Esther A. Canales, 65, was born on April 25, 1943, and entered the pearly gates to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

Canales was born in Edinburg and had lived there all of her life. She was very active with the Hidalgo County Elections Department and the Woodmen of the World Camp RGV. She was a member of Trinity Worship Center in Pharr.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Abel “El Ronco” and Corina Martinez; and her grandson, Fernando “Fernie” Luna Jr. Canales is survived by three sons, Arnulfo (Beatrice) Canales Jr. of Edinburg, Rolando (Prissila) Canales of San Benito, and Eric (Imelda) Canales of Edinburg; a daughter, Jeannette Canales of Edinburg; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marina A. Gonzalez of McAllen and Norma (Fred) De Leon of Edinburg.

Visitation was held at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E. Canton, in Edinburg. Cremation took place at a later date at Val Verde Memorial Gardens in Donna. Funeral services were under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.