October 08, 1940 - October 08, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:38 AM
I am thankful for all the life skills that I have learned from you that are too many to be named. I am even thankful for you asking me to “cut the chicken” for dinner when I was a teenager even though I thought it was so gross, for it taught me about providing food for my family and the sacrifices that are made to do so. I am thankful that my life was out of the ordinary because you are extraordinary. I am thankful that you taught me to love our Mexican culture and to be proud of our race. I am impressed by your many qualities and know that if I possessed all of them, I would be so much more wonderful than I am now. Just as the song says, “you are the wind beneath my wings”.
Now I ask the Lord for his will to be done. I am expecting a miracle, but I know that he is calling you and I will eventually have to let go, but only for a time. I will look for you in nature and I know that God will comfort me when I need it most. You are my treasure and my friend. I will look to Jesus, the founder of our faith when I am weary and I will share the hope of salvation with all of my family and friends. You are a great leader, but such a humble woman who has done so much for her family and extended family. When I think about the effort it must have taken for you to organize so many family reunions, I just sit back in wonder. You have taught be to accomplish much – for to whom much is given, much is required.
You have always been a great friend to those you meet. I have seen the way you relate to other women over the years and how you laugh with them and bond with them. It has been a great inspiration to me in my own friendships. Your reserved nature and quiet strength have been a safeguard for me. I have learned the importance of hospitality and focus on the guest who is visiting from you. I am not as good as you are, but I hope that I can come close some day. You, like an Olympic figure skater make it look so easy and effortless, but it’s not that easy. How do you do that? For me it takes practice.
You have cooked for me, cleaned up after me, financially supported me, emotionally supported me, prayed for me, and so much more, but most of all you have LOVED me and because of that love I am a better person. I am your daughter. I am God’s daughter. We are HIS daughters. I love you now, I loved you then, and I will love you forever. The important thing is that I will be able to love you forever and you will forever love me. Nothing can separate us from God’s love; nothing can separate us! We will live together in God’s mansion for eternity!
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:17 PM
Queen Graciela started her Red Hat Society adventure in 2004 when she join my chapter, Red Hat Classy Chicks. I encourage her to start her own chapter. She did and turned it into the great succes it is. I will always remember her sweet smile and quite demeanor. RIP my dear friend.
Olga "Mike" Spotswood (San Antonio, TX)
Monday, October 09, 2017 9:02 PM
Our condolences to Ruben and the family. I met Graciela at Alpha in summer of 2016. She was our table leader. Though I did not know her for very long, she made an impact in my life. I can't explain what it was, but I felt a bound with Ms Graciela. May Our Lord, give comfort and strength during this difficult time to all her family and friends. Graciela will be greatly missed. Much love.
Herlinda Valero-Garcia (San Antonio, TX)
Monday, October 09, 2017 3:11 PM
Graciela touched my soul in a way I don't think she ever truely knew. She has always and will always have a very special place in my heart. I will miss her beautiful smile and peaceful soul.
Rebecca Badillo (San Antonio, TX)
Monday, October 09, 2017 11:36 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family,,Grace was a wonderful woman,I will forever miss my words with Friends,friend..
Renee Conerly ( Brooks) (Swartz Creek, MI)