Refugia ‘Cuca’ Cuellar

Refugia “Cuca” Cuellar, 86, of Uvalde died on Jan. 3, 2014, at her residence. She was born on July 5, 1927, in Knippa to Guadalupe Barrera Diaz and Eugenio Diaz. She is survived by four daughters, Clara Balderama and husband, Mario, of Uvalde, Ilda Cuellar and husband, Jose Cortez, of San Antonio, Josie Cuellar and Edna Cuellar, both of Uvalde; three sons, Gilbert D. Cuellar Jr. and wife, Dominga, of Rosenberg, Ruben Cuellar and wife, Dora, and Hector Cuellar and wife, Becky, all of Uvalde; one sister, Carmen Vela of Indiana; three brothers, Pablo Diaz and wife, Sara, of Florida, Eugenio Diaz Jr. and wife, Delma, of Ohio and Gilberto Diaz and wife, Golda, of South Dakota; nine grandchildren, Victoria Ann Cuellar, Gilbert Cuellar III, Simon Eugene Cuellar, Cathy Barton, Debbie Flores, Eric Cuellar, Hector Cuellar Jr., Briana Marie Cuellar and Nick Velachfouski; three great-grandchildren, Brandon Balderama, Gianna Balderama and Sarah Luz Balderama. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilberto Cuellar; parents; two sisters, Anita Alfaro and Alicia De Leon; one brother, Raul Diaz; and one grandson, Randy Cuellar. A rosary was recited on Saturday and a vigil was held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass was held Monday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gilberto Cuellar III, Eric Cuellar, Simon Cuellar, Hector Cuellar Jr., Nick Velachfouski and Brandon Balderama.
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