Rafaela Olivarez, age 99, a resident of Kingsville, Texas and a former resident of Sarita, Texas passed away Monday, December 29, 2008 in Kingsville. She was born on March 18, 1909 in Kenedy County, Texas to Francisco Gutierrez and Cecilia Garcia Gutierrez.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dario Olivarez; son, Gonzalo Olivarez; parents; and two sisters, Olivia Arguijo and Lupita Gutierrez.

Mrs. Olivarez is survived by three sisters, Faustina Moreno of Sinton, Texas, Concepcion Bueno and Zulema (Robert) Hilton of Kingsville; and two grandsons, Joey Olivarez of Kingsville and Armin Martinez of Raymondville, Texas.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel, Kingsville. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Fr. Romeo Salinas as celebrant. Burial followed in Kingsville at the Santa Gertrudis Cemetery.

Services were entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.