Hermelinda Economedes, 66, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Feb. 23. She battled her illness for more than a decade undergoing many surgeries and other procedures as the disease ravaged one bodily system after another.

She was born in Edinburg, on Sept. 25, 1942, to Cayetano Casas and Gregoria Lopez Diaz. "Linda" or "Mellie," as she was fondly known to close friends and family, was raised and lived the most of her life in Edinburg. She attended Sacred Heart School and Edinburg High School, graduating in 1961. Linda obtained her nursing degree, and thereafter gained employment with local physicians for many years. She later worked in real estate for a number of years.

In 1967, Linda married the love of her life, Johnny G. "The Greek" Economedes. They shared a warm and loving relationship until his passing in 1998. She is also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Abundio, Noe and Porfirio Casas, and two sisters; Guadalupe Sandoval and Lucia Rodriguez. She is survived by her loving daughter and tireless caretaker; DeAnne Economedes of Edinburg, loving son; Andrew Economedes of Dallas, sisters; Sister Cecilia Casas RSM, and Evangelina (Carlos) Garza, sisters-in-law; Maria Elena Casas and Lydia Casas; brother-in-law; Israel Rodriguez, numerous nephews and nieces, and 35-year family companion, Maria de Jesus "Chuy" Chia.

Linda was an active member of the Pan American Round Table of Edinburg where she served on various local and state committees, Texas Forest Service Rural Fire Advisory Council, as a representative of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department, Edinburg Friends of the Library, and McAllen Booklovers Club. She was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Edinburg, where she served as a lector and member of the ACTS Brothers and Sisters, Disciples in Mission and the Women of Grace.

The family extends its deepest gratitude and thanks to the dedicated healthcare providers, Maribel Grimaldo, Sandra Llanos, Rosa Estrada of St. Anthony:s Home Health and special love and thanks to the many prayer groups and friends for their perpetual companionship in prayer, to Fr. Robert Charlton, SSCC, and to Fr. Michael Annunziato, her spiritual advisors.

Pallbearers will be Gus Casas, Carlos Garza Jr., Joe Sandoval, Joe Rodriguez, Noe Casas Jr., J. Humberto Rodriguez, Joseph Jimenez, Adam Silva and Dr. Joe Peralez III. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Dillard III, Juan Jaime Casas, Jerry Casas, Jerry Sandoval, Leo Sandoval Jr., Ronnie Casas, Dr. Jose Rodriguez, Dr. Hiram Tavarez, Dr. Marvin Tavarez, J. Humberto Rodriguez II, Robert, Travis, John, Michael, and Dan Dillard II, Joe Peralez Jr., Fred Soliz, Mel Ybarra, Dr. Aliber Lozano Jr., Sandra Moscoso, Gene, Marilyn and Judy Houts, Carmen and Dario Guerra, Becky and Michelle Garcia, Chele Ortiz, and Sylvia C. Garcia, members of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department, Texas Forest Service Rural Fire Advisory Council, members of the Pan American Round Table of Edinburg, all brothers and sisters of the ACTS community.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace at Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg. Rosaries will be recited on Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Edinburg. Christian mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. Internment will follow to Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Her passing brings a loss to her family friends and community, but memories of Linda focus not on her illness, but on her immense love for God and family and on her accomplishments and community spirit. She requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund, P.O. Drawer 1079, Edinburg, Texas 78540 or the Edinburg Chapter of the Pan American Round Table. Funeral services are entrusted to Johnny Garcia, Funeral Director of Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg.