Niria G. “Wela” Leal, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in an Alice hospital after a sudden illness. She was born in Benavides, Texas on March 6, 1932 to Ramon and Santos V. Garcia. She devoted her life to the Lord and her family and was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and sister and she will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years of marriage, Fidencio Leal Sr.; her parents; three sons, Esquiel Leal Sr., Joel Leal Sr. and Juan Leal; three sisters, Santos Rosas, her twin, Mila Rodriguez and Elida Mata; two brothers, Federico Garcia and Servando Garcia.

She is survived by two sons, Fidencio (Sylvia) Leal Jr. of Freer, Texas and Ramon S. Garcia and Manni of Waxahachie, Texas; five daughters, Mellie Acevedo of Freer, Texas, Ercilia (Javier) Chapa of Waxahachie, Texas, Rachel Leal (Polo Galindo) of Kingsville, Texas, Ruth Leal (Joe Placencio) of Alice, Texas and Nydia Briones of Freer, Texas;one sister, Jovita (Ramiro) Salinas of Ingleside, Texas; 47 grandchildren; 165 great grandchildren and 134 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Garza Funeral Home in Freer, Texas, with a prayer service to be held at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Garza Funeral Home Chapel in Freer, Texas, with Pastor Chris Ruwaldt officiating. Interment will follow at the Hahl Memorial Cemetery in Freer, Texas.

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Arrangements entrusted to Garza Funeral Home