Mrs. Cortez was born July 1, 1936, in Normanna to Baleriana (Guerrero) and Celestino Garcia. She married Estevean Cortez in Beeville on June 20, 1981, and was a nanny by profession. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was a volunteer at Hacienda Oaks Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Celestino and Baleriana Garcia; and a daughter, Dora Posada.
Survivors include her husband, Estevan Cortez of Beeville; two sons, Leocadio Perez Jr. of Junction City, Kan., and Jose (Linda) Perez of Austin; three daughters, Mae (Wayne Maloy) Kelley of Corpus Christi, Martha (Donald Nino, MD) Espinosa of Houston and Cyndi (Gary) Ritchie of Helena, Mont.; a step-son, Estevan Cortez Jr. of Corpus Christi; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maria (Jesse) Gomez of Gregory and Eva (Jr) Chapa of Beeville; and one brother, Vito (Jan) Vasquez of Dallas.
A funeral Mass was celerated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at St. James Catholic Church. A graveside service followed at 3 o'clock at Beeville Memorial Park with Rev. Raju Thottankara and Father Balaswamy Pasala officiating.
Angelus Funeral Home