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Cecilia Fontenot Birch

Obituary for Cecilia Fontenot Birch

July 5, 1944 - May 23, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 75


Cecilia Duane Fontenot Birch was born on July 5, 1944 in Opelousas, Louisiana and passed away at home May 23rd, 2020 after a twelve-year battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Remi Fontenot and Della Viola Grimball Fontenot Dorman and her sisters, Edna Mae Robert, Florine Joy Bourgeois, and Ruby Nell Latour Asher.

Cecilia attended Bayou Chicot High School where she was a member of her school's basketball team and three-time state champion volleyball team. She graduated in 1962 as valedictorian of her class and moved to Baton Rouge where she worked as a nurse's aide at the Baton Rouge General hospital and later as a clerk with the Louisiana State legislature. In 1963 she met her future husband, Shelton while attending Weller Avenue Baptist Church. They were married January 25, 1964. Following Shelton's graduation from LSU and commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force, they began a lifelong journey that would take them from Louisiana to California, Japan, Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, and finally back to San Antonio, Texas. While they were stationed at Norton Air Force Base in California, Cecilia attended Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California where she completed her Associates degree in Accounting. Upon returning to San Antonio, she worked several years for the Datapoint Corporation as an accounting clerk.

Cecilia loved sports, both as a participant and a spectator. She especially loved watching her children participate in high school football, little league baseball, little league softball and high school band. The family put many, many miles on their vehicles travelling all over south Texas to watch their children compete. She loved her San Antonio Spurs and attended many games with friends.

She was a long-time member of Crossroads Baptist Church and dearly loved her church family and especially the members of her Sunday morning Bible Study class. She served on the Tithes and Offerings Counting Committee and worked in the kitchen during Vacation Bible School and during the church's Harvest Festival.

Cecilia reveled in being surrounded by family. Nearly every holiday, vacation, or family birthday was an occasion to visit extended family in Louisiana or to have her children and grandchildren come and visit. She always knew what antics her grandchildren were up to and how each of her children and their spouses were dealing with it. Cecilia enjoyed a good laugh when her grandchildren were giving their parents the same trouble her children gave her. She always found a reason to gather and share love, food and fellowship.
Cecilia is survived by her husband of 56 years, Shelton Ray Birch; children, Karen Parker and husband Christopher Parker, Shelton Ray Birch, Jr (Ray) and wife Jayce Love, Lisa Brown and husband Toby Brown; grandchildren, Michael Parker, Connor Guerra, Jessica Parker, Caroline Birch, Margaret Brown, Natalie Messick, Duncan Messick, Jordan Parker, Dylan Kazanova, Hunter Messick, David Parker, Aidan Brown, Adam Messick, Sayde Kazanova, and Ryder Kazanova. Cecilia is also survived by numerous other relatives, including a large number of nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom she loved dearly.

The family will receive friends on Monday, June 1st at Crossroads Baptist Church, 8300 Tezel Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254 from 8:00 until 9:00 am. Immediately following the visitation will be a celebration of Cecilia's life with Dr. Doug Diehl officiating. Because of COVID-19 concerns, please wear a mask as you enter/exit the building as well as while visiting/singing. Once you are in your seat, you may remove your mask if you wish. We will be observing social distancing guidelines with 50% occupancy which is approximately 220 people.

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Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Regrettably, due to COVID-19 restrictions in place, the internment will be limited to immediate family members. Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Michael Parker, David Parker, Adam Messick, Duncan Messick, Leonard Badal, and Wayne Sipes.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions at Fort Sam Houston Nation Cemetery regarding floral arrangements, please consider contributing to the Crossroad Baptist Church General Fund.

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