Weslaco: Maria "Thelma" Perez, 65, passed away at her home on May 27th, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Thelma was born on February 6th, 1956, to Romaldo Perez and Alba Mendez Perez in Weslaco, Texas. Thelma was born with Down's Syndrome. She was the second born of four siblings, and they all loved and cherished their special sister.
Thelma loved music, dancing, and singing using her microphone. She enjoyed performing for her family and friends and loved the applause she would receive after her performances.
Thelma also loved role-playing. She always played the leading role in telenovelas, and she would often grab her suitcase to go on virtual getaways to New York, Acapulco, Hawaii.
Thelma's daily life included her devotion to her secretarial work (that any real secretary would be jealous of). Her position consisted of note-keeping, typing important documents, answering the phone, and taking messages. She was able to do all of this while being entertained by her favorite show, "El Chavo del Ocho." Thelma loved weddings, and she enjoyed dressing up for her daily marriage to her "boyfriend Ricky" even though the marriage lasted for the day because, by the end of the day, she would return to her desk to stamp the divorce papers officially. Thelma had many roles. Another exciting one was dressing up as a Dr. She loved seeing patients in her office, using her stethoscope to listen to your heart and determine if you needed a SHOT. Of course, everyone did, and the idea was to scream during the injection so she could get a good hearty laugh.
Thelma was a devout Catholic. She faithfully attended mass with mom and dad every Saturday at 5 pm at St. Joan of Arc, where she praised the Lord to her favorite music, such as "Alabare" and Las Mañanitas, for her birthday and other favorites. The Perez family would like to give special thanks to Father. Lee and Father. Francisco for always making Thelma smile, laugh, and feel included in our congregation family.
Finally, Thelma was an example of God's steadfast love. Our parents made sure that there were never any disagreements allowed in our home. Their home had an open-door policy, and anyone and everyone could stop by and get a smile, hug, and big laughter from Thelma, especially if you mentioned her boyfriend, Ricky.
Our angel has gone to heaven and is rejoicing in God's presence, and even though it breaks our hearts to let you go, our faith teaches us that one day we will be together again, so when you hear us knocking at the door, Tama, I hope you open the door for us. We love you, and we will miss you every day.
Thelma's parents are left to cherish her memories, Romaldo and Alba Perez of Weslaco, as well as her brother Alfredo Perez (Maria de los Angeles) of Weslaco, sisters, Velma Lozano (Abelardo) of Katy, Alba Cavazos (Arturo) of Weslaco, nieces and nephews, Ramon Perez, Pat Perez, Fred Perez, Maria de los Angeles Perez, Romaldo Perez, Abel Lozano, Alex Lozano, Stephanie Griffin, Elvis Cavazos, Alba J.Cantu, and Sarah J. Cavazos, numerous grand nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be Monday, May 31st, 10 am-9 pm, at McCaleb Funeral Home, with a time of sharing at 6 pm followed by a rosary at 7 pm. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, June 1st, 2 pm, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Weslaco, followed by burial at Highland Memorial Park.