Romana G. Barreda passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2018. Romana was born February 10, 1915 to Erasmo and Maria Garza. She was a daughter of a pioneer family who settled in the Rio Grande Valley in the 1800’s. Through faith and the love of the Lord, she lived through many hardships and blessings throughout her life, never ceasing to praise the Lord. Romana was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she was a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She was also one of the first Mexican American members of the League of Women Voters in the city of Brownsville. She was a true believer of making your voice heard through the privilege of voting. She could be considered a pioneer in the political process in the Rio Grande Valley involving herself by selling poll tax out of her home. In spite of the hardships, she was proud of her three sons who served in the Vietnam War at the same time. Five out of eight sons served in the armed forces. Romana received a letter of gratitude for her patriotism from President Barack Obama. She was also honored with a certificate commemorating her on her 100th birthday by State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., the Honorable Janet Leal, the Honorable Benjamin Euresti, Jr. and City Commissioner Rick Longoria.
Romana had the opportunity to travel to many beautiful and interesting places with her family. In her leisure time, she also enjoyed watching “Wheel of Fortune”, “The Price is Right” and gardening. She read her Bible every day and loved singing hymns in church and in her kitchen. Some of her most precious light-hearted years were spent at the baseball park watching her boys play ball with her husband Alfredo and her family. She will always be remembered for the care, love and sacrifices she made for her family.
Romana is survived by her daughters Rose Mary Wills, Alma B. (Richard) Peterson; and sons Robert H. Wills (Carolyn), Antonio, Ramiro (Rosa), Raul (Anna), Juan M. “Mr.B” (Rebecca), Albert, daughter-in-law Martha Barreda; sister-in-law, Florinda C. Garza; twenty-nine grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren. She was also blessed by an abundance of great and great-great-grandchildren.
Romana was preceded in death by her parents Erasmo and Maria Conde Garza; her husband Alfredo M. Barreda; her sons Gustavo, Alfredo (Freddy); her sister Angelita G. Thompson; brothers Felix, Manuel, Erasmo, Alberto and Antonio Garza; stepsons Alfred B. McAllen, Ruben Barreda and Robert Barreda; daughter-in-law Maria Barreda.
Honored to be serving as Romana’s pallbearers are Robert Nunez, Richard Nunez, Alfred Nunez, David Nunez, Raul Barreda and Tre Paz. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Barreda, Chris Ewing, Scott Ewing, Michael Barreda , Ramiro Barreda, Jr., Rusty Brechot, Mark Babcock and John Paz.
Romana’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Romana’s caregivers at The Rio at Fox Hollow. A special thanks goes to Dr. Stanley Sy, Annette Rios (social worker), nurses and CNA’s. Also, we thank Safe Haven Hospice and the entire staff for their genuine compassion and belief that every life is precious and deserves to die in dignity.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, East Chapel. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens, Brownsville, Texas.
Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one.
At a sad time as this, the Bible gives us comfort at Revelation 21:3&4 where God promises to eliminate sickness, sorrow and death in the future.
I hope this scripture gives you some consolation.
To my cousins and your families my deepest condolences. May she rest and may she finally get to meet our savior whom she loved so much. She was a great aunt and someone who inspired me to be strong and voice my opinion. Her involvement with politics encouraged me to get involved . To stand up for our country and fight the good fight. Thank you for being such a good aunt and mother.
Olivia Garza BarredaBrownsville, TX
I would like to offer my condolences to the family. Mere words cannot express the grief that comes from losing a dear loved one to death. What can give us a measure of comfort is the Bibles promises of the day when sickness and death will be no more. Such words can hopefully ease the pain you all are experiencing at this time of sorrow. May the God of ALL comfort keep you enduring now and in the days to come. And may happy memories warm your hearts. - Revelation 21:3-5; 2 Corinthians 1:2-4
So sorry here about your mother Mr B take care and god bless all of you and your families.
javier torresbrownsville, TX
Fred, I am deeply sadden by the loss of your grand mother. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult times, My heartfelt condolences. Pepe
Jose (Pepe) SandovalLyford, TX
I know she was able to touch many lives in her 100+ years. The collective memories of those she touched will keep her alive for many more years.
Liza AltarasSeattle, WA
Condolences from the Romero family. Tia Mine was one of a kind and above all a superior mother. Her legacy are her children. Because of the way she raised them and the example she set for them they are good men and women. Her job is done. Well done Tia Mine.
Lidia Garza RomeroHarlingen, TX
Celebrating the life and mourning the loss of this great lady. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Barreda family.
Brook PallanezBrownsville, TX
She was a beautiful lady and will truly missed. She treated my brother Rick like one of her own. Our hearts and love is with the family.
Denny and Callie RussSt. Petersburg, FL
Sorry for your loss, My deepest condolences our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sharee rosasLyford, TX
May she rest in peace. She certainly had a long, full and fruitful life. My prayer is that she may now spend time and enjoy the company of all her loved ones that went before her and that she may now have the opportunity to meet and come to know her granddaughter who went before her, Bianca Barreda 01-01-1981/02-19-2011. ❤️
Cecilia BlanchardEdinburg, TX