Carmela Moreno Marmolejo entered eternal rest on Friday, February 4, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones.
Carmela was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was born July 22, 1936, in Laredo, Texas, and was a 1955 graduate of Ursuline Academy. She attended Texas Women's University in Denton and graduated from Texas A & I University in Kingsville where she met her future husband. She began her career in education in Laredo, but upon marriage, she joined her husband in Edinburg and they made it their permanent home.
Carmela started teaching in the Rio Grande Valley at Edcouch-Elsa ISD where she taught for three years. She then became a teacher in Edinburg and later moved to Rio Grande City where she taught for two years. In support of her husband's career, the family moved back to Edinburg where she taught until 2000 when she retired to spend more time with her growing family.
One of the things Carmela was known for was her amazing faith in God. She accepted all prayer requests and until her last days continued to pray for everyone on her list. She believed in the strength of family and she supported every member of her family through good times and bad. She was always ready to celebrate or commiserate through it all. She was happiest when there was music, and she loved to sing and dance. She and Brig enjoyed dancing everything from the twist to cumbias. She was also a strong believer in good etiquette and passed along these life skills to her children, grandchildren, and students.
Carmela is preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Carmen Moreno, her brother, Antonio Moreno, Jr., and her sister, Dora Olga Moreno.
Mrs. Marmolejo is survived by her husband, Brigido Marmolejo, Jr., three daughters, Carmela (Juan) Zamora, Irma (Paul) Zuniga and Marissa Marmolejo (fiancée, Alejandro Martinez); her four grandchildren, Joaquin (Denise) Cantu, Jeena Marissa Zamora, Diana "Didi" (Danny) Salinas, and Matthew Lee Cantu; brother, Raul (Elva) Moreno from San Antonio; and her two sisters-in-law, Rosa Alicia Moreno from Laredo and Irma Wilson from Edinburg.
At her request, pallbearers will be her sons-in-law, Juan Zamora and Paul Zuniga, her grandsons, Joaquin Cantu and Matthew Cantu, and her nephews, Raul Javier Moreno, David Moreno, and Antonio Moreno III. Honorary pallbearers will be Carmen Gonzalez, Yolanda De La Vina, Patricia Shupe, and Dominga Ybarra.
The Marmolejo Family would like to give special thanks to her loving caregivers, Anabel Almenar and Cinthia Nolasco Soto, and to her Healing Touch Hospice healthcare givers for all their loving care and support.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2022, at the Memorial Event Center, 208 E. Canton in Edinburg. Funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 501 E. Kuhn Street in Edinburg. Cremation will take place at Memorial Cremation Center with a private interment to be scheduled at a later date.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg, Texas.