CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas Abel T. Botello, 57, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

He was born in Alice, Texas, on July 9, 1951. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alberto V. Botello and Leonor T. Botello; and by two brothers Alfredo T. Botello and Adolfo T. Botello.

Abel served his country with the United States Army in Vietnam, AirBorne. He worked for NAS-CCAD for more than 20 years.

Survivors include his siblings, Esmeralda B. (the late Jose Limon) Limon of Corpus Christi, Alberto T. (Esperanza) Botello of Irving, Texas, Lydia B. (Adolfo) Villarreal of Beeville, Texas, Arturo T. Botello of San Diego, Calif., Henriqueta B. Lopez of Alice, Texas, Elva B. Gonzalez of Alice, Texas, Elia B. (David) Garner of Eulees, Texas, and Deacon Armando (Emma) Botello of Corpus Christi, Texas; and 15 nephews and 13 nieces also survive him.

The family requests in lieu of flowers please make donations to Corpus Christi Funeral Home, 2409 Baldwin, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78405.

Visitation was held on Thursday, January 1, 2009 from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening at Corpus Christi Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church with interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

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Arrangements entrusted to Corpus Christi Funeral Home.