Alberto “Beto” Arriola passed away last Sunday November 15, 2020 in the arms of his cherished bride for over 70 years, Mrs Margarita Arriola. He was born, raised, and loved in Corpus Christi for a well-lived 89 years.
Beto is survived by his three sons Freddy Arriola, Barlow Arriola, and Mark Arriola, and his six daughters Grace Jeans, Norma Tuttle, Christina Martinez, Diana Peralez, Eva Godsey, and Lisa Collins. His children blessed him with 22 surviving grandchildren, and more great and great-great grandchildren than can be counted.
He was an army veteran, a butcher, a bus driver, a landscaper, but by far his lifelong career was providing for and protecting his beloved wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He worked hard his entire life so that his family could have just a little bit more, and could carry their heads just a little bit higher. Many times he took the role of father for his grandchildren because he felt that’s what they deserved.
He never sugared the rim when he poured a shot of truth, but that’s exactly who he was. He told you exactly how he felt, because whether you knew it or not he believed in you. After decades of being rough around the edges he still sat in his garage and smoked his cigarettes, but he held his babies just a little bit tighter, and just a little bit closer. Our Popo melted like butter for his beautiful little granddaughters calling them his “sunshine” and his “princesses.”
When it came to religion his answer was “I don’t believe in that,” but there wasn’t another man who came closer to god in his family’s hearts. He was the patriarch of our family, and will be eternally loved and missed.
Beto’s family asks that instead of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Reid Chapel. Inurnment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
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