Blanca Oralia Vallejo Lopez, beloved mother, was born February 28, 1922, in Mercedes, Texas, to Eustaquio Vallejo and Maria de los Angeles Castellanos and married her beloved Alejandro Lopez in 1947. They were married for almost 66 years. The Lord blessed Blanca with long life and she was taken by advanced age complicated with Parkinson’s disease, passing on December 29, 2015.
She is preceded in death by her husband, her father and mother, sister Amelia Hilda Vallejo, brother Anthony Castellanos, and sister Susana Vera. She is survived by her four loving children Blanca Irma Lopez Davenport, San Antonio, Angelica Lopez Jeffords (Chuck) Austin; Dr. Alejandro Lopez, Jr., (Linda) Alice and Marisela Lopez Moreno (Jose) Dallas; and six dear grandchildren. Left behind is her precious cat, Baby Lopez.
Her eldest daughter, Blanca Irma, spent the last several years traveling back and forth from San Antonio to Mercedes taking care of her mother and seeing that her mother’s every need and wish were being met. Maria Elva Olivares spent 10 years as an endeared caregiver and friend to Mrs. Lopez for which the family is very grateful. There were several other care givers who provided dedicated service to Mrs. Lopez during her last years. Their contributions far exceeded their required duties. Camila Reyna, in addition to preparing delicious, nutritious meals provided help with personal grooming and dressing so that Blanca felt confident in her appearance. Noeme Martinez, with Caring Senior Services, her companion for almost three years, also served as her driver taking her to “pachangas” in the Mercedes and Valley areas and even driving her to San Antonio for two recent enjoyable trips.
Mrs. Lopez, like her husband and mother, grew up in modest means but instilled in their children love, respect, honor, faith in God, dedication to education, community and country. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for over 55 years. She served in many capacities in the American Legion Auxiliary for over 60 years; perhaps the most memorable were the fundraisers for the group, helping to raise money for aiding veterans in need through involvement in the organization’s poppy sales, RGV Stockshow concession stand and the holiday fruitcake sales. Another commitment was her work on the Campacuas Memorial, helping with the sale of raffle and dance tickets to aid in their effort to maintain and restore the Campacuas Cemetery. More recently she served on the Keep Mercedes Beautiful Board. On November 9, 2010, Mayor Joel Quintanilla bestowed upon her the City of Mercedes Proclamation of Recognition of her Pride and Commitment as a Lifetime Resident of the City of Mercedes. She proudly displayed this award in her home.
Mrs. Lopez always valued involvement in government, whether it be at a local, state or national level, and continued to vote and encouraged others to exercise their right to vote. Many local politicians knew the importance of an endorsement by Mrs. Lopez. Her phone continued to ring until the last year of her life from residents in the community or family friends needing assistance or advice from Mrs. Lopez. She was a friend to all and opened her heart to all with her wit, smile and the twinkle in her eyes. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, family and friends and the community of Mercedes.
Recently, upon seeing a need for lighting in the outdoor hallway of the school building and parish hall of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mrs. Lopez remarked that upon her death, in lieu of flowers, contributions could be made to provide funding for such a project.
The immediate family expresses their gratitude to the extended family and their many friends for their visits and calls. They extend their gratitude to Bee First Hospice for all of their assistance to Mrs. Lopez. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 1, 2016, from 5 to 9 p.m. with prayer service to be held at 7:30 p.m. at Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home, 439 S. Vermont, Mercedes, Texas. A church service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 703 West 3rd Street, Mercedes, Texas, on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at Ebony Grove Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Chuck Jeffords, Lyndon Cordero Lopez, Nicolas Moreno, Jose Moreno, Richard Garcia, Henry Hinojosa and Howard Wade.