Santos Cortez entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 22, at her residence in Edinburg at the age of 81.

She was born on April 27, 1927, to Benigno and Teresa Loredo in Benjamin, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Benigno and Teresa Loredo; and husband, Alberto Cortez.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Israel Cortez, Enrique Cortez, Jesus Cortez, Santos Cortez, Elma Valdez, Belia Cortez, Imelda Vargas, Hector Cortez, Juan Cortez, Francisca Esquivel, Sergio Cortez, and Dora Deleon; sisters, Teodora Villarreal, Martina Martinez, and Magdelena Gomez; 43 grandchildren; 73 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Visitation and a prayer service were held on Tuesday, March 24, at Gonzalez Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on

Wednesday, March 25, at 10 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Edinburg. Interment to follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen. Funeral arrangements and services are under the direction of Marc A. Gonzalez, Funeral Director of Gonzalez Family Funeral Home, LLC of Edinburg.