Ruth Aleen Preston, 87, of Utopia died on Dec. 27, 2013, at Medina Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Utopia United Methodist Church. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Derek Angel Ramon was born and died on Dec. 21, 2013, at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. He is survived by his parents, Felipe Angel Ramon Jr. and Deanna Canales, both of Uvalde; paternal grandparents, Felipe Ramon and wife, Julia, of Uvalde; maternal grandparents, Arnold and Pat Canales of Uvalde; maternal great-grandparents, Alfredo and Gloria Hernandez and Rosa Canales, all of Uvalde; maternal aunts, Cassandra Canales and Christen Canales, both of Uvalde; and paternal uncle, Miguel A. Ramon of Uvalde. Graveside services were held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Raul “Rudy” Soto Reyes of California, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 17, 2013, in Hemet, Calif. A rosary was recited yesterday and a vigil will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Colleen M. Bownds, 84, of San Antonio, formerly of Utopia, died on Dec. 13, 2013, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on Feb. 24, 1929, in La Vernia to Ruby Stahl Pierdolla and Fred Pierdolla Sr. She is survived by one son, Ron Bownds and wife, Judy, of Utopia; one sister, Wanda Mae Von Minden of La Vernia; one brother, Fred Pierdolla Jr. and wife, Cherry, of La Vernia; daughter-in-law, Marion Bownds of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bownds; and one son, Kirk Bownds. A memorial service was held yesterday at 11 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel in Sabinal. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Manuel R. Vasquez, 65, of Uvalde died on Dec. 19, 2013, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on April 27, 1948, in Musquiz, Coahuila, Mexico to Julia Lozano Vasquez and Felix Vasquez. He is survived by two sons, Manuel A. Vasquez and Robert Vasquez, both of Uvalde; two sisters, Nelda Garcia of Houston and Maria Luisa Montes of Uvalde; four grandchildren, Briana Vasquez, Robert Vasquez, Kiara Vasquez and Toby Vasquez; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Manuel Montes. A vigil will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass was held yesterday at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Rosemary Reavis Patton, 75, of Roberta, Ga., died on Dec. 2, 2013, in Macon, Ga. She was born on Aug. 7, 1938, in Utopia to Ola Mae Reavis and Ira K. Reavis. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Henry Allen Patton of Roberta, Ga.; five sons, Allen Brice Patton of Many, La., Stephen Paul Patton of Urbana, Ohio, Philip Andrew Patton of Macon, Ga., Samuel Joseph Patton of Fort Valley, Ga. and Caleb Joshua Patton of Byron, Ga.; four daughters, Sharon Rose Lubben of Riverside, Rebekah Ruth Fleming of Gordon, Ga., Elisabeth Anna Mitchell of Stamps, Ark., and Sarah Lois Bennett of Mershon, Ga.; five brothers, Ben Reavis, Henry Reavis and Ray Reavis, all of San Antonio, Edward Reavis of Wasilla, Alaska, and Daniel Reavis of Macon, Ga; four sisters, Allie Goff of Utopia, Ida Stoneking of Elk City, Idaho, Nora Dodge of Utopia and Becky Reavis of San Antonio; 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.