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Obituary for Alicia Sandoval Moran

October 21, 1925 - September 28, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 91


Alicia Sandoval Moran, age 91, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. Alicia was born in Laredo, Texas on October 21, 1925 to Filiberto and Elvira (Linares) Sandoval. Alicia graduated from Laredo Martin High School. Soon after she married Oscar Moran in Laredo, prior to his deployment in World War II. While Oscar was deployed, she moved with her parents and siblings to Lincoln, Nebraska. This is where she stayed until Oscar came home from the war. They moved to San Antonio for better opportunities for their family. Alicia returned to school and received her Registered Nursing degree. Her first nursing assignment was at the Robert B. Green county hospital in the emergency room. This is where she spent most of her nursing career until she choose to move into a private practice. She joined a dental office as the office RN and worked to enhance her skills as a Dental Assistant for the office. It was here that she began to show her skills in office management.

Alicia then took a position working for St. Vincent De Paul for a federal program which provided dental health for migrant workers and their families. She managed two dental clinics, as well as, provided assistance to the dentists. As funding was cut for the program, she left this office to work for a Dental Corporation as their office manager. She handled all the front office duties, as well as, staffing responsibilities. She was recruited by another dental corporation and it was from this office that she retired, for the first time. She spent her first retirement with her husband, traveling and taking care of grandchildren. It was during this time that she became the fulltime caregiver for her husband to tend to his health care needs until he passed away in 1994. Alicia came out of retirement after her husband passed to work part time handling the accounting for a law firm. It was from this firm that she retired again, at the age of 80.

Alicia's need to serve the community seemed to be innate. In the early 70s she fundraised and coordinated the opening and maintenance of the San Juan Homes Free Clinic. She would manage and provide nursing for the clinic in the evenings after her normal work day was done. She recruited physicians to donate their time and worked with the housing agency to let them operate at a reduced rent, as the clinic was actually a San Juan Homes apartment.

Alicia coordinated numerous drives and events for the families of the San Juan homes, in partnership with the Salvation Army. Helping the families in need in her parish and community was important to her. Alicia and Oscar were founding members of St. Stephen's Catholic Church. She committed her time and fundraising skills to help build the church and parish. Whether it was getting donations from the business community or running the church bingo, she was in constant support of the church.

Alicia was also concerned with issues of social justice for the Latino community and became a member of LULAC in 1984. In 2002, her commitment was recognized and she was inducted into the LULAC Women's Hall of Fame. In 2011, she was awarded the LULAC National Presidential Medal of honor for her years of service to the league. She remained a member until her passing.

Even after retirement and as things got harder for her, Alicia's need to serve continued. She became a volunteer for the Christian Assistance Ministry, where she helped to serve the homeless community of San Antonio.

Alicia was an amazing cook and in her spare time loved making tamales and baking oatmeal cookies for friends and family; the holidays will never be the same without her. She loved traveling, especially to Las Vegas, and had a great sense of humor. She loved to laugh. She loved music, dancing and was known for her occasional grito. She was a wonderful and strong mother, and a kind and gentle grandmother. She always lived to love unconditionally and to help others. Alicia will be tremendously missed and never forgotten.

Alicia is preceded in death by her parents, Filiberto and Elvira Sandoval; her husband, Oscar Moran; her son, Fernando Moran; her daughter, Elsa Moran-Valverde; and her brother, Juan Sandoval.

Alicia is survived by her sisters, Elvira Gonzales and Olivia Contreras; children, Oscar Moran (Margaret), Yolanda Gutierrez, Elizabeth Moran-Degen (Edward), Yvette Moran (Emilio), Daniel Valverde son in-law; six grandchildren, Michele Huron (Richard), Dain Moran (Nancy), Lee Gutierrez, Monica Valverde, Daniel Valverde, Paris Moran; six great grandchildren, Caleigh, Dylan, Carson, Oscar, Alyssa, Zoe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 8th from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary on McCullough.

7:00 PM

9:30 AM

10:00 AM

Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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