SANDIA, Texas - Richard Preston Franklin, 69, passed away June 10, 2007 at his home at Pernitas Point. He was born January 31, 1938 in Poteet, Texas to Henry M. and Willie Lee Franklin. He was retired from the oilfield and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Alice Country Club and the Exxon Traveling Group.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Franklin of Sandia, Texas; three daughters, Rebecca Lynne (Jacob Eddie) Brown III of Angel Fire, N.M., Carole Diane (Joseph Michael) Tray of Fort Worth, Texas, and Melissa Kaye Sizemore of Las Vegas, Nev.; one son, Richard Preston (Patricia) Franklin of Fredericksburg, Va.; two step-daughters, Mary Katherine (Jeff) Gaynier of Carrollton, Texas, and Robin Ann (Michael) Stevens of Sugarland, Texas; 19 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
No services are scheduled.
Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.
Ernestina Leal, 92, passed away peacefully at her home on June 9, 2007. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Juan Leal in 2004. She is survived by her four children, Amanda (Ramon) Guerra of San Antonio, Josie (Dan) Pantoja of Corpus Christi, Gracie (Enrique) Barrera of Alice, and Robert (Pearl) Leal of Corpus Christi; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; one brother, Juan Escamilla Sr. of Hebbronville; one sister, Carolina Garcia of Benavides; and many nieces and nephews.
Wela or wita, as she was known by her loved ones, had a passion for gardening. She was well known for her green thumb and botanical knowledge. She loved crafting - everything from crocheting, quilting and needlepoint to ceramics. Many of her crafts have been handed down and are treasured by her family. Wela's favorite pasttime of all, though, was gambling. She enjoyed many vacations visiting different casinos playing the slot machines. She cherished her duties as home maker, having mastered the art of preparing elaborate meals. Her flour tortillas were second to none and her tamales were a holiday staple. Wela loved hosting a full house of family and friends at any and all occasions.
Wela was the consummate lady, seldom seen without make-up, hair done, nails polished and prim and proper attire. This virtue kept her young at heart and full of life, making those around her feel equally as young. Her sense of humor and zest for life allowed all who loved her to learn to laugh and most importantly to approach life head on. She enjoyed sharing her many life experiences with her grandchildren and relished in playtime with her great and great-great-grandchildren.
Wela will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched, although we know she's with her lifelong partner in paradise watching over us.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Carlos Everett, for his professional devotion and accommodating style. We would like to thank and acknowledge the wonderful staff of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospice, especially Robin and Sarah for keeping Wela comfortable in her final days. We would also like to thank her provider, Elsa Gonzalez, for her compassion and loyal service to Welita.
Pallbearers will be Rick Barrera, Jason Leal, Jesse Vela, Saul Hinojosa Jr., Brett Howe and Martin Silva.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2007 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Memory Gardens Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Memory Gardens Funeral Home. Interment to follow service at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Memory Gardens Funeral Home.