FALFURRIAS, Texas – Lily Nichols Vela, 73, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2008 at her residence in Falfurrias, Texas. She was a born March 2, 1935 to the late Cruz Carrejo Nichols and Antonia Estrada Nichols.

Survivors include her husband, Rumaldo Vela of Falfurrias, Texas; a son,

Rumaldo “Danny” Vela of Falfurrias, Texas; three daughters,  Sandra Vela (Anselmo) Lozano of Pearland, Texas, Yvonne “Bonnie” (David) Garza of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Margot Lily Vela of Houston, Texas; a brother, Billy R. (Mague) Nichols of Austin, Texas; a sister, Dora Yenelavage of Austin, Texas;  and six hrandchildren.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at Alaniz Funeral Home of Falfurrias.

Funeral Mass will he celebrated at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery of Falfurrias.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at 2141 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 7000, El Segundo, Calif., 90242. (877-272-6226.)

Arrangements entrusted to Alaniz Funeral Home of Falfurrias.