Weslaco: Carmen Medrano, 93, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Amara Hospice in Edinburg,Tx surrounded by her children. Carmen was born on November 1, 1927, to Guadalupe and Barbarita Aguirre in Houston, Texas.
She and her seven siblings moved to Weslaco after the untimely death of their father. They were raised in Weslaco by their mom and step-father, Miguel Ramirez. Carmen met her soulmate, Nicolas Medrano, when they were both young children. They were married in 1945 and had nine children.
Carmen was a model homemaker, loving, caring, and nurturing. Carmen was also a very hard worker. She and Nicolas worked as migrants in their early married years. While Carmen was raising all of her children, she still managed to hold down a full-time job. Many people will remember Carmen for her dedication to Weslaco ISD, where she committed twenty-eight years of service in the custodial department.
Carmen always kept busy and didn’t take much time for herself. When she found time to relax, she was still serving others; crocheting blankets for her family and friends was her favorite pastime. Carmen also loved keeping her mind active and enjoyed her daily word search puzzles. Carmen loved to cook, and when her children and grandchildren came to visit, she would greet them with a delicious meal, no matter what hour of the day or night. Her tamales were a welcome staple, especially at Christmas time. As busy as life was, Carmen managed to make it to the beauty shop every Saturday and always kept herself looking beautiful and kept together.
Carmen was a devout Catholic and had a servant attitude. Her home was a welcoming place of comfort for all of her family and friends. She was relentless in her effort to help others in need, whether it was her children, grandchildren, family, or friends.
Carmen is preceded in death by her parents, Guadalupe Aguirre and Barbarita Lugo Ramirez, step-father, Miguel Ramirez, loving husband, Nicolas Medrano, children, Tiburcio Medrano, Paula Medrano, and Jesusa Medrano, great-grandchildren, Keileigh Andrea Villarreal, Austin Ryan DeNeale, and Avery Carreon, siblings, Martin Aguirre, Juan L. Aguirre, Andrea Garza, Julian Aguirre, Ramona Martinez, Amada Aguirre (who passed one day prior).
She is survived by her children, Adolfo Medrano (Minerva Medrano+), Sylvia Martinez (J.D. Martinez), Juanita Villareal (Samuel Villareal), Elida Villarreal (Reynaldo Villarreal), Viola Cano (Norberto Cano), Rene Medrano (Santos Medrano), sisters Olivia Ramirez, and Margarita Ramirez, 14 grandchildren, Tiburcio Medrano, Nicholas Medrano, Cristella Medrano, Marisol Kehoe, Vanessa Newberry, Marissa Garza, Nicole Villarreal, Karmen Villarreal, Ray Villarreal, Andres Villarreal, Amanda Carreon, Rene Medrano Jr., Jacob Medrano, and Aaron Medrano, 13 great-grandchildren, Isaak Medrano, Alizandra Medrano, Aryanna Medrano, Gavin Newberry, Macy Pena, Juan Garza Jr., Jaythan Garza, Kelsey Villarreal, Kyler Villarreal, Anissa DeNeale, Riley DeNeale, Ashton Carreon, and Amelia Carreon, Two great-great grandchildren, Natalee Pena, Mason Pena, and numerous nephews and nieces. Visitation will be Monday, February 8, from 2-9 pm, with a rosary at 6 pm. Family and friends will be invited to share stories on Monday evening, and services will be live-streamed via YouTube. The funeral service will begin at 10 am on Tuesday February 9, at McCaleb Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service, 11 am, at Sacred Park Cemetery.