Maria Isabel Crixell Vela, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, entered into eternal rest July 3, 2009.

Mom was born in Brownsville, Texas, July 2, 1914. She married her high school sweetheart, Alfredo N. Vela, Jr, (deceased) and together had five children, Mary Vela-Crixell, Alfredo N. Vela, III, Carlos V. Vela, Ana I. Vela McKee and Ruben E. Vela. In 1958 Mom and Dad moved to Houston, Texas, where they lived for 49 years and celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Momís family grew to include 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Alfredo N. Vela, Jr., her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Vincente L. Crixell of Brownsville , four brothers and two sisters.

Mom is survived by her sister Lidia Reyna of Florida, her brother Frank Crixell of Brownsville, her brother Alfonso Crixell of Brownsville and Houston and her brother Emilio Crixell of Brownsville.

We loved our Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. We will remember the recipes she taught us to make, the crafts and heirlooms she created, the prayers she taught us to pray and the love she had for each of us.

A rosary will be prayed Friday, July 10, 2009 at 5 p.m. and Mass will be said Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 10 a.m. Both services will be at St. Dominic Village Chapel located at 2401 E. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas. Internment will be at Brookside Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory to St. Dominic Village.