Sister Maria Amada Villarreal, 76, of Kingsville passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. She was born on Sept. 9, 1934 in Robstown to Joaquin Villarreal Jr. and Maria Magdalena Villarreal. Sister Maria Amada entered the religious order of the Missionary Daughters of the Most Pure Virgin Mary on Sept. 3, 1953. She got her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and graduated with her Masters Degree in Administration from Texas A & I University in Kingsville. Sister Maria Amada worked most of her life as a teacher and principal of St. Anthony's Catholic School in Robstown, but also taught at St. Martin's Catholic School in Kingsville, St. Joseph's Catholic School in Sunnyside, Washington, and at Our Lady of Sorrows in Mc Allen. She loved to teach elementary students and was also active with many other school and church organizations but she especially had a love and passion for the missionary work she did in Aquismon, San Luis Potosi, Mexico especially taking food and clothing to the needy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joaquin and Maria Magdalena Villarreal Jr.; and a brother, Jose Angel Villarreal.
She is survived by her extended family, the Missionary Daughters of the Most Pure Virgin Mary; one brother, Joaquin Villarreal III of Robstown; three sisters, Luz Elida Villarreal Gonzalez and Imelda Villarreal Jimenez, both of Robstown, and Marta Irene Villarreal Foley of Waldwick, N.J.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown with Rev. Jose Naul Ordonez of St. Martin Catholic Church officiating. Interment followed in Chamberlain Cemetery in Kingsville.
Pallbearers were Dagoberto Gonzalez, Richard Gonzalez, Robert Gonzalez, Robert Villarreal, Joe Villarreal and Luis Briones.
In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials may be made in memory of Sister Maria Amada Villarreal to Mother Julia's Project, 919 North 9th Street, Kingsville, Texas, 78363 or to St. Anthony's Catholic School, 203 Dunne Ave, Robstown, Texas, 78380.
Ramon Funeral Home Inc.