Delma Lamar Palacios taught an entire generation of local beauticians and for a long time was the person people in Alice turned to for cakes.

She’s being remembered for that and for being an active member of numerous civic and religious organizations in the community. Palacios died Monday at the age of 78.

Palacios was the cosmetology teacher at Alice High School for 30 years. In that time, she taught and trained countless young cosmetologists, many of whom still work in the industry and own salons in Alice. She, herself, began her cosmetology career in Alice by working as a beautician at Cut and Curl Beauty Salon before being asked by the Alice Independent School District to head the cosmetology department.

Years before cake decorating became mainstream, Palacios also baked and decorated cakes out of her house for many years. For a long time, her cakes were the centerpieces for parties, quinceañeras and weddings.

During her career she acquired a Real Estate license and worked with Paul Barker and retired with Carlisle Insurance and Realty. Delma was a member of many professional organizations that include Catholic Daughters of America, Beta Pi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for 32 years. She served as secretary and was on the committees including memberships. Scholarships, research and personal growth and services. She was also an active member of the Tri-County Retired Teachers Association and Texas Retired Teacher Association.

She is survived by her son Ray Palacios III, Anette (Gilbert) Martinez and Sally P. (Angel) Galvan, one sister Melva Alegria of Dallas, Texas and one sister in Law Diana P. Valadez all of Alice, Texas and six grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Visitation is at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a Holy Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest at the Palacios Family Plot at the New Collins Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Richard P. DeLeon, Gilbert Ray Martinez, Brandon J. Martinez, Jeremiah Ray DeLeon, Mauricio A. Canales, Seth Alegria, Roel Santos and Luis Davila.