg Esparza and Jerry Esparza.
Robert Cardenas, 53, of Uvalde died on Jan. 10, 2016, in San Antonio. Funeral arrangements are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
James E. Buckner Jr. passed beyond the veil Jan. 9, 2017, in Corpus Christi. He was born on Sept. 30, 1954, in Galveston, the oldest son of Shirley Harrington Buckner and James Ernest Buckner. He is survived by his father, James E. Buckner, of League City; his brother, Robert E. Buckner of La Marque; his high school sweetheart and wife of over 42 years, Rebecca Southworth Buckner; and their four daughters: J. Elizabeth Ericksen (Steve) of Hooper, Utah; Sarah Kathryn Jeter (Joseph) of Mont Belvieu; Melissa Christine Mathews (Michael) of Damon; Jessica Lauren Davis (Andrew) of Lockhart; as well as adopted daughter Stephanie Michelle DeVictoria (Aaron), her brothers and Papa T. Jim is also survived by 18 grandchildren: Benjamin James, Haley, Jacob and Zachary Ericksen; Nathaniel, Isaac, Caleb Harrington, Rachel, Tirzah and Eve Jeter; Tessa, Piper and Blythe Mathews; and Claire, Luke, Jonathan James, Rebecca Wren, and Leo Davis.
Janie Ramos Aguero, 69, of Killeen, formerly of Uvalde, died on Jan. 7, 2017, at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was born on Aug.