Barbara Ann Sams, 72, of Sabinal died on April 3, 2016, at her residence. A memorial service will be held on April 11 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sabinal. The Rev. Monty Benson will officiate. She was born on Nov. 1, 1943, in Philippi, West Virginia to Eva (Nixon) and Eldredge Sigley. She is survived by her husband, Merrold Sams of Sabinal; two daughters, Annette Horton and husband, Carl, of Utopia and Kim Barnett and husband, Donald, of Adkins; three sons, Donald Kelly and wife, Mary, of Mission, David Sams and wife, Kimi, of London, England, and Richard Sams and wife, Bonnie, of St. Cloud, Minnesota; two half-sisters, Linda Mitchell and Carol White, both of West Virginia; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Olga Cardona Zamora, 71, of Uvalde died on April 4, 2016, at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde. A rosary was recited on Wednesday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Dec. 31, 1944, in Uvalde to Manuela (Alvarez) and Armando Cardona. She married Hilberto F. Zamora in Uvalde on Oct. 3, 1965. She is survived by three sons, Hilberto Zamora Jr. and partner, Gricelda Salinas, of Uvalde, Javier Zamora and partner, Casey Tully, of San Antonio and Jaime Zamora and wife, Marissa, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; one sister, Cleo Hernandez of Uvalde; two brothers, Rojelio Cardona and Armando Cardona, both of Uvalde; and seven grandchildren, Jaime D. Zamora, Breanna Zamora, Alyssanda Zamora, Adan Zamora, Gilbert Zamora III, Olga Salinas, and Jay Salinas.
Maria G. Sanchez, 85, of Uvalde died on March 28, 2016, at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde. She was born on March 13, 1931, in Paint Rock to Enedina (Flores) and Manuel Garza. She married Evelio C.
Rosa L. Rios, 75, of Batesville died on March 30, 2016, in San Antonio. A rosary was recited on Friday, yesterday, and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A mass of Christian burial will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Batesville, with interment to follow at Batesville Cemetery. She was born on Aug.
Aurora Arredondo Barrios, 87, of Uvalde died on March 29, 2016, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on April 28, 1928, in La Pryor to Dolores Morales Arredondo. She married Alejandro G. Barrios in Kerrville on Aug.
Matthew Emmett “M. E.” O’Neill Jr., 94, of Lubbock, formerly of Falfurrias and Uvalde, died on March 26, 2016, in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 8, 1922, in Frisco to Willie Alta (Reynolds) and Matthew Emmett O’Neill. He was a lifelong missionary and pastor.
Gregorio Pargas, 84, of La Pryor died on March 26, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Nov. 28, 1931, in D’Hanis to Leocadia (Bermea) and Bernardo Pargas. He married Rebecca Cervantez in Uvalde on Oct. 7, 1953. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; four sons, Gregorio Rogelio Pargas, Alejandro Pargas, and Gustavo Pargas, all of La Pryor, and Enrique Pargas of Eagle Pass; two daughters, Francisca “Frenchy” Fonseca of Canyon Lake and Connie Sauceda of San Antonio; two sisters, Guadalupe Casarez of Eagle Pass and Maria Alvarado of La Pryor; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Daniel Pargas; three brothers, Ventura Pargas, Ramon Pargas, and Mariano Pargas; and three sisters, Elvira Rangel, Monica Najera, and Leonor Pargas. A funeral mass was held yesterday at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in La Pryor, followed by interment in La Pryor Cemetery.
Josefina Velez Esquivel, 72, of Knippa died on March 22, 2016, at the Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on March 19, 1944, in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico to Micaela (Martinez) and Jose Velez. She married Uvaldo Esquivel in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico on July 15, 1960. She is survived by five sons; Baldemar Esquivel and wife, Lourdes, of Knippa, Selestino Esquivel and wife, Raquel, of Sabinal, Armando Esquivel and wife, Elizabeth, of Uvalde, David Esquivel and wife, Marisela, and Eduardo Esquivel, all of Knippa; four daughters, San Juana Ortiz and husband, Fernando, Amalia Nino and husband, Benito, Marisol Villarreal and husband, Carlos, all of Knippa, and Micaela Esquivel of Sabinal; 28 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Juan Antonio Esquivel; one sister, Martha De Luna; and one brother, Ramon Veloz. A prayer service was held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rushing Estes Knowles Mortuary.
Lori Anne Severtson, 55, of Uvalde died on March 16, 2016, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 15, 1960, in Hudson, New York to Margaret Jane (Miles) and Donald Eugene Wilson. She married Daniel Severtson in San Antonio on June 11, 2011. She is survived by her husband of four years, of Uvalde; one daughter, Meaghan Payuk of New Braunfels; three sons, Collin Caldwell and Casey Caldwell, both of Uvalde, and Matthew Hughes of New Braunfels; two brothers, Neal Wilson of Siren, Wisconsin and James Wilson of Spring Park, Minnesota; and three grandchildren, Wyatt Hughes, Owen Hughes, and Hannah Hughes, all of New Braunfels. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family says Severtson was crowned Mrs. Alaska International in 1993, and Mrs. Texas International in 1997. According to the family, she was well traveled and visited over 16 different countries and numerous states, including unique cities such as Fairbanks, Alaska, Würzburg, Germany, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Pedro Vargas, 83, of Sabinal died on March 24, 2016, at the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Funeral services are pending with Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.