Weslaco: Eufemia A. Vargas, 91, passed away at her home on Sunday, December 5, 2021. On March 20, 1930, Eufemia was born to Victoriano Alanis and Mercedes Gonzales in San Diego, Texas. She grew up in Weslaco with six siblings. Eufemia worked as a migrant when she was young. She also worked in the restaurant industry as a young adult, but once Eufemia had children, she became a homemaker and earned extra money by babysitting.
Eufemia had six children, Arturo, Onofre, Esmeralda, George, Petra, Diana, and her beloved pets, who she treated like children. Eufemia was a great homemaker, always putting others before herself. In addition, she was an excellent cook. Eufemia's meals were made with lots of love, delicious and memorable. Eufemia also enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crocheting, but family gatherings were the most important events.
Eufemia enjoyed playing bingo, Loteria, and buying scratch-offs. She played Loteria every Sunday. She loved food and family. Eufemia had a witty sense of humor and was tough enough to handle anything life could throw at her.
Eufemia was also a Christian woman who believed in the power of prayer. She prayed daily for her children and read the Bible and Christian devotionals. Eufemia’s relationship with Christ became stronger over time, and so did her faith. She grew in wisdom and always had encouraging words for her children and grandchildren.
Eufemia is preceded in death by her parents, Victoriano and Mercedes Alanis, her husband, Leonel Vargas, son, Onofre Vargas, sisters, Maria Valdez, Sylvestra Perez (Pedro), Isabelle Salas (Thomas), Victoria Salinas (Elmo), brother, Isidro Alanis (Melida), sons-in-law, Oscar J. Garcia (husband of Petra), Leo Soloman (husband of Esmeralda), and granddaughter, Martha Marie Moreno.
She is survived by her children, Arturo Contreras, Esmeralda Blanco, George Moreno, Petra V. Garcia, and Diana Vargas (Erasmo Esparza), brother, Rogelio Alanis (Adela), sister, Connie Valdez, grandchildren, Michelle Rodriguez (Jeffrey), Cynthia Garcia (Baldo), Thomas Blanco, Jennifer Rios (Juan), Jonathan Gonzalez (Denise), Amalia Gonzalez, Loraine Partida (Rey), Amalia Gonzalez, Eufemia Garcia (Mike), Melissa Moreno, George Moreno, Connie May Sanchez (Sam), Connie Lin Garcia, Ernie Rey Garcia, Jeffrey Esparza, Joseph Esparza, twenty-two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved chihuahuas Chico and Nena.
Visitation and life celebration will be Tuesday, December 7th, 10 am-9 pm, and Wednesday, December 8th, 10 am-9 pm, with a prayer service at 7 pm on Wednesday, followed by private cremation.
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