Once upon a time, a little princess named Nelda was born on August 2, 1975, in Weslaco, Texas. The little princess was perfect. She was a happy baby and never cried. She entered her eternal life on Saturday, September 18th, 2021.
Nelda grew up with her two brothers, they always picked on her, but her brothers made her tough. She played football and baseball with them. Nelda got tackled many times, but she would never give up.
Nelda was very protective of her younger brother, Roby, because they were two years apart. Nelda also scolded Roby and felt it was her duty as a big sister. Nelda had Roby's back his whole life, stern and loving, at school, around his friends, and even when he was scared at night, Roby would often jump in bed with his big sister for comfort and security.
Nelda loved school from the time she enrolled. She was eager to learn new things and enjoyed studying. Nelda did not need to be reminded about homework or projects, and heaven forbid she would bring home a "C." A "C" didn't often happen for Nelda, but when it did, she was devastated.
Nelda loved to watch movies, eat popcorn and flower seeds. So we invented movie night as family entertainment. I (mom) would make homemade pizzas and make sure we had enough flower seeds and popcorn.
In 1991, a new movie called "Regarding Henry" with Harrison Ford was released. Nelda was in middle school and out for the holidays when the movie aired. "Regarding Henry" was about a New York City lawyer who struggles to regain his memory and recover his speech and mobility after surviving a shooting. This movie had a significant impact on Nelda. She said to me that she wanted to be an occupational therapist because she wanted to help people. I was very supportive and advised her that she could become anything she wanted. Nelda had all the qualities that it takes to be an occupational therapist. She was sweet, kind, soft-spoken, patient, caring, humble, loving, and most of all, she was beautiful to the core of her heart.
Nelda graduated high school, and she wanted to live, study and see the world. Her journey began, and she attended Pan American University, then went on to the University of Alaska, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Private Christian University), then on to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. Nelda did her Internship at Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas, and Shriner's Burn Hospital in Galveston. On August 20, 2004, Nelda graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. It was no surprise that Nelda received an extra award and medal for being the most friendly student.
There were many times that she would call me and say, "Mom, I need your encouraging words and motivation because if it were not for you, I would not be where I am today." So I kept her motivated through the years. Robert and I would visit her as much as possible and treat her to dinner during her college years. We made sure her pantry was full when we left and gave her our blessing.
After becoming an occupational therapist, Nelda's first job was in Raymondville. So naturally, she needed a car. Nelda was excited. She had a sign-on bonus and was buying her first car on her income. Dad took her car shopping and came home with a Canary yellow Mustang. I asked her when she got home," why did you pick that color"? She replied, "Mom, that's the only color they had, and I need a car, but this is not the car of my dreams, my dream car is Mercedes, and after I work for a couple of months, I will be getting my Mercedes." Well, lo and behold, she earned that Mercedes and never drove anything different throughout her life. Robert and I were so proud of the beautiful woman I encouraged and God created. She could stand on her own two feet and handle anything.
In 2010, Nelda opened up her own business "Embracing Care Therapy LLC" in Edinburg, Texas. Nelda opened up her massive heart to all little patients. The business thrived, and Nelda needed help. Soon, Embracing Care LLC became a family business. I (mom) helped out in the office, and Nelda was my boss. Her oldest brother, Oscar, was the Marketing Supervisor and in charge of transportation, picking up the kids for therapy and taking them back to their home or school. Nelda's two cousins/helped with keeping the patients entertained in the waiting area. Nelda always provided her little patients with backpacks and essential school supplies. During the holidays, all the patient's families would get a turkey and all the fixings as a gift from Embracing Care Therapy. Nelda would buy little girl and boy clothes to keep on hand because patients often came in with worn clothing. The kids would light up when we sent them home with new clothes, which made Nelda so happy. Serving others is in Nelda's DNA. She was a unique soul with a big heart. In 2010, Nelda met Aron Posada. In 2012, she closed her business, and my beautiful daughter moved to Florida to start a family.
Nelda and Aron had two beautiful little girls, Zoe and Adylen. They were the love of Nelda's heart and soul. Mommy loved you so much, and she will forever be your guardian angel.
While in Florida, Nelda worked at St. Mary's Hospital, Outpatient Services. During that time, she was offered a job with The Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute, where she became the head occupational therapist. Nelda worked side by side with other therapists and with Dr. Feldman, an Orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal deformities, degenerative diseases, etc., along with Dr. Paley, who specializes in limb lengthening and reconstruction procedures. They see patients from all 50 states and 80 countries over six continents. Nelda made her own splints as per the doctor's request, and she became world-renowned in her skills and splinting techniques, including the therapy the little patients needed to lead a more normal way of life.
Nelda loved to shop when she had time off. She often took her girls on little shopping sprees and loved spoiling them with something unexpected. She and Aron were best friends, and their days off were always spent together as a family.
Most importantly, Nelda was a child of God. She was a born-again Christian but became incredibly close in 2010. Although it didn't seem possible, Nelda's loving heart grew even more when she put God first in her life. Aron saw the change in his wife. Aron was grateful she had accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nelda and Aron loved and respected each other and prayed often.
We are so proud of our beautiful daughter, wife, mother, niece, granddaughter, and friend for her unprecedented dedication to work, patients, and family. How lucky are we, as her family, to have had her in our lives. We will miss her, but she will always be remembered and be in our hearts.
Nelda is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Jose F. Gomez, and paternal grandparents, Guadalupe and Francisca Ramos.
She is survived by her parents, Esmeralda, and Robert Ramos, maternal grandmother, Maria Elena Gomez, her loving husband and best friend, Aron Posada, beautiful daughters, Zoe and Adylen, brothers, Oscar Gonzales (Dora) and Robert Gonzales (Iris), numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, patients, and friends.
Visitation will be Saturday, September 25th, 4-9 pm, with a prayer service at 7 pm. The prayer service will be streamed via youtube/mccalebfuneralhome. Visitation will continue Sunday, September 24th, 5-9 pm, at McCaleb Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements pending with McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco.