It is with great sadness Palmira Rodriguez, age 87, passed away peacefully in her home on September 21, 2018, She was born on December 16, 1930, in Corpus Christi Tx, to Manuel Camacho Perez and Susana Arispe Garcia. She grew up in tough times left school at an early age to work in the cotton fields, then years later traveled to Idaho to pick potatoes for a short time. Palmira then worked at the Melba Theater for years at downtown Corpus Christi. She was known to be a workaholic, at one point she held 3 jobs to make ends meet and just truly enjoyed working.
Her hobbies were dancing, music, enjoyed organizing her scrapbook family photo albums, collecting wedding invitations, movie tickets, newspaper clippings. She prepped the albums so beautifully telling a fulfilling story of her eventful moments in her life from family generations, to her young youth, holidays, to a newborn creating cherished memories for the family. Palmira was also known for her cooking, her one of kind enchiladas, the amazing fried chicken, and her most famous flour tortillas ever! You could eat about 5 of those alone without a meal. The family has yet to conquer her recipes.
On March 27, 1969, Palmira married her old time sweetheart from her early years Gunnery Sergeant Juan Jimenez Rodriguez in Oceanside, California where he was stationed and shortly after retired from the Marine Corps. The couple resided in Corpus Christi, TX.
Palmira will be forever remembered by her husband of 49 years. As life’s journey continued Palmira experienced the most devastating tragedy in her lifetime in having to deal with a loss of child (Edwardo) at an early age to a tragic accident. Where there are no words, a piece of her heart was forever broken. She now can reunite in Heaven and rekindle the love a mother treasures beyond measures. Palmira, will also rejoin with her Loving Best Friend, Mother Susana and her confidant, sister Angie, whom she held both so dear to her heart. As Palmira later in life developed Alzheimer’s she would repeatedly ask for her sister and mom, it will be a nice, warm loving reunion. Palmira is survived by her immediate family daughters, and sons, Alma Villegas, Joe Aguirre, Domingo Leija Jr, Adrian Leija, Hopie Leija, Terry Lain, nephew Gilbert Tamez, cousins Tamez family, in-laws, 9 grand children, and 6 great grand children.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Corpus Christi Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. that same evening.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.
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