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Ms. Alicia R. Alvarado

Obituary for Ms. Alicia R. Alvarado

July 31, 2018
San Antonio, Texas


It is with great sadness that the family of Alicia R. Alvarado announces her passing. On July 31, 2018, Alicia went to be with her heavenly Father, following a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. Alicia was born in Morgan City, Louisiana to Willi Beatrice Martinez and Dionicio C. Martinez. Alicia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Alicia is preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Penelope Saldana and Sylvia Wildberger. She is survived by her two loving children, Juan (Laura) Alvarado Jr. and Veronica (John) Rodriguez; sisters, Sandy Solis and Connie (Joe) Gonzales; brothers, Dennis (Mary) Martinez, and Donald Martinez. "Nana" is also survived, and lovingly remembered, by her four grandchildren, Emily, Ethan, Genivieve, and Camille, whom Alicia cherished beyond words.

Alicia married and started her little family in 1967, moving with her active duty military husband to Washington, then California, and settling in the city where she grew up, San Antonio, Texas, in 1978. Alicia went on to serve her country as a federal worker with the United States Department of Defense that same year. She celebrated a decorated career as a Human Resources Classification Specialist with the Air Force Personnel Center (AFpc) at Randolph A.F.B., San Antonio, Texas, and retired in 2008 with over 30 years of service. During the early stages of the AFpc establishment, Alicia was selected to work at The Pentagon Washington D.C. to conduct training due to her expertise as a Classification Specialist, an accomplishment few had achieved. Following retirement, she was asked to return to the Civil Service as a re-employed annuitant because of her professionalism, expertise, and demeanor. A close friend described Alicia as having a "very fine analytical mind."

Although Alicia had a very successful career, she would want to be remembered, more, for her role as a mother and grandmother. Jay and Veronica were her priorities and she showered them with love, praise and attention, and as adults, with great respect. As the grandchildren arrived, Alicia (Nana) assisted in their rearing with true love and compassion. She attended every scholastic event, sports meet, recital, and religious ceremony associated with her dear "grandbabies." She assisted in funding the expense of parochial schools and supported a Catholic education for her grandbabies. For the last three years, she picked up her eldest granddaughter from school, every day, rain or shine. Until a week before her passing, Alicia, still, ran her grandchildren on errands and took them to lunch at a favorite eatery, Sea Island. As her youngest grandchildren were growing up in Corpus Christi, she often traveled, alone, to visit and assist in their care. She was not comfortable driving such a far distance, alone, but she did it to help her son and to spend time with her youngest grandbabies. Alicia was a vocal advocate for her children and grandchildren. She could analyze a situation and offer new and different points of view and insight. There was no battle too fierce to fight, no sacrifice too great, no pain or hardship too intense to bear, for her children and grandchildren.

When she wasn't with her children or grandchildren, Alicia enjoyed shopping online, tending to her home and yard, collecting an expansive library of music (CD's) and movies (DVD's), spending time with close friends and neighbors, eating out with her brothers and sisters, attending Mass at St. Helena's, reciting the Rosary, participating at the local senior center, and reading mystery novels.

Her children wish to express their most heartfelt gratitude to those who offered friendship and assistance to Alicia. This includes Raul Gonzalez who not only kept her yard beautiful, but helped out wherever she needed. Donna and David Rose, who offered neighborly assistance and wonderful conversations. Martha Smith, who offered wisdom and modeled style. Gloria Reinholt, a very dear friend and confidant with whom Alicia could share feelings and opinions without judgement.

Alicia's kindness, candor, generosity, and ability to listen without judgement will be missed, immensely, by everyone who knew and loved her.

A visitation will begin Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary North with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at St. Helena's Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. with interment to follow at a later date.

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