Eva R Tavarez
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Eva R. Tavarez, 81, of Alpine, TX entered eternal rest on Saturday, October 22, 2022, in Fort Stockton, TX.
Eva R. Tavarez was born to Trinidad Ozuna Reyes and Guadalupe Wright Rodriguez on November 18, 1940, in Raymondville, Texas. Eva was a hardworking woman, who believed anyone could accomplish anything they wanted to with determination and strength from God. Eva had a strong work ethic from an early age, at the age of 12 she worked at a 5 & Dime store in Raymondville, she would later work more laborious jobs in California. Upon returning to Texas in the early 70s, she worked many jobs as a single mother to provide for her 6 children, in a time where single mothers were uncommonly heard of. Eva was a frugal person, but always made sure her children had clothes on their backs, shoes on their feet and food in their bellies every day. Eva took great pride in being able to provide for her children without any assistance from anyone. She often said she just did what was needed to be done with one hand in front of her and the other on her back with God by her side. Eva would often share the story of her grandmother Juliana telling her that she would someday find true love and happiness coming on a train; but it would only be for a brief moment. Her grandmother Juliana's words would become true when she met and married Ruben J. Tavarez, a Santa Fe railroad worker from Snyder, Texas. Eva met Ruben during a "girls' night out" at the ATU with her friends: Socorro Ramos, Delia Carson, Celestina Gomez, Becky Granado, Mrs. Tala Tarango & Mrs. Lala Mu?iz. Eva was a nourishing and compassionate woman who took care of everyone close to her. She took care of her late mother Lupe for 15 years until she passed, later in life she took care of her late daughter Nola as she battled cancer. Eva took care of both her mother and daughter with love and strength to make the end of their lives comfortable. Eva was a very wise woman, though she would often talk about only finishing the 8th grade, she excelled at mathematics and could calculate equations in seconds, especially at stores when there was a good sale going on. When grandchildren would show Eva their report cards she would tell them about Mr. Gomez, her math teacher, she would always tell them she would outsmart one of the smartest boys in her class at the chalkboard. Eva loved to dance, bake, cook, sew, and quilt blankets for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Eva was an amazing cook; everyone loved her food. Her tortillas, rice, beans, tamales, and thanksgiving turkey and dressing always left plates clean every time. If you were lucky enough, she gave you her secret ingredients to all these dishes, but the most important ingredient was the love and dedication she put in to cooking and that's one ingredient that will be inimitable. Eva was not a materialistic person but a person who valued quality time over materialistic gifts. A gift can always be replaced but a memory is forever. Eva was an amazing mother but an even more amazing grandmother. Eva will be remembered as a strong, wise, independent, hardworking, and loving mother and grandmother.
Eva was preceded in death by her parents: Guadalupe Wright Rodriguez and Trinedad Ozuna Reyes, daughters: Noelia "Nola" Garcia Valenzuela, Leticia "Leti" Garcia Valle, grandson T.J. Huerta, brother Eudelio Wright Reyes, grandparents Juliana Jurado Uranga and John Wright, aunts, and uncles Leonor Wright Granado, Natalia Wright Perkins, Juan Uranga Wright, and Eloy Uranga Wright.
Eva leaves behind her children: Leonor "Nonie" Garcia Huerta, Ruben "Boy" V. Garcia, Guadalupe "Lupe" Garcia, and Eva "Baby" Garcia-Milan, 18 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Frankie Franco, Joe Franco, Michael Valenzuela, Jaime Valenzuela, Jacob Garcia and Augustin Huerta.
A Rosary will be recited on Friday, October 28, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, located at 406 S 6th St., Alpine, TX 79830. A Funeral Mass will follow at 2:30 pm with Rev. Victorino Loresca, officiating. Burial will follow immediately at Holy Angel Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Eternity Funeral Home.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Focus Care of Ft. Stockton, to Doralee and her staff on the 400 hall, Pecos County Home Hospice Team, and to Nancy Olvera and all her staff at Eternity Funeral Home for being so compassionate and making this transition of my mom's new life a beautiful one.