Gloria was a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Gloria dedicated her life to her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Gloria was a pillar in her family, whom many turned to for advice, love, and compassion. Gloria’s maternal comfort was sought out by her children and extended family. Gloria’s unconditional love and acceptance is what drew people to her. Her infectious smile, grand sense of humor, and loving arms are what made Gloria desired. Her character never wavered, nor did her sense of purpose. Everyone was welcomed in her home and she made sure you felt the warmth there.
Gloria’s wisdom surpassed her formal education through life experiences and living out her faith. Gloria’s faith remained concrete, even during the time of adversity. Over the years, Gloria has suffered such great loss; nonetheless, time softened her pain and strength gave her perseverance to continue to live life. She was a leader of her family and showed everyone how to not take life for granted and learn to love and appreciate each other, despite differences.
For eighteen years, Gloria remained dedicated to her work with the Beeville Independent School District as a Cafeteria Worker. Gloria met and created amazing friendships over the years and loved her friends dearly, as they loved her.
Gloria’s hobbies included spending time visiting family and friends, enjoying her grandchildren, going on shopping sprees and having lunch dates. Gloria will be remembered for many things; however, her homemade turkey and dressing from scratch and her fideo are unforgettable. Simple pleasures of shopping at K-mart and eating Wendy’s chili made her happy. Simple things for a woman who was so simple yet so humbling.
Joe and Gloria would take their entire family camping to Concan, Texas yearly, an event that Joe and Gloria highly anticipated and their children were ecstatic about. The family camping trips were epic and will continue for years to come. Gloria was a devote Catholic and raised her children the same way. We were so fortunate to have her as a mother, as others were lucky to have her in their life. Words cannot explain how remarkable Gloria was. Her words of wisdom and compassionate heart will remain within her family for years to come.
Gloria was the backbone of the Rodriguez Family, and her legacy will live within her children and grandchildren.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Aurelio and Antonia Guajardo; her sister, Felicita Barrientos; her son, Oscar Rodriguez; and husband, Joe A. Rodriguez.
Gloria is survived by sons, Joe Frank of Beeville, Joe Henry (JoAllison) of Pflugerville; daughters, Alma and Irma (Patricio) Flores of Beeville; sisters Mary Jane (Pete) Rivera of San Antonio, Alicia (Ralph Casas) Cano of George West, Pauline (Richard) Cisneros, and Zenaida (Juan) Munoz of Beeville; brothers, Eleutero (Anita) Guajardo and Aurelio (Lydia) Guajardo of San Antonio, Ricardo (Alma) Guajardo of Clute, and Jesus Guajardo of Beeville. Gloria has fifteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, a rosary was held at St. James Catholic Church at 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, a funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with the burial following at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery with Father Richard Gonzales officiating.
Pallbearers were Richard Cisneros, Pete Rivera, Aurelio Uribe, Michael Rodriguez, Alfredo Rodriguez Jr., and Michael Loya. Honorary pallbearers were Oscar, Luke, Elliot, Cooper, Bennett Rodriguez and Rico Flores.