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Mary Vera Jacobs

Obituary for Mary Vera Jacobs

January 19, 1934 - August 1, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 83


Mary Vera Jacobs, 83, was born on January 19, 1934, in Brownsville, Texas, to Alberto Vera and Celia Gomez Vera. Almighty God, whom she loved so dearly, opened His gates, and took her into His loving embrace on Tuesday August 1, 2017. The heart and soul of her family, Mary is survived by her devoted husband, Jim Jacobs, Lt. Col., Retired; adoring daughter, Dr. Thelma Duffey; beloved sons, Richard (Kim) and Jon Phillip Hinojosa, treasured grandchildren, Rob Duffey (Rachel), Madelyn Duffey, Olivia Hinojosa, and Camille Roy, and her precious great-grandson, Max Duffey. She is also survived by her step daughter, Danielle Applegate (Mark); children, Angela and Melissa Applegate, Rebecca (Joe) Mosier, and Rachel (Chase) Borden; great-grandchildren Lily and Lila Mosier and Oliver Borden. She will also be missed greatly by her brother, Hector Vera; sisters, Yolanda Garcia and Olga Trevino; sister in law, Irma Vera, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Alberto and Arnoldo Vera.

Profoundly dedicated to others, and to her Lord, Mary held service and leadership roles throughout her life. Among these, she served as President of her service sorority, the Lambda Rho Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha in her early years, and was later President of Women's Aglow Fellowship, both in Brownsville. Mary also served in numerous leadership roles at the Church of Glad Tidings, in Austin, and was deeply committed to, and involved in the First Assembly of God Second Half of Life ministry in San Antonio. Mary was a longtime member of Community Bible Study (CBS), and served as an administrative leader for many years until recently.

Mary was blessed with God-given grace, beauty, wisdom, humor, and a loving heart. She shared her boundless capacity to love with family, friends, and anyone in need. Mary also shared her gift of service with everyone she met. She truly delighted in providing compassionate and practical support to others, and led a life of kindness and consideration. Her legacy lives through the love she shared with others and the difference she made in the lives of all who knew her. In addition to missionary work in Bolivia, Hungary, and Mexico, she unwaveringly served those around her in her daily life, and she was the trusted and spiritual rock of her family across generations.

Prior to retirement, Mary led a dutiful professional life, including Assistant to the Bishop of Brownsville; Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Brownsville Savings and Loan Association, Brownsville; Assistant to the President of Pan American University-Brownsville; and she spent a number of years in the Texas State Capitol, retiring as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee.

Mary loved life and bringing people together. A memorial service and celebration of Mary's remarkable life will be held on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm, at San Antonio First Assembly of God Church located at 13435 West Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78216. Interment will be at Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery at a later date.

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