Elisa "Celeste" Cavazos Mullen

  • Born: September 15, 1939
  • Died: August 10, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78232

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Elisa "Celeste" Cavazos Mullen, 80, passed away on August 10, 2020 at home in San Antonio after having been diagnosed with stage four Pancreatic Cancer on July 11th. She spent her final days under the care of Guiding Light Hospice, along with her husband and son.

Celeste was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, the daughter of Raul and Elisa "Bebe" Zepeda Cavazos. She is survived by two of her three siblings, Raul A. Cavazos, Jr. of Edinburg, Texas and Mary Lou Freiheit of Canyon Lake, Texas. Her youngest sister, Vera Ticer, died from a ruptured aneurysm on the very day that she retired from her teaching career in 2000. Celeste was married for forty-two years to Patrick Anthony Mullen, a fellow teacher who was raised in Pennsylvania. They have one son, Michael Anthony, who works in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

Along with her two sisters, Celeste graduated from the University of The Incarnate Word and embarked on a long and impactful career in public education. After teaching for ten years in the Rio Grande Valley, she earned her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1972. She then worked in the High Pointe School District in North Carolina, while pursuing a fellowship at Duke University, and before returning to her beloved Texas, where she embarked on a long career in Speech-Language Pathology, mainly with San Antonio's North East Independent School District.

Being fluent in English and Spanish, Celeste was able to be effective as a teacher and therapist to a wide array of people of various ages and cultures. She became particularly knowledgeable of the Autism Spectrum and was a fierce advocate for Autism Awareness. She never fully retired, working in her beloved profession right up until the time of her cancer diagnosis in July.

Celeste was profoundly generous and passionate in her life-long quest to help people in need, and actively campaigned for her Democratic Party's candidates by phone-banking and block-walking right up until the end of her life.

Celeste loved dogs and published three children's books featuring her dogs Lulu and Wally.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Huebner Road in Stone Oak will host her Funeral Mass on Wednesday, August 26th at 10 am. She will be interned at the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery on Friday, August 28th. The family welcomes all who wish to attend a socially-distanced Open House at their home located at 1403 Grey Flint Cove San Antonio, Texas 78258 in the Greystone neighborhood following the Mass. We ask friends who wish they could be present to view the recording of the service via this link:



Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to Patrick Mullen and Michael Mullen. Celeste was an amazing soul and I was always so appreciative of how she helped me get my first life guarding job at Deerfield when I was in high school. When my mom and dad passed away she was always there supporting my sisters and me. I will never forget that kindness and love she blessed us with during those difficult times. Her passion for making the political system fair and ending discrimination and social injustice was inspiring.
She will be missed but never forgotten.

Posted by Rene Sandoval - New York, NY - Family Friend   September 24, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss Celeste was a beautiful soul and I was truly blessed to have crossed paths with her I know our good Lord has welcomed her home

Posted by Sandra Leal-Hernandez - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   August 27, 2020


My deepest sympathy for your loss. Celeste was a beautiful human being throughout. I know she is watching over you both. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a blessing to all she helped throughout her lifetime.

Posted by Zaida Yzaguirre - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   August 26, 2020

Pat and Michael,I'm so sorry to have lost a dear friend who gave so much to help others her whole life.All my prayers are with you.

Posted by Brian Black - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   August 25, 2020

I'm terribly sorry to hear of this..... My absolute condolences to you, your family and friends. I was fortunate enough to meet her this June. She was such a beautiful and lovely person to speak with. I am so incredibly blessed to have crossed paths with her. Heaven is celebrating her arrival! With Sincere Sorrow, Tammy Dines

Posted by Tammy Dines - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   August 24, 2020


My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Posted by Kathy Semlinger - San Antonio, TX - Friend   August 24, 2020

The world has lost a wonderful person. She was sweet and caring and dedicated to her husband and son. May her memory be an eternal blessing.

Posted by Hank Lipsitt - San Antonio, TX   August 24, 2020

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you Pat & your son Michael! May your good memories of Celeste sustain you in the days ahead! Will always remember how kind she was to my Grandmother Consuelo Lozano and my mom Mary Lozano Gutierrez & our family! May she Rest In Peace!
Patsy & Phillip(Skip) Rodriguez

Posted by Patricia Rodriguez - San Antonio, TX - Family   August 24, 2020

Sorry for your loss Patrick. My prayers are with you and your son. Tino Guerra

Posted by Tino Guerra - San Antonio, TX - Friend   August 24, 2020


My deepest condolences to Michael and Pat. May you continue to show her greatness with kindness and love. Not only for each other but all.

Posted by Beverly Bayer - Floresville   August 22, 2020

Our deepest condolences to you Pat and your son Michael. Celeste had a beautiful life with you.

Posted by Art &Cynthia Lindley - Friend   August 22, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Pat and Michael! May God see you through this difficult time.

Posted by Don and Melinda Fitzpatrick - Boerne, TX - Friend   August 21, 2020

Celeste has been a part of our lives since meeting her in 1999. She was not only a neighbor but also a dear Friend who was always there for us no matter the situation. We had many celebrations together and she could be counted on when anything was needed. She was a special lady whose kindness, beautiful smile and loving spirit will be forever treasured in our hearts.

Posted by Nadeem, Brenda, Sabrina and Alana Chowdhury - San Antonio, TX - Friend   August 21, 2020

Patrick and Michael, I have such great memories of my sweet cousin, Celeste. She was such a kind and beautiful person inside and out. My prayers and love go out to both of you and may you find peace and comfort with all your beautiful memories of her.

Posted by Celina Zepeda Oliveira - San Antonio, TX - Family   August 21, 2020

Michael, the beauty and love of your sweet Mother Celeste will shine through you forever.

All my prayers and healing well wishes,
Diane Cary

Posted by Diane Cary - West Hollywood, CA - Friend   August 21, 2020

Patrick and Michael- sending prayers, love and good thoughts to both of you. Hold fast to all those wonderful memories.

Posted by Judith Fabris - Palm Springs, CA - Friend   August 21, 2020

Such a beautiful woman inside and out. Sending so much light and love during this difficult time.

Posted by Carly Jibson - Los Angeles, CA - Family Friend   August 20, 2020

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