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Virginia S Uriegas

Obituary for Virginia S Uriegas

December 28, 1933 - March 9, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 86


Virginia S. Uriegas, age 86, was called home to be with the Lord and died at home on Monday, March 9, 2020. She is now an angel watching over us and welcomed by dad with open arms. Mom was a devoted, dedicated, and loving wife, mother, grandma, and friend. Virginia was born in Elmendorf, TX to parents Monico and Amelia (Gonzales) Sanchez. Virginia worked for Sunshine Laundry before meeting Francisco (Frank) V. Uriegas, whom she married on February 27, 1955. Together they built a home in San Antonio, TX. They were blessed with 62 years of marriage until Frank's death in October 2017. Together Frank and Virginia worked hard to provide for their six children. Virginia devoted her time to caring for her husband and their children. Virginia is survived by her 6 children, Olga Uriegas (Edward DeLaCruz); Anna Uriegas-Cadena (Ken, deceased); Arturo Uriegas (Denise); Gilbert Uriegas; Danny Uriegas (Marilu Rayas); and Sandra Marks (Robert); 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Celestina S. Ortiz and Mary S. Torrez, numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and caretaker to many other children that also called her "grandma." Mom took great pride in caring for her children. The children knew that she would be there when they left for school in the morning and when they returned. She attended field trips when her children were in elementary school, and as one of her children remembers, because she always cared for others, mom was once scolded for buying popcorn and sodas for the group of students she chaperoned. She paid the same kindness at the grocery store. If she was in line and the person in front of her did not have enough money to cover their items, she would pay the difference. It was an example and gesture her children still remember. Mom's children's friends were also treated with kindness, to the extent that when they grew up, they would come by to see mom. When mom was younger, she enjoyed meeting friends at McCreless Mall to shop and eat at Luby's or Orange Julius. As her children grew and married, she became a mother-in-law and grandmother and loved each in her own way. A visit to mom's meant she was going to try to feed you regardless if you said "we just ate." She knew the treats each of her children, in laws and grandchildren enjoyed and always made sure she had them when they went to visit. Mom and dad ensured holidays were filled with gifts and food. Mom liked throwing out her sayings, "No one knows what is in the pot but the spoon that stirs it," or sayings in Spanish that you didn't understand how funny they were until you were older and repeated them to your own kids. Two of the things we missed most as mom became ill were her sarcasm and sense of humor. One thing we talk about and some of you may know about as well, is that even as she fell ill, she always had to have her purse nearby. It went from being on her lap when she was well, to being in her walker as she grew ill. We all joke that when mom went to someone's house, out to eat, or the doctor's office, she kept her purse on her lap as if someone was going to snatch it. It became a joke and she played along. Mom would give you a look and roll her eyes at you if you asked her for her purse to put it away. As we look back at mom's life, we know we often took for granted everything mom gave up to care for dad while he worked and also served in the Air Force Reserves, along with raising her six children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...something so many of us don't and can't do anymore. She always said she would do it all the same and wouldn't change anything. Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Parkinson's took so much from mom but she was stronger than we knew and a fighter to the end. Mom is free at last and with Dad, the love of her life. As we mourn our mother, let's also celebrate that she is with dad and that she is free from such a horrible disease. Please hold on to the special memory you may have of mom by sharing and keeping her memory alive. We LOVE you mom, thank you for being a great woman, a great wife, devoted mother and a wonderful grandma to many.

The Uriegas family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice Nurses, the Chaplain, CNAs Gigi and Carla for their compassion, dedication, and care. The siblings also thank Anna for her dedication to mom. We would also like to thank the in-home caretakers that tended to mom's needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the last few years.

Due to current limitations on group size caused by the corona virus, funeral services will be private. Virginia will be laid to rest at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

You are welcome to mail a photo of yourself to and provide Virginia's name, your name, and a message of support for the family. Your note will be placed on the back of the photo for the family to see, allowing the family to read your message and know that you are there for them in spirit.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Dementia, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Foundations.

Services Will Be Private

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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