Mrs. Vela was born on Nov. 2, 1928, in Falls City to Espiririon and Lucresia Martinez.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Conrado Vela Sr.; her grandson, Rene Rodriguez and her son, Roman “Pico” Mancias; her daughter, Dominga Mancias; and her brother, Espiririon Martinez Jr.
Survivors include three sons: Conrado (Janie) Vela Jr., Claudio and Richard Mancias, all of Beeville; five daughters, Melda Vela of Alice, Delma De Leon and Velma Vela, both of Beeville, Connie Lee Cortez of Alice and Becky Mancias of Victoria; two sisters, Esther Garibay of Alice and Alicia Treviño of Goliad; 20 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at Treviño Funeral Home Chapel. A rosary was recited there at 7 o’clock that evening.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Rev. Balaswamy Pasala officiating. Burial followed at Our Lady of Victory Cemetery #2.
Pallbearers were Tony Orlando Vela, Roland De Leon, Cody Perez, Danny Treviño Jr., Gerald Vela and Rene Vela.
Honorary pallbearers were Rogelio Rodriguez, Jacinto Rodriguez III and Claudio Mancias.
Treviño Funeral Home