Maria del Rosario Lopez de Ramirez was born on August 4, 1941, in Reynosa, Tamaulipas to her parents Leopoldo Lopez and Severina Ojo de Agua de López, who preceded her in death along with her sister Gloria Lopez de Hernandez, brother Sebastian Lopez Ojo de Agua, Dominguito Lopez Ojo de Agua and Aurelio Lopez Ojo de Agua, granddaughter Dessirae Faith Cavazos and her beloved husband Jose Simon Ramirez. She is survived by her sisters Paula Lopez de Zavala and Margarita Lopez Ojo de Agua, and her brothers Leopoldo Lopez Ojo de Agua and Rogelio Lopez Ojo de Agua. She is survived by her children, Rosa Elia (Javier) Doria of Weslaco, Mary (Omar) Perez of La Villa, Rosa Elvia (Marco) Romero of La Villa, Raquel (Moises) Espinoza of Weslaco, and Roxanne (Juan) Pacheco of Weslaco. She is survived by her grandchildren Ariel Rubie Perez, Adrian Ramirez, Dylan Omar Perez, Jessica Doria, Alexandra Marie Espinoza, Natalie Marie Cavazos, Andrea Rae Espinoza, Sierrah Lynn Perez, Kassandra Doria, Simon Anthony Romero, Breanna Lee Cavazos, Robert Samuel Romero, Audrey Renee Espinoza, and Mandy Delanie Cavazos.
Maria exemplified all the goodness in the world. She was a loving, kind, generous, and a beautiful soul. She was a survivor. Life threw hardships at her but she persevered and pushed on with humility and strength.
She excelled in mathematics, especially multiplication, even though she went to elementary school up to 2nd grade. She had to leave school in order to take care of her ailing mother when she was only 7 years old. She started working at a young age in order to provide for her siblings and afford her father’s medication. She owned her own food stand business where she would sell her favorite foods from menudo, pozole, chiles rellenos, tacos. Maria also had several farm animals including a cow, a bull, a becerrito that she would bottle feed, numerous pigs and chickens. She would make cheese from the cows milk for her family to enjoy. Maria believed in working hard with humility and faith in the Lord. She was determined and would make sacrifices for her family and for the greater good. When the family purchased their first home, Maria took her older daughters up north to work in the fields while her husband stayed in Weslaco with the younger daughters, in order to save money to pay for the house and for her husband to be able to keep his full time job at the Maseca in Edinburg. Her resilience and perseverance allowed her to save enough money to pay off their home within 3 years of going up north. He worked at this company for 44 years including 15 years in Mexico; throughout this time, Maria was the force and support that strengthened him and kept him able to continue to work. She would wake up at 5 a.m. every morning to make him his breakfast and lunch for 59 years.
She was a spiritual person, a humble and devoted Catholic. Her faith knew no bounds. She entrusted the Lord to guide and protect her. She would give her daughters her blessings by doing the sign of the cross every day of her life and would persinarnos and say “por la señal de la Santa Cruz, de nuestros enemigos libranos Señor Dios nuestro, en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo, Amen and would follow by “que Dios la bendiga a mija”!
She was married to the love of her life for 58 years. They led a righteous life filled with love, peace, integrity, unity, compassion, kindness and inspired goodness in others. She devoted her life to her husband, her daughters, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and anyone who walked into her life. Maria was the kind of person that would give generously to someone in need. She loved serving others with an open heart. She was filled with love and compassion; many people give testimony about her generosity and how she touched their lives and inspired them to be better.
She loved cooking. The kitchen was her passion. She would make breakfast and lunch for her husband until the day he retired from work at the age of 78. She would make excellent meals for her family and enjoyed the unity of her family gathering together at her table. She loved singing; there was not a time where her angelic voice did not fill her home. She loved gardening and would spend time tending to her roses, ivy’s, ferns, laurels, bougainvillea, cacti, corona de Cristo, fruit trees: misperos, guayabas, peaches, and lemon trees. She loved to spend her time outside in her garden, nurturing her roses. She would take time and watch classic Mexican movies with her grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren. She cared for them and gave them the love and advice only a grandmother can give.
Anyone who knew Maria felt the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ reflected in every action of her life. Heaven has gained an angel and we will forever hold her in our hearts.
Gracias Abuelita y Madre por tanto amor, por todas tus bendiciones, por enseñarnos que el amor de Dios es infinito y por darnos lo mejor de ti. Ya no habrá más sufrimiento para ti Maria. Te haz ganado el Cielo y ahora disfrutas de la Gloria de Dios Bendito.