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Rebecca (Becky V.) Rodriguez

Obituary for Rebecca (Becky V.) Rodriguez

February 27, 1929 - July 29, 2017
San Antonioonio, Texas | Age 88

excellent cook and seamstress, sociable, loyal, fiercely protective of her family, and above all, loving

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Rebecca V. Rodriguez was born on February 27, 1929 in Bishop, Texas within one block of where she lived for 85 years. She was the 2nd oldest of 6 children. Her parents Guillerma (Mama Prieta) and Guadalupe Valverde were proud and hardworking immigrants from Tamaulipas, Mexico. She passed away peacefully on July 29th, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
It is hard to describe Mom, but here are words that come to mind: excellent cook and seamstress, sociable, outgoing, determined, unafraid to offer her opinion, stubborn, loyal, fiercely protective of her family, generous, and above all, loving. Like all of us, Mom was shaped by her experiences as a young girl. This included hard work, the loss of her oldest beloved brother while serving his country during WWII, and making her way in a difficult time for young female Hispanics. She not only endured, she blossomed and became the first female Hispanic to graduate from Bishop High School. She then attended and graduated from Durham's Business School in San Antonio. After marrying Fidel Rodriguez, she had a career in nursing for 25 years at the offices of Dr. Clarke Ginther. She retired but after a short period, she decided to embark on a new career and worked at the Bishop City Offices for 15 years. After her second retirement, she volunteered as a Pink Lady at Christus-Spohn hospital in Kingsville, the Food Bank Pantry, and La Amistad, a Catholic thrift shop. She was especially proud to serve as a Eucharistic Minister and lector and was a member of the Altar Society.
Mom had many successes, but her greatest was raising her children and grandchildren with her loving husband Fidel. She fought fiercely to assure that her children were afforded the best educational opportunities available when public schools in Bishop were segregated. Mom had the ability to make an adventure out of every event in her life- this could have been a baseball tournament for her grandson, a trip to Europe, or an average day as a Pink Lady volunteer. She was at her best when she was at the hunting lease and hunted well into her 80's. Her pan de campo was legendary, with no leftovers for those that were not present. She was the greatest fan the San Antonio Spurs could ever have. She was an avowed Aggie Mom the instant she set foot on the campus of Texas A & M in College Station. Mom and her best friend Susie Morales were often compared to Lucy Arnez and Ethel Mertz because their adventures were numerous and hysterically funny. Generations of friends in Bishop celebrated weddings, quincenieras or funerals, with Mom's famous arroz con pollo. Her pancakes, gorditas and corn tamales are also
legendary.

Becky married the love of her life, Fidel Rodriguez on April 24, 1949 at Saint James Catholic Church in Bishop, Texas. As their family started to grow, Becky and Fidel travelled to West Texas and back to Bishop where they eventually made their home, raised their children, and retired. Fidel and Becky enjoyed many weekends in their Ranchito outside of Ben Bolt. It was there that family and friends gathered to slaughter a hog, a goat, make tamales or chicharones, tell old stories, and make new memories.

Becky and Fidel's children are Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. (Anabel), Edna Guerra, Patricia Boone (Daniel), and Julian Rodriguez (Nina). The grandchildren are Mariah Boone (Tom); Omar (Leslie) Guerra, Sara (Ross) Elliott; Fidel III, Carlos, and Analisa Rodriguez; Alex and Brianna Rodriguez. The great-grandchildren are Mimosa Thomas and Marigold Boone; and Dos Elliott.

She is preceded in death by her husband Fidel Rodriguez, her parents Guadalupe and Guillerma Valverde, and her brothers Ismael and Abel Valverde. She is survived by her brother Samuel (Mickey) Valverde and sisters Idolina (Nina) Bernal, and Irma Rodriguez. Her extended family includes many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and the many lives she touched. A very special thanks to the many caregivers and nurses at the Village of the Incarnate Word and Sister Care in San Antonio. Their kindness and love for Mom was special beyond words. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sister's Care at the Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78207. VISITATION WILL BE TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST AT 5:30 PM FOLLOWED BY A 6:30 PM ROSARY AT PORTER LORING MORTUARY, 1101 MCCULLOUGH AVE. MASS WILL BE RECITED AT 10:00 AM ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017 AT ST. FRANCIS de PAULA CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. VICTORIA ST.; SAN DIEGO, TX 78384. INTERMENT IN SAN DIEGO CEMETERY #2, SAN DIEGO, TEXAS. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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