After a lengthy illness, Louise Ida Cook “Cookie” Towery died peacefully in Austin on Dec. 1, 2016, surrounded by family. She was 88 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Roland Kenneth (Ken) Towery. Louise Ida Cook was born on Sept. 13, 1928, at her home in Knippa to Henry A. Cook and Anna Belle Wollschlaeger Cook. She was the second youngest girl in a family of four other sisters: Clara Cook Brucks, Helen Cook McFadin, of Uvalde, Anna Lee Cook, and the youngest, Mabel Cook Paradeaux, of Luling. All the girls helped their mother and father work the family’s drylands farm. A 1946 graduate of Knippa High School, Louise went to work immediately at the county agricultural office in Uvalde. She soon met and fell in love with Roland Kenneth Towery and they were married in Houston on May 4, 1947.
Mary Thompson Rab, 84, of Lakeway, formerly of Uvalde, died on Nov. 28, 2016, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 8, 1932, in Crystal City to Naomi (Hesser) and Leon Thompson. She is survived by one son, Dr.
Irma Ramos Perez, 80, of Uvalde died on Dec. 4, 2016, at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on July 7, 1936, in Uvalde to Carmen (Gonzales) and Leobardo Ramos. She married Ramon Martinez Perez in Uvalde in April of 1953. She is survived by two daughters, Carmen P. Alvarado of San Antonio, and Martha ‘’Marty’’ Salazar and husband, Robert, of Uvalde; one son, Rogelio Perez and wife, Pat, of Uvalde; one sister, Elsa Quiroga of Uvalde; one brother, Leobardo Ramos of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Ramon Perez Jr.; one son-in-law, David Alvarado; one brother, Nicascio Ramos; and one sister, Estella Barragan.
Valente T. Mendoza, 84, of Uvalde died on Dec. 6, 2016, at the Methodist Texsan Heart Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on Aug. 20, 1932, in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Juanita (Torres) and Adeliado Mendoza. He married Herlinda Martinez on Jan. 1, 1956, in Villa de la Paz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Estella De Leon, 66, of Uvalde died on Dec. 5, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on July 7, 1950, in Billings, Montana, to Severiana (Aviles) and Porfirio De Leon. She is survived by four sisters, Carmen Morales and Gloria Rubio, both of Uvalde, Irma Hernandez and husband, Pete, of San Antonio, and Janie Buantello and husband, Pete, of Austin; two brothers, Pedro De Leon and wife, Delia, of Uvalde and Porfirio De Leon Jr. and wife, Gloria, of Devine. De Leon was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Minerva Sanchez. A rosary was recited on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Juan Torres Jr., Porfirio Torres, Leon De Leon, John Paul Morales, Eugene Hernandez, and Noel Sanchez.
Edna Elizabeth Reed Vickers, 97, of Uvalde died on Nov. 20, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 10, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Temple Church. She was born on Feb. 19, 1919, in Des Arc, Missouri to Mary Jane (Clifton) and Perry A. Reed. The family moved to Uvalde when Vickers was 2 years old, hoping that the dry climate would improve her ailing mother’s health. When she was 5 years old, her mother died after childbirth, as did her infant brother. Her father later remarried. Vickers married young and had four children. The family lived all over Texas and in Arkansas before she returned to Uvalde. She worked at the Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. for many years, and sat with people who were convalescing. The family says the daughter of one patient convinced her to obtain training to become a licensed vocational nurse.
Nicolas ‘’Nick’’ Ruiz Jr., 68, of Uvalde died on Nov. 27, 2016, in San Antonio. A graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on March 9, 1948, in Uvalde to Teresa (Arredondo) and Nicolas Ruiz Sr. He is survived by two sisters, Dora Ocasio of Uvalde, and Minerva Smijkowski and husband, Edmund, of Chicago, Illinois; one brother, Henry Ruiz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Ruiz was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother-in-law, Luis Ocasio. A prayer service was held yesterday at 7 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Pallbearers will be Joseph Barber, Adam Ocasio, Angel Ocasio, Sabino Alvarez, Luis Vasquez, and Henry Ruiz Sr.
Margaret Gonzales Pace, 86, of Victoria, formerly of Uvalde, died on Nov. 30, 2016, in Victoria. A vigil will be held, and a rosary will be recited, 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, with interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on March 2, 1930, in Uvalde to Anita (Talamantez) and Florentino B. Gonzales. She married Tom Pace on April 6, 1953, in Seguin. Pace is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Pace of Victoria, and Janet Ramirez and husband, Federico, of Austin; one son, Glenn T. Pace and wife, Anita, of Austin; one brother, Robert Gonzales of Uvalde; four grandchildren, Carlos Ramirez, Emilio Ramirez, Tommy Pace and Joshua Pace; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Pace was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one sister, Mary Zamora; and one brother, Charles Elizondo.
Oscar Townsend Moore, 98, of Utopia died on Nov. 30, 2106, at Sid Peterson Regional Memorial Hospital in Kerrville. A graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Vanderpool Cemetery. He was born on April 2, 1918, in Vanderpool to Minnie (Polvado) and Oscar Thomas Moore. The family says he enjoyed taking care of his goat herd, gardening, planting trees and living in the country. He is survived by one son, Douglas Moore and wife, Christa, of Bedford; two sisters, Bonnie Baker of Carrizo Springs, and Joann Baumann of Hondo; two daughters-in-law, Dorothy Moore of Utopia, and Darlene Moore of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilene O’Bryant; parents; and two sons, Dennis Moore and Donn Moore.