Maria de la luz "Lucy" Gonzalez was born on February 23, 1931, and went home to our Lord on January 30, 2019, at Sonterra Health Center in San Antonio, TX.

Born in Realitos, TX, she lived most of her life in Edinburg, TX. Maria married her high school sweetheart, Alfredo C. Gonzalez in 1953 and was happily married for 57 years, until his death. Lucy graduated from Hebbronville High School in 1950 and from Texas A & M University in Kingsville, TX with a degree in Education in 1964. She began her career teaching in Kingsville ISD from 1964-1965. In 1966, Maria and her husband, Chief Alfredo C. Gonzalez moved to their forever home in Edinburg, TX. Mrs. Gonzalez taught at Edinburg High School from 1966-2003. She was a Catholic Daughter, past Regent President, a former member of St. Joseph Board & of the Altar Society, Member of the Pan American Round Table, and board member of the Edinburg Library. She served in several committees as a member of wives of the Texas Police Association and Texas FBI Academy Association to support her husband and all wife's. Maria is going to be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Chief Alfredo C. Gonzalez; her parents, Alejandro and Carmen Rodriguez; three brothers, Avelino, Moise, and Noe Rodriguez; seven in-laws, Alfredo and Severa Gonzalez, Rogelio and Margarita Montemayor, Francisco "Jerry" and Nydia Gomez, and Adan Canales.

Mrs. Gonzalez is survived by her son, David D. "Danny" (Laura) Gonzalez; a daughter, Clarissa Ladner; ex son in law, Steve Aponte; five grandchildren, Jennifer Marie Bueno, Vanessa Veronica Gonzalez, Nicholas Alfredo Gonzalez, Rebecca Elizabeth (Roel) Ortiz, and Steven Daniel Aponte; six great-grandchildren, Erin Nicole (Blake)Strunk, Emelie Alexandra Bueno, Adam John Gonzalez, Eli Jean Gonzalez, Avery Rose Hill, Roel Emmanuel Ortiz; one great-great-grandchildren, Halston Grant Strunk; a cousin (raised together), Lupe Rodriguez; five in-laws, Carlos and Maria Garza, Rosaura Canales, Roel and Arabella Perez; numerous nieces, nephews, and great-grand nieces, from the Gonzalez, Montemayor, Garza, Gomez, Canales, Perez and Rodrigues families.

A special memory from a son; my amazing stern loving mom lived life "her way" always directing and giving orders. Critical but loving to push you to success. My father was successful in great part because of her. Her legacy is all of us her children, friends and all who she taught and or knew her. I will miss her, she never changed. Please, I pray to you my Lord accept her into your eternal kingdom that she may smile and see her husband, parents, brothers and loved ones with you our heavenly father.

Pallbearers will be, Nicholas Alfredo Gonzalez, Steven Daniel Aponte, Roel Ortiz, John C. Canales, Mark A. Canales, Robert Garza, Gabriel Camarena & Victor Garcia. Honorary pallbearer will be Adam J. Gonzalez.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with a 5:30 p.m. rosary Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E Canton in Edinburg, Texas. Funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg, Texas. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen. 
Family & Friends are welcome to a wake to honor the life of Maria de la luz "Lucy" Gonzalez after entombment to be held at Memorial Event Center, 208 E. Canton in Edinburg, TX.

Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.