Angelica F. “Hermana Gonzales” Gonzales, 85, Christian, wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother peacefully joined her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
She is welcomed in Heaven by her parents, Adela and Felix Fuentes; sister, Lupita Garcia; sister, Petra Pena; brother, Jose Garcia; brother, Jose Gonzales; and brother, Rene Fuentes.
Angelica was born in Yorktown, Texas on July 23, 1932. She moved to Corpus Christi at a young age where she spent the remainder of life. Her teenage years were full of youth and beauty. She was named the “Mariposa Queen” of the San Diego Dance Hall in her teens.
She married the love of her life, Ray B. Gonzales, on February 17, 1951. They shared 66 years of marriage.
Angelica worked at various jobs throughout her life, but became a familiar face to many while working at the Coffee Shop inside the former Memorial Hospital. She spent years making friends from all walks of life, listening and talking to them as they visited family in the hospital.
Angelica’s pride rested in her family. She raised one daughter and three sons. All of her children attended Roy Miller High School. Angelica bled purple and gold. Angelica’s joy lived in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Angelica spent many years worshipping at Primera Asamblea Iglesia de Dios. She made lifelong “hermanas” and became passionately involved in groups in the church like the Tuesday Prayer Group, Women’s Ministries and the Boys & Girls Missions Crusade/Challenge Buddy Barrel program. She was a Sunday school teacher for years. In the final years of her life, she became a faithful member of Marantha Pentacostal Church.
Angelica is survived by her beloved husband Ray; her children Lidia (Ricardo) Lopez; Reymundo “Buck” “Cuate” (Delia) Gonzales; Roberto “Bobby” (Felicitas) Gonzales; and Juan “Juanio” (Laura) Gonzales. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Omar Gabriel Lopez (Robert Coy); Amanda Rae (Freddie) Garcia; Sandra Nicole (Robert) Castaneda; Daniel Ray Lopez; Julissa Balboa; Johnny (Ruby) Gonzales; Reymundo “Buck” Felix (Crystal) Gonzales; Richard Paul (Victoria) Lopez; Robert Phillip (Kelly) Gonzales; Sergio Gonzales; and Christopher Gonzales. She is survived by 11 great-grandchildren: Gavin, Evan, Vivian, Daviney Rae, Danica Nicole, Nikki Rae, Brielle Nykole, Ryker Buck, Noah Richard, Olivia Grace and Ysabella Rose.
Visitation and prayer service will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, at the Reid Chapel at Seaside Funeral Home. A short service will be the held the next day at Reid Chapel at 10 a.m. with interment to follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the team of medical professionals who cared for Angelica through the end of her life on Earth, especially Dr. Mohamad Ghraowi and his devoted staff of Nurse Elida and Nurse Lupe Pacheco; and Dr. Jack L. Cortese and the staff at DaVita Morgan Avenue Dialysis. The family is also thankful to Angel Bright Hospice who made Angelica and the entire family comfortable during her final journey home.