Maria C. Munguia, 87, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 2, at Edinburg Children's Hospital in Edinburg.

Our mom was born in Salineņo, Texas, on December 27, 1921. She was the only child of Natividad and Martina Canales Cortez. Our grandfather, Natividad had a meat market in Salineņo, Texas, and mom would tell stories about granddad sitting her on top of the service counter and giving all the customer's fresh made "chicharones" that they would make. Of course her favorite story was about going bareback horse riding around the small community of Salineņo where they all knew her. Since mom was the only child she was what you would now call "spoiled."

Mom met dad in 1941 and were married in Pharr, Texas, in 1945. Our mom was a very fun loving and charismatic person. She and dad would love to go to their afternoon "pachanga" dances. They would meet our tios and tias and spend many wonderful Saturday s and Sunday s dancing, eating and reminiscing. We are sure Mom and Dad are rejoicing and dancing together again.

Our Mom is survived by her children; Eugenio Eloy (Petra), Edmundo (Nora), Rosalio (Rosalinda) Jr., Elda (Fred), and Emelina (Guy). Also surviving are her grandchildren, Dr. Teresita Benjamin, Christina, SFC Cesar (Esther), SGT Israel, Katriana, Rosalio , Laura, Efrain, Emily, Jennifer, Cody, and Katy, and one great grandson, Cortez Munguia.

Maria is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all those who knew her. Having the honor of serving as pallbearers will be Benjamin Mungia, Carlos Mungia, Efrain Munguia, Eugenio Mungia, Edmundo Mungia, and Fernando Zambrano.

Family will received friends Feb. 3 from 1 to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace at Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg. Christian mass was held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg. Deacon Ireneo Gonzalez officiated the mass. Christian burial followed to Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg.